I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Romney, Bain and Voting Machines

This is a post that writes itself. All I have to do is grab a couple of pertinent quotes and toss it our there for all to read.  Of course there is nothing reliably sinister or illegal going on. Of all the perquisites that money can buy, plausible deniability is at the top of the list. Ask Bernie Madoff. He'll tell you that credibility is worth more than money can buy. But he'll have to admit that money really helps. And the more the better. His case also illustrates the value of secrecy coupled with credibility. It's hard to know what is more important, the secrecy or the credibility. I'm thinking here of what details, if any, might still be hiding behind the privacy fence surrounding those never-seen tax returns.

Tagg Romney, the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2012 elections in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado. "Late last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at FreePress.org broke the story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in H.I.G. Capital which, in July of 2011, completed a "strategic investment" to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic," according to independent journalist Brad Friedman. But Friedman is not the only one to discover the connection between the Romney family, Bain Capital, and ownership of voting machines. 
Truth out reports: "Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States
 In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who "owns" the White House."

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