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Must-Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

THE CAPITALISM DEBATE
BY DAVID BROOKS
NEW YORK TIMES

The president is now running an ad showing Mitt Romney tunelessly singing “America the Beautiful,” while the text on screen blasts him for shipping jobs to China, India and Mexico. ... What matters is the ideology behind the ad: the assumption that Bain Capital, the private-equity firm founded by Romney, should not have invested in companies that hired workers abroad; the assumption that hiring Mexican or Indian workers is unpatriotic; the assumption that no worthy person would do what most global business leaders have been doing for the past half-century. This ad — and the rhetoric the campaign is using around it — challenges the entire logic of capitalism as it has existed over several decades. It’s part of a comprehensive attack on the economic system Romney personifies.

THE POWER OF ANONYMITY
EDITORIAL
NEW YORK TIMES

Republicans have been the main beneficiaries of corporate and independent spending sprees. The party’s lock-step opposition to letting voters see who writes the big checks is an embarrassment to Congress.  Opponents are crying that disclosure violates donors’ privacy and favors unions. This is election-year nonsense to give cover to the aggressively partisan groups that pose as “social welfare” organizations but tip the campaign scales heavily with stealth financing. ... Republicans turned their backs, including John McCain, once the great champion of campaign finance reform who has been predicting that “huge scandals” will inevitably flow from Citizens United. Voters concerned about the big-money distortion of politics now know precisely who put the issue quietly to bed.

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, July 16, 2012

ROMNEY AND HIS TIME MACHINE





TAKE THE MITTS OFF, MITT