Letter: Romney wrong about corporations
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has finally articulated the official position of the United States government as set forth by the Supreme Court in FEC vs. Citizens United: “Corporations are people, my friend.” Despite the fact that corporations pay little, and often nothing in the way of taxes, can change their citizenship in a day and are rarely held accountable for negligence and criminal actions (unlike natural human beings), corporations are considered to be humans with human rights — yet have no human responsibilities. Furthermore, corporations, unlike natural human beings, can donate unlimited funds to political candidates anonymously.
As disgusting and reprehensible as this concept is, one must credit Romney for finally speaking the truth about what our so-called “representatives” in Washington, D.C., really stand for. However, I do take issue with his follow-up to this statement, “Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets — human beings, my friend.”
Which “human beings” is Romney referring to? Certainly not mine. Not the workers whose factories have been bought out and closed down. Not the 16 percent of the U.S. population who are either underemployed or unemployed. Not the 98 percent of the people in this country who must work for a living.
Perhaps Romney would like to clarify this last point for all of us?
Kevin J. McElrath