Valerie Bruton: I really feel like people
need to know what Mitt Romney did to Marion, Indiana, in 1994. Randy Johnson: The average person in the Marion
area would say they were middle-income to lower-income. But we had good jobs that you could raise
a family on. The plant that I worked at was right over
here. SCM produced office supply products. We made tablets, file folders, index cards,
calendars. Anything that you can use in an office or
around the household. It was a lot of work! But you felt like you
really accomplished something. Valerie Bruton: I really can’t explain it. My hands can explain it, for all these calluses
– [Voice of Valerie] When you make a product,
and you know it’s the best you can do – it feels good. Jerry Rayburn: Good paying job with good benefits
– I loved working with the people I worked with. I thought I was settled in for life. Newscaster: Until early July, workers were
employed by SCM, an office product supplier. But then the company was sold to Ampad. Former Employee: One day we had a job, the
next day we didn’t. Randy Johnson: We’d been bought and sold in
the past. We never had a problem. We were always a business that had value. Sharon Bennett: And when the Bain Capitol
boys, and Ampad, came in, it was a whole different story. They put armed guards up at the doors, they
didn’t look at anyone. They didn’t speak to anybody, they just told
us we were all fired. Jerry Rayburn: I understand if you gotta cut
back or lay off, I mean, that’s part of the business. We’ve accepted that over the years we were
there. But you don’t come in and just take everything
that everybody’s got, and destroy a business. I mean, that’s what they did. We were a nice,
strong, healthy company. We were making money. And for them to just come out from nowhere
and to shut the place down… it was devastating. Newscaster: When Ampad bought the former SCM
plant, it abruptly fired all 350 workers. The union says it reduced wages and benefits. Jerry Rayburn: The first thing they did was
knock the pay down. We got people in here, uh, that went back
to wages they made 14 years ago. They took our benefits. We didn’t have any
more retirement. And Bain, Mitt Romney – they did not care
about us as workers. They were looking at the mighty Dollar. Valerie Bruton: When I look at that clipping
that I have in the paper of the closing. That’s where it all started for me. That was
the worst day of my life. At the time all this happened, I was pregnant,
had two kids at home, and had just lost my job. Jerry Rayburn From week to week, I didn’t
know what I was gonna do. I was barely getting by, groceries were getting thin. Valerie Bruton: When SCM shut the doors, that
was the first time I’d ever been in the system with food stamps. Then I had to get on Medicaid. It was rough,
but I did it. I had no choice because I had my babies, my
babies depended on me. That was the most degrading thing. I mean,
don’t get me wrong, it’s there for a reason. But I never, in my whole life, ever think
that I would have to resort to that. Because I wasn’t raised like that. My parents instilled in me: you give it 110%
of whatever you do in life. So when you’re not raised with getting public
asisstance, that was very devastating to me. Randy Johnson: As a leader, because that was
my job, too. When you have to sit there and watch the people’s
faces, and they’re looking to you for the answers, They just break down. And it’ll choke you
up. It’s real. Sharon Bennett: I had my electricity turned
off and my heat turned off, and they were threatening to take my car. I was scared. I mean, it affects every aspect
of your life. Newscaster: And as for Ampad’s side of this
story.. Security Guard: No comment, that’s what I
was told Interviewer: No interviews? (no) No responses?
(no) No comments? (No comment) Nothing at all? Security Guard: That’s what I was just told.
I’m just doing what I’m told. Jerry Rayburn: To me, Mitt Romney takes from
the poor and the middle-class and gives to the rich. He’s just the opposite of Robin
Hood. And just think – We’re talking about just
the companies. But how many businesses associated with those
companies? How many Mom-n-Pop shops? How many restaurants? How many little bars
and things like that around these plants? How many small communities were devastated?
It didn’t just stop, you know, with the worker. Jerry Rayburn: It makes me sick to my stomach
when I sit there and watch Mitt Romney tell the American people how he creates all these
jobs. Valerie Burton: They’re not jobs for a middle-class
person. I mean, you would have to work his job – and
two other jobs – just to maintain. Sharon Bennett: You can tell by the way he
acts, the way he talks. He doesn’t care anything about the middle-class
or the lower-class people. Randy Johnson: Mitt Romney’s philosophy for
doing business is to take over companies just to get some money. Then dump the business
no matter what. If that’s his approach to the American economy,
I can’t imagine it being very pretty for the workers. Every person that’s on the lower scale right
now wants to work to the middle income. And they’ll work their tail off in this country
to do it. And, if Mitt Romney’s in charge, I don’t know
whether they’re going to get the opportunity at all.