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Mitt Romney Worked As a Garbage Man (AFSCME ad failure)
© National Review Online 2012. All Rights Reserved. ^ | October 2, 2012 2:09 P.M | By Charles C. W. Cooke

Posted on 10/02/2012 2:16:11 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Yesterday, AFSCME put out a rather silly ad featuring Mitt Romney’s former garbage collector in La Jolla, California. The ad begins:

My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people. He doesn’t realize that the service we provide – if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.

Get the sledgehammer message? Mitt Romney doesn’t understand! Romney could have no idea about quotidien things such as trash collection because his wealth and detachment prevent him from having to know what life is like for blue-collar workers such as Mr. Hayes.

There’s just one problem with this, and it lies on page 251 of Mitt Romney’s book, No Apology:

During my campaign for governor, I decided to spend a day every few weeks doing the jobs of other people in Massachusetts. Among other jobs, I cooked sausages at Fenway Park, worked on asphalt paving crew, stacked bales of hay on a farm, volunteered in an emergency room, served food at a nursing home, and worked as a child-care assistant. I’m often asked which was the hardest job – it’s child care, by a mile.

One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect. – I wasn’t a particularly good garbage collector: at one point, after filling the trough at the back of the truck, I pulled the wrong hydraulic lever. Instead of pushing the load into the truck, I dumped it onto the street. Maybe the suits didn’t notice me, but the guys at the construction site sure did: “Nice job, Mitt,” they called. “Why don’t you find an easier job?” And then they good-naturedly came down and helped me pick up my mess.

Here’s Romney working as a garbage collector:



TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ad; afscme; hayes; richard

1 posted on 10/02/2012 2:16:17 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I’d rather have a trash collector as President of the United States, rather than the garbage bags who are in there right now.


2 posted on 10/02/2012 2:18:41 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Anyone want to guess what the Property Taxes are in Belmont, MA?


3 posted on 10/02/2012 2:19:08 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; mickie; flaglady47
Hah, hah.....CHEATER'S PROOF!

Leni

4 posted on 10/02/2012 2:19:16 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

You can dig a garbage pit and burn it.

Next...


6 posted on 10/02/2012 2:23:42 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama at the UN: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.)
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To: GoldenPup

Obama attack ad...Major fail!


7 posted on 10/02/2012 2:32:46 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
[My name is Richard Hayes, and I pick up Mitt Romney’s trash. We’re kind of like the invisible people.]

“Invisible” until some ad agency pays you a lot of money to demean one of your clients. Richard Hayes probably searches celebrities’ garbage for evidence he can peddle to The Enquirer or soiled panties he sell on eBay.

8 posted on 10/02/2012 2:36:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Reminds of the revelation that Obama had actually EATEN dog as recorded in his audio book in his own voice. We haven’t heard any more about Mitt riding poor Seamus on the roof of his car since. I predict the same fate for the Richard Hayes story.


9 posted on 10/02/2012 2:37:49 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: griswold3
Obama attack ad...Major fail!

When only a Presidential "Face Palm" will suffice.

(Ha...Obambi can only manage a half palm......snicker)

10 posted on 10/02/2012 2:43:08 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

So Mitt Romney has at least 1 day more of blue collar work experience than Barack Obama.


11 posted on 10/02/2012 2:46:59 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
He doesn’t realize that the service we provide – if it wasn’t for us, it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash.

What a moron. Or what a moron who wrote the script.

Duh, collecting garbage is good? I NEVER knew that! And I'm SURE Romney never knew that either.

12 posted on 10/02/2012 3:01:58 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Everyone knows that Mitt is not a man of the little people like the Obamas, who have a close personal relationship with their garbage men.

Each collection day the Obamas have their garbage men in for a rest break and to do some whacky weed with Barack - maybe a litle blow, if he can get it.

And on their way back to the truck Michelle always has a nice handmade potpourri sachet and an arugula salad to go for each of them.


13 posted on 10/02/2012 3:25:43 PM PDT by Iron Munro (US Embassies Come and Go But An Obama Apology Lasts Forever)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

My favorite part is where the garbageman says “People would come out, shake our hands, hug us and thank us for the job we were doing.”

Who does that? NOBODY! Total lying sack of um, garbage.


14 posted on 10/02/2012 3:30:04 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

Amendment: I do thank the garbage guys if I happen to see them taking my trash. Around Christmas I give them some cash, and in the dog days of August I give them a 24-pack of cold beer.

But hugs? No way.


15 posted on 10/02/2012 3:34:24 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I don’t know who my garbage collector is, nor do I really give a darn. I take comfort in the knowledge that someone is performing this service, for which I pay, and the collection service is a viable business providing employment and strengthening the economy.

Does that make me evil and uncaring as well?


16 posted on 10/02/2012 3:38:00 PM PDT by RobertClark (Be prepared, be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Oprah Romney
Willard Winfrey


17 posted on 10/02/2012 3:40:12 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Menehune56; svcw

We haven’t heard any more about Mitt riding poor Seamus on the roof of his car
_________________________________________

Well it actually happened so you can find it for yourself...


18 posted on 10/02/2012 3:47:23 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
ROTFLMAO!

The political work of the AFSCME, http://www.afscme.org/union/about

Another government employee union group. Who do they rail against?
Greedy rich corporations? Wall Street financiers? Corrupt and abusive small business owners?

No, their #1 enemy is their evil employers, the taxpaying voting citizens of the USA!

One President's executive order allowed it, another President should issue an executive order to forbid it.

19 posted on 10/02/2012 3:50:06 PM PDT by sarasmom
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:)


20 posted on 10/02/2012 4:14:10 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: RobertClark

Lol - it makes you pure evil.

Seriously, what is it these days that everyone needs to be adored for doing their jobs?

I say just go to work, do your job to the best of your ability, and collect your pay cheque. If you’re cheerful and do a good job, you are going to get some positive feedback at some point, but even if you don’t, so what?

Just do it for the sake of doing a good job. That in itself is reward. God’s watching - He knows what you’re doing.


21 posted on 10/02/2012 4:18:27 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Frankly, I have never seen my garbage men because I am AT WORK when they come here. If I do someday see them, I will say hello and thank them. Maybe the guy in the video picks up in Dem neighborhoods where people are at home living off those of us who pay Fed taxes.


22 posted on 10/02/2012 4:19:29 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: P.O.E.

Yea, I am going to run out at 5am in my pjs to shake the guy’s hand who just woke me up with screaming and beeping his truck and slamming around garbage cans........no way.


23 posted on 10/02/2012 4:24:49 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The major difference here is that if BO had been the target of such an ad, they would have come up with some ‘notes or a diary’ in a book to be published that BO had done it, or had thought about doing it.

At least the Romney book is a couple of years old.


24 posted on 10/02/2012 4:26:02 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Great find. FReepers Rock!


25 posted on 10/02/2012 4:26:41 PM PDT by FryingPan101 (2016 looms)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

BLL, did you see this ad by obama:
http://www.fireandreamitchell.com/2012/10/01/beyond-pathetic-obama-uses-down-syndrome-woman-named-brittany-to-bash-mitt-romney/


26 posted on 10/02/2012 4:36:13 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What the heck ,he took a cameraman.


27 posted on 10/02/2012 4:41:47 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima

Oh, its a real picture, I thought it was photo shopped.


28 posted on 10/02/2012 4:47:52 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I think there is a bigger point here about what kind of leadership Mitt practices. How many other Govs or Presidents, or even mayors, take the time to get to know first hand what it is like on the front lines like that.


29 posted on 10/02/2012 4:52:49 PM PDT by Capt. Canuck
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To: svcw

Hehehe,need to bring a cameraman to work with me.


30 posted on 10/02/2012 4:56:05 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Menehune56

BINGO!! Obama ATE DOG!!!! Seamus is history! This garbage story CREEPED me out.....it’s almost a violation of privacy.


31 posted on 10/03/2012 1:53:11 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

What is with your HATRED??? Iy isn;t becoming for a NANA....unless you are a DEMOCRAT NANA, then it’s expected.


32 posted on 10/03/2012 1:55:30 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: P.O.E.
My favorite part is where the garbageman says “People would come out, shake our hands, hug us and thank us for the job we were doing.” Who does that? NOBODY! Total lying sack of um, garbage.

At Christmas-time, I tape a card with $20 in it on one of the can lids. That's it.

33 posted on 10/03/2012 7:22:31 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Then he’ll have some experience with what he’ll be doing when he gets to be President.


34 posted on 10/03/2012 7:24:44 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Rummyfan

Hug a garbage man? I am thankful that someone is doing that job, but a hug? I was one of the last stops for a semi-rural route, i would leave a six pack for my guys if i was having them do a bit of extra lifting. but no hugs!


35 posted on 10/03/2012 8:11:59 AM PDT by Docbarleypop
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To: Exit148

I noticed you asked about the trash man late in the show yesterday. Here is the story.


36 posted on 10/03/2012 9:37:54 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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