Sorry Mitt Romney, corporations are not people just like a person is not like a corporation. That’s like saying 30 million uninsured Americans are irrelevant -- oh wait, that was said! Agree, two different topics but both statements are equally startling and outrageous.
I think what makes Romney’s statement even more outrageous is the context in which it was made. Romney was in Iowa on the campaign trail discussing ways in which the government can help balance the budget. The topic he was discussing was whether people or corporations should be taxed. Romney’s answer -- people should be taxed.
Obviously, Romney understands the way corporations work. He has invested, created, and managed so many over the decades that it's hard to know exactly how many. (The fact that he hasn't disclosed all his tax records doesn't help either.)
But people that are business savvy, such as Romney, know that corporations have many more rights than does a person. For example, corporations have more tax breaks than we do. I suppose that’s one reason that Romney created shell corporations and invested so much of his money in tax havens in the first place. Furthermore, not all corporations are required to follow the same state and federal laws that people are required to, and corporations can donate much more money to political parties and candidates than a person. The list goes on and on.
Some things are just better left unsaid, and suggesting that corporations are people is one of them. It’s a scary thought that the presumptive republican nominee is saying this out loud to Americans that have been looking at one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression. That statement is just plain insensitive and kind of like putting your dog on the roof of your car. Wait, that also really happened.
If the way Romney treats corporations and his dog is any indication of how he’ll treat the American people, well, I don’t want any part of him. His statement is just more bad news for Romney who has struggled with being able to relate to Americans.
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