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One of John McCain's most embarrassing moments during his 2008 presidential run was when he stood in front of a microphone while commenting on the conflict between Russia and the former Soviet state of Georgia....
McCain said..... "that I know I speak for every American when I say....today, we are all Georgians.''
Pure political silliness rivaled only by McCain's later decision to suspend his presidential campaign in order to rush back to Washington to solve the Wall Street blowup crisis. Remember those good times?
Well, the presidential campaign season is descending on us again....and the silliness is back....
“Corporations!” a protester shouted, apparently urging (Mitt) Romney to raise taxes on corporations that have benefited from loopholes in the tax code. “Corporations!”
“Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney said.
Some people in the front of the audience shouted, “No, they’re not!”
“Of course they are,” Romney said. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”
"Corporations are people."?? Really?
If, as Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential frontrunner for 2012, says...."corporations are people"....then why wouldn't those same corporations be allowed to vote in our elections? Correct me if I'm wrong, but no one shows up on election day claiming to be, like, Coke, or IBM, or Exxon-Mobil...demanding that they be allowed to cast a ballot. How, then, can corporations be people? American citizens have the right to cast ballots in an election.....corporations do not. If corporations are people, as Romney declares....why can't corporations vote?
If corporations are people and not just a business-organizational tool that people use for a variety of reasons....why is it that corporations never stand trial? American citizens who violate the law and are caught....are tried, convicted and sentenced. Far as you recall, did Enron, or WorldCom, or Pfizer or any other corporation whose business dealings were found to be illegal....ever stand trial? I'm talking about the corporation, itself. Has Mr. or Ms. Corporation ever sat in the witness chair and answered questions?
I'm not talking about the people who work for the corporation....I'm talking about the corporation, itself. The corporation which Mitt Romney claims is a person. If corporations are actually people, then why would it be that those "people" can't sit in the docket and answer questions? To ask the question, of course, is to answer it. Corporations are not people......corporations are an invention by people, a business organizational tool for people to exploit. A legal framework around which real people organize their business activities.
Notice Mitt Romney's difficulty in explaining what has become a John Roberts and Wingnuts faith-based doctrine....
"Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people."
Talk about your basic disconnect. I used to own a crane arm machine...you know the ones, stuffed animals, claw comes down, cost a quarter. I placed it in a roller skating rink. That crane arm machine earned money. At all night skate nights, kids would put over $200 in that quarter crane arm machine. All the money that the crane arm machine took in....earned....went to me and the skating rink owner, you know, the people.
But the crane arm machine was not a person. When I emptied the money box of the crane arm machine, I didn't say stuff like, "crane arm machines are people".....because, obviously....that would be crazy. Just because a construct or tool of business makes money which "ultimately goes to people"...does not make that construct or tool a "person."
Like McCain in 2008, this was not the Mittster's finest moment.
But then the Republican mascot, cheerleader-opportunist Sarah Palin, an employee of Fox News, was asked about Mr. Romney's strange definition of corporations, whether she agreed that "corporations are people". Her response? "The people pay the taxes."
The people who work for a corporation pay the taxes for the corporation...so, therefore, the corporation and people are indistinguishable? If that is true then maybe the biggest TeaNut in the Tea-Nut-Bag...Kentucky GOP Senator, Rand Paul...is correct here...
KEYES: What did you make of Mitt Romney’s statement today that “corporations are people”?
PAUL: Corporations are collections of people. I think we’re all corporations. To say we’re going to punish corporations like they’re someone else. All of us are corporations.
Naturally, this brings us full circle back to John McCain's embarrassing claim from 2008..."we're all Georgians." The 2012 twist from GOP candidates for president? "We're all corporations now."
KEYES: I think people might argue that corporations can’t be sent to jail.
PAUL: I think those arguments can be made, but I think the fact that a lot of times people want to vilify corporations, saying they’re someone else, that they’re these other rich people. They’re us. They’re the middle class. We all own parts of corporations.
Set aside for a moment the fact that only 50% of Americans own stock in corporations. Republican presidential candidates, like Romney.....and TeaNuts, like Palin and Paul....are making their loyalties known. Rand Paul doesn't like the idea of real people "vilifying corporations." And that's the point. Republicans and the Radical John Roberts Court have made it their lot in life to defend the powerful and the wealthy. Average Americans? Not so much.
In order to defend corporations, and the billionaires who own them, from sharing in any sacrifice needed to right our national economic ship.....we are being told by Republican leaders that corporations are not really tools which people use to bypass taxes and accountability...oh no....corporations are people, just like you and I.
Now excuse me while I go and register my crane arm machine to vote.