Originally Posted by John Mace
Depends. Were there net jobs created by the process? And that would be as compared to what would be expected to happen without the intervention. Not an easy thing to determine, but hardly something one could question someone's honesty over.
I don't think Bain Capital gave two shits if any net jobs were created. That was not what they were paid to do. They were paid to make as large a profit as possible and return value to the shareholders. Nothing more, nothing less.
In hindsight, Romney and his mates may try to spin it as "net" job creation, but at the time, that was not a metric they were judged by, so I believe that it held no meaning whatsoever for them.
On the whole people do not think of themselves as bad people, doing bad things (excluding sociopaths, who do not care one way or the other). Folks will create justifications for what they do, in order to live with themselves. They'll tell themselves that they are doing things for the greater good. Of course, this does not make it true; it just makes them feel better about the bad things that they are doing.