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Mitt Romney and the Luckiest People in the World

Posted on Aug 13, 2011
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On Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the crowd at the Iowa State Fair that “corporations are people, my friend.” The Democratic National Committee took those words and turned them into advertising gold.

On Friday, the DNC ran an ad on cable television in Des Moines featuring Romney’s words. It ended it with the message, “Mitt Romney, putting people corporations first.” —BF


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By SteveL, August 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

What will happen first?  The person who has a job created by Rick Perry will come forward.  The main slime media will ask a Republican Presidential candidate about their plans to replace Medicare with vouchers.  A UFO will land on the White House lawn; a space alien will shake the Presidents hand wave to the cameras, and leave.  Put your money on the UFO scenario.

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By Maani, August 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment

“Here’s the paradox in this whole concept of ‘corporate personhood.’ When it comes to rights, Republicans say corporations are people. But when it comes to the responsibilities of personhood—like paying taxes, being sued for negligence or criminal manslaughter, that sort of thing—their response is ‘Are you crazy? We’re talking about corporations here, not people’.” (RJ Eskow, on Smirking Chimp)

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By Ioan's Dad, August 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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Sad to say most American’s don’t consider this an issue. I think Mitt knows this, and that’s why he wasn’t afraid to say it. He was giving a clear signal to the king-makers, I’m going do what you want if I’m elected, the electorate be damned.

Don’t worry though, he’ll never get nominated. He’s a loser in the South because he is Mormon. No Bible-beating believer is gonna put a Mormon in God’s White House over a Christian.

Plus, Obama seems to suit the corporate interests just fine. If he keeps to his ways he should win again no problem.

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By mrfreeze, August 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

I’m operating on the “logic” of what Mr. Romney said:

If corporations are people then it must be that all people are corporations….....right?

So does this mean I can file my taxes in the Caymans/Switzerland/etc.? Does this mean I should be able to write-off my living expenses?

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By SarcastiCanuck, August 15, 2011 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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Yes Mitt,but some people are exploiters,crooks and cheaters,my friend….

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By prisnersdilema, August 15, 2011 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

Mighty Michelle leaves one small detail out of her message, yes she was a Tax
Attorney, a Tax Attorney for the IRS…when she talks about all the broken people she
saw in court, she forgets to mention she was part of the breaking…

Mitt, always looks like a good little boy, in magic underwear to me….standing up in front
of his high school class to proclaim the blessings of his goodness, and claiming his
straight A’s, as his right, and privilege… I’d be afraid for him, in county jail…

What are you in for?  Trying to avoid awkward hopping moves in the shower…

But that AV is just a taste of what jail would be like for him, meeting the masses, not
insulated by wealth…an experience every evangelical Republican should have to face in
their life…at least once maybe more…

Maybe the masses are a little tired of being talked down to..or preached at…and it’s still
early in the campaign..

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By Lafayette, August 15, 2011 at 2:47 am Link to this comment

Warren Buffet on “Coddling the Rich”, here.

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By Marian Griffith, August 15, 2011 at 1:11 am Link to this comment
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Here are direct quotations of Bachmann during the Iowa Caucuses.

  “We have created jobs. We’ve signed both sides of a paycheck. I get it,”

To which -should- have been replied:
I am impressed Mrs.Bachman. You signed an employment contract for a hundred, nah ... let’s not get overboard, fifty people. That means that you and the 400 people who collectively own most of the USA have created a whopping 20 thousand jobs… And then turned around and destroyed the jobs of 20 million people… and now you plan to finish it off by ensuring that those who are unemployed can starve to death in the streets (so they will never have the chance to vote democrat) all to ensure that you personally will not be called to do your christian duty of loving your neighbour and sharing with those less fortunate than you (remember Saint Martinus?)

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By grokker, August 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

Corporations fit all the criteria in the tests developed to determine psychopathy by Dr.Robert Hare. Yes, why don’t we consider corporations people, but they are special kinds of people—psychopaths!!!
If you research what Mitt Romney did to make his money, you will find that he is at the very least a sociopath —- no wonder Mitt and corporations get along so well.

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By Misfiteye, August 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

I wonder if he would support a corporation as an ordained minister in his church.

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By thethirdman, August 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

Many people doubt the sincerity of political rhetoric.  I actually wish I could
believe in some kind of Machiavellian silver-tongued devil.  The problem comes
from the likes of candidates that actually believe what they are saying.  No doubt
in my mind that the corporate minded Romney really does believe that
corporations are people.  Not even figuratively.  They’ve been at the game so long,
they actually do believe what they say.

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By grokker, August 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

According to Einstein—-
Insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Sounds a lot like voting, no matter what party you vote for.

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By grokker, August 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

@Cliff Carson   This industrial culture is driven by a death urge; an urge to destroy life, and people voting against their best interests is just a more localized, closer to home version of the death wish in action. Personally, I’m beginning to believe that the culture as a whole is insane, and we know what the definition of insanity is, don’t we.

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By rend, August 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Purplewolf: you need to declare yourself an LLP Limited Liability Person. That way you have
also protected yourself from yourself. That is the ideal personhood, I think you only risk
injury from a pretzel in that situation.

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By Marian Griffith, August 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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@Cliff Carson
At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, look up ‘big lie’ on the wikipedia.

But the better answer (though nobody knows for sure obviously) is that the poor who vote republican are more distrustful of government (see above for the reason why) and are convinced that the republican party will leave them alone (again, see above for the reason why).

Logic never enters the picture.

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By Cliff Carson, August 14, 2011 at 9:10 am Link to this comment


Yes, not only the Republican Party has deserted the common man, also the Democrat Party has done the same.

I can understand a minimum wage earner voting Democratic with the hope that the Party that presents themselves as champions for the common man might help.

But I cannot understand the minimum wage earner voting for a Republican Candidate representing the Party that exudes disdain for the common man in favor of the top 5% and Special Interests.

Can anybody explain this every day death wish?

Unfortunately neither of these two Parties will do anything for Common Man, but you would think Common Man would at least vote for some Party that promises to help Common Man.

Look around you and see your acquaintances.  If you are in the lower 50% of wage earners, what do you think when you see your peers upholding and voting for Republican stated beliefs?

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By berniem, August 14, 2011 at 8:37 am Link to this comment

The sooner that we become aware that BOTH factions of our “democratically elected” duopoly are criminal syndicates concerned only with their personal well being and that of the upper 5% of the population that actually employs them the sooner we will move to undo the damage caused our society since the end of WWII.

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By Cliff Carson, August 14, 2011 at 6:47 am Link to this comment


I have to agree with your observation and I would add this obversation of my own:

Michele Bachmann is the classic example of “Do what I say , not what I do”.

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By Lafayette, August 14, 2011 at 4:42 am Link to this comment


Here are direct quotations of Bachmann during the Iowa Caucuses.

“We have created jobs. We’ve signed both sides of a paycheck. I get it,” Bachmann said, in a reference to a mental health care practice she founded with her husband, Marcus.

She means of course that she hired people for her husband’s HC practice. The practice also, which she does not say, depends upon government subsidies of Health Care insurance – at least in part if not in whole - that pays for the mental care that the practice delivered. 

Bachmann also said she would have allowed Citigroup Inc. and General Motors Co. to go bankrupt rather than intervene with a federal government bailout. “I am an unashamed apologist for the free market,” Bachmann said.

Which means, quite evidently, that in genuflecting at the altar of “Free Markets”, Bachmann is prepared to sacrifice American jobs that can be saved. Obama’s aid to the Automotive Industry has saved not all but some jobs – and has or will be paid back to the Treasury in full.

Such is the sort of ideologue that Bachmann is, made-in-the-mould of Rightist Republican political dogma. If elected PotUS, such mindlessness will surely lead us to further ruin.

It would, in fact, be best that she were unelected representative to the HofR. Anyone interested?

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By Lafayette, August 14, 2011 at 1:04 am Link to this comment

Meanwhile, the Iowa winner, Mrs. Bachmann, had these for campaign promises: Bachman Says Entitlements Should be Cut For Future Recipients

Stupid is as stupid says as stupid does.

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By purplewolf, August 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

Rend: I agree to a certain point that in then eyes of the law, thanks to the corrupt Supreme Court, that corporations are considered to be a person/people. But as so many cities and states have had money problems, the first things we have had cut is protection(police-fire) for the people. Does that mean the corporations, I mean “corpersons” will also be treated just like the rest of us little people and also not have the protection we once had? 

And if corps are now people, does that make all the people in this country also a corporation? If so and it only makes sense, then we the taxpayers should also get the lower corporate rate that the Repukes and their ignorant progeny, the T.P.ers demand for lower corp taxes to no taxes at all for them.In fact we should all become like GE, who files a negative tax refund recently and paid no income taxes to America, got subsidies from America and also a tax refund of over 2 billion dollars back from the real American taxpayers. Only in America.

Funny, when the income tax was started, only corporations making a profit were to pay income tax according to the IRS and the working people were to be exempt on paying income tax. The law never changed legally, but the rich decided somewhere in the 1930’s that only the little people should pay taxes and even though it was never legally changed by the IRS, the IRS let the suggestion from the uber rich,to somehow be shifted unto the very people who were exempt from paying income taxes in the first place.

In 1971, the then sitting president, tricky Dick Nixon made over 30 times more income than I did one year, but I paid a lot more income taxes than he did. I was 17 and somehow working in that nursing home for $1.60/hr and paying more taxes than the President of the United States was just plain wrong. Now with this law of corporations being people, I want to declare myself as a corporation. Hey IRS, where is my tax refund???

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By rend, August 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment
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sadly, he is right in the eyes of the law, corps are provided the protections of a person.

See: Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad and how it helped to establish
corporate personhood.

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By raja1031, August 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

If, and I only say if, corporations are people my friend they most closely resemble a type of person prevalent south of the Mason/Dixon line in pre 1860s America.  The kind of person who liked to dress in white linen, sit on the porch of the mansion, sip mint juleps and contentedly watch all the “darkies” gleefully labor in the cotton fields so Massa could provide the hunk of fat back, spoon of beans and hand me down tattered clothing that made life so enjoyable for the blessed few who were torn away from their heathen roots and humanely transported to the holy christian new jerusalem across the sea.  Just like Massa the few persons in a corporation who reap the lion’s share of the money generated do less than 1% of the true work.

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By Marian Griffith, August 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment
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I wish I had more skill at image manipulation. It would be so lovely to combine footage of Romney with the famous ‘Gollum MTV award acceptance speach’

Neygol: I would like to thank my family and supporters, and my friends.
Gollum butting in: You don’t have any friends! Nobody likes YOU!
Neygol looking devastated then brightens as a thought hits him: The companies like me! They are my friends! My friends!
Gollum: The companies? The companies are a *bleep*!

Neither Peter Jackson nor Weta/Wingnut/Saul Zaentz are likely to give permission to use such a parody though :( Too bad really, it would be hilarious and it would really do a number on the chances of Romney to get elected…

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