• Birds Of A Feather.

    Many people want to praise Mitt Romney for being a "job creator," although he hasn't done much of that during his time at Bain Capital. After all, his job was really generating profits, not jobs. Keep in mind this same guy once expressed how he loved "being able to fire people":

    "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me," Romney said at a Monday breakfast in New Hampshire, when talking about health care. "You know, if someone doesn't give me a good service that I need, I want to say, 'I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.'"

    Now that we've established that Mittens prefers changing out his cogs with better...cogs, here's Mittens expressing his love for a fellow "job creator":

    “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.”

    You have to wonder if he heard about Whitman's plans to cut 30,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard's workforce:

    Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive, Meg Whitman, plans to cut 30,000 or more jobs next week, according to officials familiar with the plan. Her goal, they said Thursday, is to spend the money she saves on increasing the efficiency of the company’s sales force and on creating new products.

    The executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the company, said that H.P. would seek layoffs and voluntary retirements from across the company. 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.

    I thought Whitman was no longer with HP. Apparently, previous CEO Léo Apotheker's plan to take the company completely out of the personal computer business didn't sit well with shareholders. Don't feel bad for the guy -- he walked away with nearly $10 million in severance pay and bonuses.

    Whatever Apotheker's plans for HP were must have been so bad they were willing to try out someone who already brought the company to damn-near ruin for a second go around. Funny how those things work in the corporate world.

    I wonder what the sudden show of love for Whitman's coming from. You don't think he's finally found that special someone to play running mate with, did he? At least Meg doesn't exude the batshit crazy of Michele Bachmann or the "aww shucks" dingy hucksterism of Sarah Palin. Nope, just the cold-blooded reptilian mind for disposing companies and personnel who've outlived their usefulness to them. Birds of a feather, indeed.