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Romney Praises Hewlett-Packard CEO as She Prepares to Eliminate 30,000 Jobs

Ahhh, the lengths one must go to receive praise from the Republican Party. Here’s GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney waxing nostalgic about last year’s California race for Governor:

I wish Californians had elected Meg Whitman. She would have been more successful and explained to Californians the need to cut back on spending and eliminate unnecessary programs.

On cue, The New York Times released a story explaining that Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is about to cut 30,000 jobs mostly through layoffs and by seeking “voluntary retirements.” If Whitman’s private sector actions are any indication, it’s easy to understand why Mitt Romney would have loved to have her in office; “spending cuts” appear to be her bread and butter.

We shouldn’t jump the gun, though. Perhaps these mass layoffs will be spread around to avoid impacting any particular region or country too much.

The total could be as much as 10 percent of H.P.’s 324,000-person work force. China, which is one of H.P.’s highest growth areas, will probably be spared, as will its research and development efforts.

So, let’s get this straight. HP’s Chinese division will remain in tact and its American workforce will bear the brunt of the cuts. At this rate, HP’s logo will include some reference to the American flag by Independence Day.

Like Romney, Whitman ran for Governor of California as a self proclaimed “job creator.” Like Romney, she is proving that the opposite is true.

Read more on this travesty here and here.


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