I am for Obama; however, a recent ad about Bain is not going to do anything to get my vote. A business must make money if it is to survive. The purpose of a for profit corporation is to maximize the long-term net worth of its shareholders while abiding by all laws, rules and regulations. If that were not the objective, no one would invest in a corporation and therefore the corporation would not create jobs.
Capitalism and free markets are presently broken and need fixing. This does not mean the profit motive should be trashed. It means free markets and competition is the best way to create jobs. The problem is our markets are not free and industries are controlled by oligarchs.
When Romney was in Detroit this year campaigning he said of the Chinese, "They are good competitors, and like all good competitors, will take every advantage they can get. As long as we allow it, they will continue doing so." Was that his approach at Bain?
Capitalism was created to serve society. Society does not exist to serve capitalism. He has a twisted view of what a good competitor is and that is why we need stricter enforcement of anti-trust laws. More: http://bit.ly/ff1202rc