Mitt Romney, Class Warfare, and People Inc

I don’t want to infringe upon copyright, so here is the picture (which is a pdf file). The picture was taken in 1984; this article is dated October 23, 2011. Definitely check out at least the first page of the article: Romney’s “corporations are people, my friend” statement is too…revealing…to miss.

From The Romney Economy, here is a scene at a state fair. (By the way, Romney even bores himself when giving speeches.)

Romney says “to balance our budget and not spend more than we take in, we have to make sure that the promises we make in Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare are promises we can keep. And there are various ways of doing that. One is we could raise taxes on people …”

Wow. Did a Republican just mention raising taxes on people without putting “Liberals think we should…” at the beginning of the sentence? He did. Gee, maybe this guy gets it.


“Corporations!” a man cried out from the midst of the crowd. Romney was halfway through his next sentence, but he stopped and pivoted, noticing the hecklers, one of whom (it turned out) was a 71-year-old former Catholic priest from Des Moines. Morality incarnate. “Corporations!” a heckler cried again.

Does anyone know exactly what politicians define as a “heckler”? I thought it meant “someone only there to cause trouble” (kind of like an internet troll). These days it seems to be anyone who asks a question loudly–as opposed to cheering loudly–when a politician is speaking. This was a state fair; how were they supposed to get Romney’s attention? Raise their hands and cross their fingers?

Romney seems happy to educate the crowd. (Don’t forget to make the jump!)

Romney grinned. “Corporations are people, my friend,” he said, neatly, flatly, and looked back to the crowd, eager to press on.

Suddenly there were loud objections coming from all over, catcalls and cries of disbelief. But the cameras detected a splash of interest on Romney’s face.

“Of course they are,” Romney said, and he began to explain his logic. “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to ­people. So—” Another heckler started ­ostentatiously laughing, a kind of mock disbelief. The candidate tried another tack. “Where do you think it goes?” Romney said. “In their pockets!” someone cried out.

Romney was already a step ahead. “Whose pockets?” he said, now almost gleeful. “Whose pockets? People’s pockets! Okay. Human beings, my friend!”

And this is all from the first page. The article has seven. Perhaps Romney believe corporations are people because Romney is one…or seems to be.

Anyone could set up a corporation, then they donate unlimited funds to a candidate. I think this is equality to right-wingers. But most of us–let’s say, oh, 99% of us–don’t have unlimited funds. Corporations do (or the big ones seem to, and they don’t seem to care where the money is coming from).

People are not Big Business. The small businesses employing the most Americans don’t have unlimited funds. People–every single one–do not have unlimited funds.

We need to fix this insanity. A black person is now a whole person, not 3/5 of one. While women don’t have equal rights, they are counted as a person. Class warfare? Maybe. But people are revolting against the idea that businesses are people, and idea too stupid to–we hope–last for too long. Class war? Or human war?