Union Boss Blames Death of Twinkies on… Mitt Romney?



-By Warner Todd Huston

The President of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, has determined who is at fault for the death of the Twinkie. Is it bad management? Is it recalcitrant unions that have driven costs so high that the company cannot survive? Nope. It’s… Mitt Romney’s fault.

What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor,” Trumka said in a public statement. “Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price.”

Yeah, my head spun on that bit of idiocy, too.

But there you have it.

It is amusing that Trumka, a well-known violent thug with a history of criminal actions, is the one baying about “crony capitalism.”

After all, Trumka has supported President Barack Obama to the hilt and this president has been the king of crony capitalism.

Of course, the truth is that neither Mitt Romney nor Bain Capital had anything at all to do with Hostess Brands and the financial troubles it has had.

Politico noted what Rush Limbaugh said about this nonsense. Rush is right.

“[Obama] gets to blame Romney, Bain Capital and the Republicans for the fact that the company’s failed. And at the same time he gets to blame capitalism, crony capitalism. That’s Trumka’s word here. Crony capitalism, Bain-style, Wall Street vultures,” Limbaugh said, according to a show transcript. “See, you and I, we sit here, we hear that, we say nobody is gonna believe that, until we stop and realize that over half the country already thinks it.”

Limbaugh said that Trumka was rehashing the same old attacks that unions and the left have used against Romney, fitting a story line most of the public is already familiar with.

“Trumka didn’t have to even tell his voters, they already know. He was just confirming it for ‘em. Al-Qaeda’s alive, Twinkies are dead,” Limbaugh said.

Trumka’s cynical, disgusting demagoguery should be rejected by any clear thinking person. But the left will use this ignorant sort of “logic” anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729664920 Mike McLean

    What happened to George bush???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514102357 Vince Gomez

    LMFAO! Typical.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001163373867 Robert K Haslett

    obama and the unions work together, blame everyone else for their faults

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1087629791 Woodrow Hunter

    Bahahahaha……idiot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1418110963 Ron Zampino

    Ya gotta blame someone, George BUsh is old hat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=643563432 Bob Germanovich

    Liberal blame game… It’s somebody’s fault but not mine… Identifying conservatives is easy.. We’re the only people ever to utter the words ‘ it’s my fault and I am sorry’

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1030476492 Lawrence A. Ross

    what shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1789986509 Jim Isa

    Aw man – i was going to blame it on Bush…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163886492 Jeff Rawson

    I wish that Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi would go the way of Twinkies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842247487 Michael Grove

    I thought it was President Bushes Fault….lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1376562238 Jeff Chen

    Well, at least they didn’t blame Bush this time. They’re actually getting creative for once.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214197624 Donald Hale

    F**king liberal Unions

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1030476492 Lawrence A. Ross

    no need to address hostess because it will help the immagration proble. as more companies are bought up by the mexicans there will be more jobs in mexico. i just wonder when americans travel to mexico to get work, will they be as understanding as we have been toward their immagrants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1211826347 Mitch Harrison

    I am speechless. I would like to someone to explain to me how this is Romney’s fault.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1482784774 Pat Clark

    It’s Bush’s fault

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1282574193 Maria Picciano

    Well, they can’t use Bush as an excuse!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000763064036 Debra Reeves Booth

    oh, forevermore! pleez….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336594327 Annette Kuzmiak

    I read this on another page. This person nailed it.

    “I think Romney should buy the Hostess name & BRING IT BACK without the UNIONS! Make it a BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY! Show them HOW CAPITALISM WORKS & companies without UNIONS!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1466006434 Dena Bledsoe Baird

    Of course, why didn’t I think of that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336594327 Annette Kuzmiak

    I read this on another page. This person nailed it.

    “I think Romney should buy the Hostess name & BRING IT BACK without the UNIONS! Make it a BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY! Show them HOW CAPITALISM WORKS & companies without UNIONS!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1467383621 Angela Scarpaci Guizar

    the more they do this, the more the country will continue down the tubes because libs and unions have their heads in the sad

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1467383621 Angela Scarpaci Guizar

    sand I mean

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=695878524 Linda Foresyth

    Funny thing is, the union boss didn’t loose their job OR take a pay cut. Hmmmm, yeah, let’s blame the white guy who lost the election.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589820220 Doris Trentham

    these things are so out of touch with reality it is not even funny!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1795643823 Matt Richard

    Why am I not surprised?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000566621491 Neil Murphy

    Sorry Lawrence, before obama is done ruining us the Mexicans will build a fence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1192285178 Michael Biggs

    Was Sandy Bush’s or Romney’s fault, I forget?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313945233 Rick Sharon

    How so? Did rich fat cat Mitt Romney not buy enough Twinkies to keep Hostess in business??? Seriously????

    Heck, I blame Michelle Obama – all her emphasis on healthy eating and eliminating junk food consumption no doubt killed all sales of Hostess products. I think I’ll also blame Mayor Bloomberg, nothing goes as well with Twinkies as a large Coca Cola.

    Liberal politics: helping poor people by making more of them. Enjoy your government provided unemployment former Hostess workers … while the diminishing pool of workers can still afford to provide it to you.

    Just one question: when EVERYONE is unemployed, who then pays for the unemployment benefits? What happens when we run out of “other people’s money”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509327721 Donna Lappin

    Well, now they have a new target to blame everything on, and he was never a President. Idiots

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000177576586 Pat Arneman

    The union destroyed it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1009576699 Gee Spot

    ya..had nothing to do with the 50k salaries for high school educated machine operators (not exactly baking skill), full boat benefits and 2 billion in unfunded pensions…Who in the fuck could stay in business?..I;m surprised Hostess lasted that long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003319161746 John Thompson

    …lol..okay ..like the union really cares about the workers ..uh huh suuuuure ..all they care about is the loss of cash flow coming from those dues …those union officials still get paid ..even if they negotiate a shitty contract or give you the advice that gets you fired …see the one thing they fail to say is …..the membership employs THEM…as their bargaining agent …they can always get rid of them …they can sue them for not bargaining in good faith ..often times the union is more concerned about pleasing the company so it remains the sole agent for the employees ..it acts in their interest …not the employees interest ..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1491821872 Jeff Cox

    Since some Liberals have posted a bullshit graphic put out by the AFL-CIO – here is a good comparison:

    Hostess Brands had about $2.8 billion in revenue last year.
    Hostess Brands had about $925 million in debt.
    THAT means their debt to revenue ratio was about 33%.

    Del Monte had about $3.6 billion in revenue last year.
    Del Monte has about $3.9 billion in debt.
    Del Monte’s debt to revenue ratio is about 108%

    http://investors.delmonte.com/debt.cfm

    Kraft Foods (Nabisco, Jell-O, etc) had about $54 billion in revenue last year.
    Kraft Foods has about $27 billion in debt.
    Kraft Foods’ debt to revenue ratio is about 50% (they actually have some of the healthiest debt/revenue and debt/equity ratios in the food business)

    ARE YOU SEEING A COMPARISON YET ??????

    The AFL-CIO – and most unions – would say ANYTHING and put together ANY bullshit graphics to try to take the blame OFF THE UNIONS.
    The FACT is that the UNIONS ARE TO BLAME.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1059866302 John Holmdel

    will the union bosses help pay mortgages of those who lost their jobs ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010827598 Cindy Durham Crawford

    Stupid people, can think of nothing better to do but blame someone else for the UNIONS fault…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1491821872 Jeff Cox

    Since some Liberals have posted a bullshit graphic put out by the AFL-CIO – here is a good comparison:

    Hostess Brands had about $2.8 billion in revenue last year.
    Hostess Brands had about $925 million in debt.
    THAT means their debt to revenue ratio was about 33%.

    Del Monte had about $3.6 billion in revenue last year.
    Del Monte has about $3.9 billion in debt.
    Del Monte’s debt to revenue ratio is about 108%

    http://investors.delmonte.com/debt.cfm

    Kraft Foods (Nabisco, Jell-O, etc) had about $54 billion in revenue last year.
    Kraft Foods has about $27 billion in debt.
    Kraft Foods’ debt to revenue ratio is about 50% (they actually have some of the healthiest debt/revenue and debt/equity ratios in the food business)

    ARE YOU SEEING A COMPARISON YET ??????

    The AFL-CIO – and most unions – would say ANYTHING and put together ANY bullshit graphics to try to take the blame OFF THE UNIONS.
    The FACT is that the UNIONS ARE TO BLAME.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23304012 Kate Tietje

    Sure, that makes sense. The greedy unions and the sitting president don’t have anything to do with it. Another guy and a job he held 20 years ago did it, even though neither the guy nor the company ever had anything to do with THIS company. Right then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1377255228 Rod Peterson

    No matter what the reason for hostess closing….the bottom line is this and this is indefensible. The union bakers were told to return to work by a certain time and date or the company would close its doors……the union did not end its strike, they chose (CHOSE) unemployment. They could have been working today and if not happy making concessions look for another job while ya have a paycheck and pensions. Now they can look for another job, or sit on their ass for 99 weeks of unemployment without pension. Way to go unions, you sure showed them. Now they are somehow blaming romney? Would love to see romney buy this company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534357187 Robert Stevenson

    Yup Romney’s fault because HE DIDN’T WIN! DAMNED COMMUNIST UNIONS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1625584697 Alice Harper

    ….blame this on President Bush…everything else is!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1021382468 Rocco Peroni

    You mean it’s NOT Bush’s fault? Wow, the liberals are making progress!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1440401121 Melissa ‘Ingle’ Chambers

    LMAO…at least it’s not George Bush’s fault this Time!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1287706586 Rick Quinn

    why not?? Lets blame Bush!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000116226117 Kate Perez

    How did Romney kill Twinkies??? Isn’t it Michelle who is ridding the world of fat-building foods???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718864069 Cammy Hoffman Sprout

    He’s pulliing an Obama. Blame everyone else except yourself/organization/administration (insert )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001465834102 Toni Pereira

    Damn it!! And all this time i was blaming the jews :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000276233449 Stuart Heinrichs

    Ha ha, what a bunch of lying union idiots. They are taking their cues from the lying Obama playbook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000289077622 Paul Hill

    lol toni

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1202029327 Cosmo J Occhiogrosso

    Unions have outlived their usefulness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1213686714 Barbara Glidewell

    Not sure you know it could still be Bush’s fault!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1382170827 Carolyn Gosnell Beason

    But the Union it’s self have money to support them. Oh well those little people, we had them fooled for a while now let them get by on their own. In short,,,,,Where is the union when you really need them, off trying to get some other souls to sign up so they can close another company down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003828234086 Krista Sibell

    Wait! This is NOT Bush’s fault?! The world really IS coming to an end!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1795085446 Hildy Krish

    what? Really now. I think the union is at fault here, thinking that Hostess was gonna cave in. Surprise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1614608459 Byron Kim Cromer

    It’s become very easy to bash unions, Wall St has been waging a PR battle against them for years. But really, 6 management teams in 10 years, and the last CEO gives himself a 300% raise? In fact, the entire executive team was given 80% raises while workers salaries, benefits, and pensions were all slashed. This is all typical of a company owned by venture capitalist, better known as vulture capitalists. They were bleeding this company dry of every available cent for as long as they could. The investors were still taking in money, the CEO tripled his salary, the executives nearly doubled theirs, and the workers were the cash cow being bled to death. And on top of it- they get the public to cheer for them and bash the employees. This is certainly plutocratic America, I bow before my Wall St overlords.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002722382003 John Wesley Evans

    He’s a idiot

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000722795988 David Wilson

    Hey Trumka, what’s your salary look like? Unions wouldn’t need to keep asking for all these raises and benefits if you and a very long list of union officials weren’t so greedy. There is fault on both sides of this situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000431091560 Jackie O’Leary

    I thought I’d heard it all. I hadn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693537937 Sonia Luera Hernandez

    Of course it is!! Obama supported unions had nothing to do with it. People need to realize that when you point the finger at someone there are three more pointing back at you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1436887997 Marie Maitia

    This is lame at best. Wow, now we onto Romney, what about Bush?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1021128366 Maris Sullivan Metzler

    When they make a surprise comeback will Romney get the credit???…. just sayin (askin)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1726581026 Kathy Jones

    Trumps made over 300 thousand last year not counting all the union plus he got. All his six VP made a little over 250 thousand last year. But the brainless left never looks at the whole PIC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561010711 Kathleen Gallagher

    Well if it can’t be Bush’s fault it must be ‘insert any successful Republican’s name here’ fault. It couldn’t possibly be Obama’s fault.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1391543614 Dodie Starbuck

    IDIOTS

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1587180026 Dee Davis

    Bull crap!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000287353374 Ken E Young

    He’s a nutbag…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002097325223 Darlene Hancock

    the blame lay’s strickley on the corrupt union bosses, thinking they could bluff their way thru, the union people should be outraged, they have no job but their union goes about business as usual blaming somebody else for their stupidity

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1459455931 Steve Schrameyer

    What a maroon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1286606510 Cathy Space

    or George Bush!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000555586499 Hope L. Mezynski

    wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000067859225 Tommy Ester

    Take a look at the top salaries of the Baker’s union. These folks won’t be out of a job or have a lower salary…..But But But Those Greedy Owners
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=492263917473189&set=a.146302475402670.21571.143928478973403&type=1&theater

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119676685 Brenda Thomason

    Are you sure Bush didn’t do it, too? Look at the size of baker’s union officer’s salaries and you will see some surprises.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=769844317 Dana Jones

    LOL! Pass that buck, you union idiots!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616922365 Dave Love

    He just doesn’t get it the fight is over and you lost! Problem is so did 18500 people who lost their jobs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1750441610 Gwen Wiley

    Bahahahaha….you have got to be kidding me. They went from blaming GWB to blaming Romney. What a bunch of losers. Bahahahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1206710220 Jolyn Rebecca Snider

    OH GIMME A BREAK !! We ALL know where the blame lies. UNIONS !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1750441610 Gwen Wiley

    Annette Kuzmiak, you are BRILLIANT, and I’m not being sarcastic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1253497652 Brooke Barton Datz

    I can’t stop laughing. Unions will be the death of our country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313945233 Rick Sharon

    If we could just unionize unions, we could put unions out of business. I’m just sayin’ B-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1144634918 Russell Murray

    Someone needs to “knuckle-him-down”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1196985863 Marilyn Calaway Sanders

    Union morons!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430906517 Judy Hubbard

    you mean George Bush isn’t?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001594314835 Scott Phillips

    You know how many articles i have read about Union bosses being ‘racist’ because the percentage of ‘minority/people of color’ of Union Bosses does not match in fairness in comparison to percentages of members that are of ‘color’? Lots of stories online about that ‘racism’ within the Unions… Yet what do the ‘minorities’ do? They vote for people like trumpka and the other ‘racist’ Union Bosses who support Obama who appears to be a reverse ‘racist’… make sense? How come Obama and Holder are not all over all those ‘Caucasian’ Union Bosses that are holding people of ‘color’ down in their Union strongholds?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1833207493 Elaine Moomaw

    Wow….& I was waiting for it to be Bush’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001594314835 Scott Phillips

    Everything is about ‘race’ now since thats ALL the libbies and Dems can ‘relate’ to on a ‘political’ level these days. So instead of fighting them i am joining them on smearing their side as being ‘racist’ because that’s all i, like they, can focus on now… Don’t believe me that race is all the dems can ‘relate’ to politically these days? Ask Obama, Eric Holder, Gwen Moore, the new President of the Black caucus, the Black caucus, Nancy pelosi, Debbie wasserman schults, CNN, ABC, NBC, and PBS…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1203144859 Carol Modrow

    The death was caused by the union bosses and the sheep that allowed themselves to be slaughtered

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003997892470 Fabol Hughes

    It will eventually be blamed on W.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000519113410 Eugene Colegorve

    Obama blamed Bush, Unions blame Mitt……..So if the blind (Obama) and (Unions) lead the blind, they both shall fall in the ditch……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1090856187 Andrea DeFeo Dotterer

    If it’s not Bush’s it’s Mitt’s! Dumb liberals!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003729617998 John Hamby

    Just like the whitehouse never their spill fault

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552340476 Holly Caniglia

    LOL! Redic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000049152258 Kelly Mckinley

    Really, I thought it was Bushs fault… Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589287035 Pablo U Hunni

    Oh brother what morons in the Union

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=753663777 Allen Nasution

    He is completely stupid Unions today just another tool working for Obama if we had Mitt Romney they could have continued business

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1495075863 Tom Allen

    Can’t blame Bush so they have to blame someone. Can’t blame bo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1666350910 Rich Harper

    Byron: I have been in business for more than 34 years, I actually have both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. I make my living advising large businesses and institutions in the arena of risk management. My point being I am no novice to the inner workings of what you derisively refer to as “Wall Street”. Perhaps with your apparently vast experience and knowledge you can explain how bankruptcy liquidation is better for investors than an ongoing profitable venture, you see I have always looked to either actual or projected earnings as the path to profits, with this goal actually magnified for venture capitalists as a means to provide benefits to both their investors and themselves….I can hardly wait for this explanation…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000537685228 Jan Birks

    Bush now Mitt. Will wonders ever cease?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1665900505 Richard Newman

    why of course , mitt’s and GW’s