Romney: ‘Corporations Are People, My Friend’

Mitt Romney. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi (CC)

Mitt Romney. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi (CC)

Do not vote for this man! Via AP:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, clearly irritated by a handful of hecklers amid supporters at the Iowa State Fair, insisted Thursday that “corporations are people,” a comment Democrats gleefully predicted would be a defining moment of his campaign.

Hours before he was to face most of his primary opponents in an Iowa debate, the former Massachusetts governor was outlining options for reining in the federal deficit and overhauling entitlement programs. He acknowledged that raising taxes on individuals was an option, but he said he opposed it.

That’s when about a dozen hecklers started shouting at him.

“Corporations! Corporations!” they said, seemingly suggesting that corporations should take the brunt of new taxes.

“Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney said with uncharacteristic pique…

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99 Responses to Romney: ‘Corporations Are People, My Friend’

  1. DeepCough August 12, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Of course he thinks corporations are people, he’s affiliated with the Mormon Church, which works like a corporation, and if he had his way, he’d do what Jerry Falwell did and give corporate status to already tax-exempt churches just like the Mormon Church.

  2. DeepCough August 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Of course he thinks corporations are people, he’s affiliated with the Mormon Church, which works like a corporation, and if he had his way, he’d do what Jerry Falwell did and give corporate status to already tax-exempt churches just like the Mormon Church.

  3. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    “Corporations are people, my friend.  Filthy rich, greedy people… and I consider them like part of my family.” 

    - Mitt Romney, very paraphrased.

  4. erikgrad August 12, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    “Corporations are people, my friend.  Filthy rich, greedy people… and I consider them like part of my family.” 

    - Mitt Romney, very paraphrased.

  5. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Correction mitt. A corporation is a legal person (singular). People lose their individuality once they join and become one with the dogma of the corporation they have been assimilated into. So losing few persons (corporations) for the good of the many is fine in our book. Off with their heads…

  6. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Correction mitt. A corporation is a legal person (singular). People lose their individuality once they join and become one with the dogma of the corporation they have been assimilated into. So losing few persons (corporations) for the good of the many is fine in our book. Off with their heads…

    • Liam_McGonagle August 12, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      Yeah.  Corporations are actually more like cults in that way.  You know, the kind formed in the 19th century by a half-witted convicted fraud artist who claimed to have the magic ability to translate The Will of God from an angel-delivered manifesto.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith

      • Anarchy Pony August 12, 2011 at 11:52 am #

        Except they claim to translate the will of the invisible hand of the market, and have a monopoly on “truth” and access to “heaven” which they replace with the word prosperity. 

        • Liam_McGonagle August 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

          Excellent point.  Never underestimate the DNC’s ability to snatch Defeat from the jaws of Victory, but after the coming collapse this Autumn, I’d love to see how Romney spins his Hedge Fund expertise.

          • Anarchy Pony August 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

            Hedgies, talk about useless people…

          • Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 3:20 am #

            Man you must have information resources I don’t, I just don’t see it happening.  I’ve been out of the country for a couple years, so this could very well be the case, but tell me where you’re seeing signs of this.

      • respect cult August 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

        yeah i always found them to be the secret societies people are always scared of, but gladly run to get a job under someones thumb.

  7. 5by5 August 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Wow. Never has a douche been that transparent before…..

  8. 5by5 August 12, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Wow. Never has a douche been that transparent before…..

  9. Tuna Ghost August 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?” said Romney, a wealthy businessman who has struggled with an aloof and elitist image as he tries for the GOP presidential nomination a second time.
    His critics were not buying it and shouted back that the money goes in corporate pockets.
    “Whose pockets? People’s pockets? Human beings, my friend,” Romney said.

    So how do you explain corporate profits rising every year despite the shit economy and despite the fact that workers’s wages have remained at the same level?  Whose pockets is that money going into, smart guy?

    Romney’s team similarly tried to pitch forward after the exchange, citing the incident in an email to supporters looking for donations hours later.”Today, Mitt rose to the occasion and I’m writing to ask you to join him and our cause as we fight to take back our country,” campaign manager Matt Rhoades wrote. “Governor Romney made his stand today. Will you stand with him?”

    Yeah, he made his stand against the common man and with the wealthy elite.  Join him!  You too can betray your neighbors to give more money and power to the wealthiest fraction of our society!  He’s willing to give you that chance.  Wotta guy!

  10. Tuna Ghost August 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?” said Romney, a wealthy businessman who has struggled with an aloof and elitist image as he tries for the GOP presidential nomination a second time.
    His critics were not buying it and shouted back that the money goes in corporate pockets.
    “Whose pockets? People’s pockets? Human beings, my friend,” Romney said.

    So how do you explain corporate profits rising every year despite the shit economy and despite the fact that workers’s wages have remained at the same level?  Whose pockets is that money going into, smart guy?

    Romney’s team similarly tried to pitch forward after the exchange, citing the incident in an email to supporters looking for donations hours later.”Today, Mitt rose to the occasion and I’m writing to ask you to join him and our cause as we fight to take back our country,” campaign manager Matt Rhoades wrote. “Governor Romney made his stand today. Will you stand with him?”

    Yeah, he made his stand against the common man and with the wealthy elite.  Join him!  You too can betray your neighbors to give more money and power to the wealthiest fraction of our society!  He’s willing to give you that chance.  Wotta guy!

  11. Tuna Ghost August 12, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?” said Romney, a wealthy businessman who has struggled with an aloof and elitist image as he tries for the GOP presidential nomination a second time.
    His critics were not buying it and shouted back that the money goes in corporate pockets.
    “Whose pockets? People’s pockets? Human beings, my friend,” Romney said.

    So how do you explain corporate profits rising every year despite the shit economy and despite the fact that workers’s wages have remained at the same level?  Whose pockets is that money going into, smart guy?

    Romney’s team similarly tried to pitch forward after the exchange, citing the incident in an email to supporters looking for donations hours later.”Today, Mitt rose to the occasion and I’m writing to ask you to join him and our cause as we fight to take back our country,” campaign manager Matt Rhoades wrote. “Governor Romney made his stand today. Will you stand with him?”

    Yeah, he made his stand against the common man and with the wealthy elite.  Join him!  You too can betray your neighbors to give more money and power to the wealthiest fraction of our society!  He’s willing to give you that chance.  Wotta guy!

    • Anarchy Pony August 12, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      Yeah, take back our country… For the Robber Barons!!! The glorious Uber Mensch that we should be happy to receive a pittance from in exchange for all our time, labor, and effort. 

    • Anarchy Pony August 12, 2011 at 11:55 am #

      Yeah, take back our country… For the Robber Barons!!! The glorious Uber Mensch that we should be happy to receive a pittance from in exchange for all our time, labor, and effort. 

      • Tuna Ghost August 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

        Agreed, friend!  For too long the working class have dominated the rich, it’s time the uber-wealthy to have their day!  No longer will the shoddy, poorly-made boot of the poor be placed on the necks of the privileged!  Soon the top fraction of society will finally have the protection they need!

        …but really, this makes me want to throw up

        • Anarchy Pony August 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

          Yeah… me too. Throw up a brick through a window that is!!!

  12. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    The Title should read, “Corporations are My Friends, People!”

  13. Jin The Ninja August 12, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    The Title should read, “Corporations are My Friends, People!”

  14. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Yeah.  Corporations are actually more like cults in that way.  You know, the kind formed in the 19th century by a half-witted convicted fraud artist who claimed to have the magic ability to translate The Will of God from an angel-delivered manifesto.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith

  15. jasonpaulhayes August 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    This is literally the 4th Reich … “Christian Zionism” and “The New Apostolic Reformation Movement”

    “We (Nazi Party) regard Christianity as the foundation of national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.” Adolf Hitler

  16. jasonpaulhayes August 12, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    This is literally the 4th Reich … “Christian Zionism” and “The New Apostolic Reformation Movement”

    “We (Nazi Party) regard Christianity as the foundation of national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.” Adolf Hitler

  17. Wanooski August 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    What a shit nozzle that guy has for a mouth. And the verbal diarrhea will flow like wine. What a savage.

  18. Wanooski August 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    What a shit nozzle that guy has for a mouth. And the verbal diarrhea will flow like wine. What a savage.

  19. Anarchy Pony August 12, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    What a shit nozzle that guy has for a mouth. And the verbal diarrhea will flow like wine. What a savage.

  20. Wanooski August 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Double post for some reason.

  21. Wanooski August 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Except they claim to translate the will of the invisible hand of the market, and have a monopoly on “truth” and access to “heaven” which they replace with the word prosperity. 

  22. Wanooski August 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Yeah, take back our country… For the Robber Barons!!! The glorious Uber Mensch that we should be happy to receive a pittance from in exchange for all our time, labor, and effort. 

  23. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Excellent point.  Never underestimate the DNC’s ability to snatch Defeat from the jaws of Victory, but after the coming collapse this Autumn, I’d love to see how Romney spins his Hedge Fund expertise.

  24. E.B. Wolf August 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Perhaps rather than pushing back against the idea of corporate personhood, which is getting nowhere, the answer may be to give them more than what they bargained for. 

    Let’s fully establish corporations as legal people. If a company is found to be guilty of fraud, everyone employed under the company banner is responsible. If an act by the corporation causes death, everyone employed by that company at the time will legally be charged with manslaughter…etc. 

  25. E.B. Wolf August 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Perhaps rather than pushing back against the idea of corporate personhood, which is getting nowhere, the answer may be to give them more than what they bargained for. 

    Let’s fully establish corporations as legal people. If a company is found to be guilty of fraud, everyone employed under the company banner is responsible. If an act by the corporation causes death, everyone employed by that company at the time will legally be charged with manslaughter…etc. 

    • Jin The Ninja August 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      not a bad idea, really like it actually.

      • respect cult August 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

        i do too

  26. Gallan August 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    And that is exactly what is wrong with our economic and political systems. It is a complete farce to consider corporations as being “persons.” At least it would be if so many of the consequences of that concept weren’t so destructive. The day that the legal system ruled to treat corporations as having the same status as individuals when it is obvious that corporations have so many more advantages and so much more power than individuals was a black day indeed for ordinary citizens.

  27. Gallan August 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    And that is exactly what is wrong with our economic and political systems. It is a complete farce to consider corporations as being “persons.” At least it would be if so many of the consequences of that concept weren’t so destructive. The day that the legal system ruled to treat corporations as having the same status as individuals when it is obvious that corporations have so many more advantages and so much more power than individuals was a black day indeed for ordinary citizens.

    • respect cult August 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      I consider corporations that profit a lot and contribute nothing as separate countries and we like to invade and bomb those. 

  28. Tuna Ghost August 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Agreed, friend!  For too long the working class have dominated the rich, it’s time the uber-wealthy to have their day!  No longer will the shoddy, poorly-made boot of the poor be placed on the necks of the privileged!  Soon the top fraction of society will finally have the protection they need!

    …but really, this makes me want to throw up

  29. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    not a bad idea, really like it actually.

  30. rarcher August 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    He’s right, though. Financial and power imbalances don’t make them less the faces and active extensions of those who run and profit from them.
    Or maybe rapists could start arguing “it wasn’t me, it was my penis.”

  31. rarcher August 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    He’s right, though. Financial and power imbalances don’t make them less the faces and active extensions of those who run and profit from them.
    Or maybe rapists could start arguing “it wasn’t me, it was my penis.”

    • respect cult August 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

      it “was” my penis i told them

  32. Starkid August 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    what a surprise…

  33. Starkid August 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    what a surprise…

  34. Wanooski August 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Hedgies, talk about useless people…

  35. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    i do too

  36. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    yeah i always found them to be the secret societies people are always scared of, but gladly run to get a job under someones thumb.

  37. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    it “was” my penis i told them

  38. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I consider corporations that profit a lot and contribute nothing as separate countries and we like to invade and bomb those. 

  39. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    but his plural wives are not people, they are objects, sexy sexy objects. 

  40. respect cult August 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    but his plural wives are not people, they are objects, sexy sexy objects. 

    • Jin The Ninja August 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      i can’t “like” it but it was a lol worthy comment!

  41. Andrew August 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Corporations are collectives of people, but they are not individuals.

  42. Andrew August 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Corporations are collectives of people, but they are not individuals.

    • Jin The Ninja August 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

      you say collectives, i say mechanistic cogs perpetuating the beast.

      • Andrew August 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

        I tend to see the individuals as the mechanistic cogs and the corporations as the beasts.

        • Jin The Ninja August 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

          That is my feeling as well- if i didn’t convey it- then may i co opt your post above:P?

    • Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 3:22 am #

      One could view them as a virtual entity arising from the collective people’s actions.  

  43. Wanooski August 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Yeah… me too. Throw up a brick through a window that is!!!

  44. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    i can’t “like” it but it was a lol worthy comment!

  45. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    you say collectives, i say mechanistic cogs perpetuating the beast.

  46. VoxMagi August 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Congratulations, Mitt! It takes a lot of personal courage to throw down the gauntlet and dare others to challenge you in the race to determine who guzzles the most corporate jizz. Could we at least make a reality TV program out of it…where you and the other contestants don colored kneepads and charge through an obstacle course of CEO cocks that you have to speed-satisfy before reaching the victory bell? That way you can make money while fighting for the right to make money serving the moneymakers that will make money off of your future elected office.

  47. VoxMagi August 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Congratulations, Mitt! It takes a lot of personal courage to throw down the gauntlet and dare others to challenge you in the race to determine who guzzles the most corporate jizz. Could we at least make a reality TV program out of it…where you and the other contestants don colored kneepads and charge through an obstacle course of CEO cocks that you have to speed-satisfy before reaching the victory bell? That way you can make money while fighting for the right to make money serving the moneymakers that will make money off of your future elected office.

    • MadHierophant August 13, 2011 at 2:29 am #

      You may have just invented a new genre of porn.

      • Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 3:18 am #

        nah, you can you see that in 1998′s The Shame and Solace of the Lonely Housewife, released in Japan, starring Miyu Tadanobu and Aoi Sugiyama.  

        …or, um, so I’ve heard

    • Nunzio X August 13, 2011 at 6:58 am #

      ::: the race to determine who guzzles the most corporate jizz.:::

      The phrasing is pure gold. With your permission, I shall steal and frequently use this line.

  48. StillAtMyMoms August 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    If you’re still a Republican after reading this article, go fuck yourself. 

  49. StillAtMyMoms August 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    If you’re still a Republican after reading this article, go fuck yourself. 

    • Andrew August 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

      Most Republicans fuck themselves every time they go to the polls.

      • Nunzio X August 13, 2011 at 6:55 am #

        And if their candidates win, they fuck us, too. A double-fucking! Two fucks for the price of one!

        • Andrew August 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

          Our “republic” works like a cheap whorehouse.

    • matty-o August 17, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      HA HA HA

  50. Andrew August 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Most Republicans fuck themselves every time they go to the polls.

  51. Andrew August 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    I tend to see the individuals as the mechanistic cogs and the corporations as the beasts.

  52. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    That is my feeling as well- if i didn’t convey it- then may i co opt your post above:P?

  53. Anonymous August 13, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    You may have just invented a new genre of porn.

  54. davakins August 13, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Soylent Green IS people….. here at Soylent Green, we provide the best possible product, made from sustainable, renewable resources……folks just like me and you!  So, when you say Soylent Green, you say people!

  55. davakins August 13, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    Soylent Green IS people….. here at Soylent Green, we provide the best possible product, made from sustainable, renewable resources……folks just like me and you!  So, when you say Soylent Green, you say people!

    • Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 3:21 am #

      Soylent Green: Now With More Boys!

  56. Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    nah, you can you see that in 1998′s The Shame and Solace of the Lonely Housewife, released in Japan, starring Miyu Tadanobu and Aoi Sugiyama.  

    …or, um, so I’ve heard

  57. Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Man you must have information resources I don’t, I just don’t see it happening.  I’ve been out of the country for a couple years, so this could very well be the case, but tell me where you’re seeing signs of this.

  58. Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Soylent Green: Now With More Boys!

  59. Tuna Ghost August 13, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    One could view them as a virtual entity arising from the collective people’s actions.  

  60. Nunzio X August 13, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    And if their candidates win, they fuck us, too. A double-fucking! Two fucks for the price of one!

  61. Nunzio X August 13, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    And if their candidates win, they fuck us, too. A double-fucking! Two fucks for the price of one!

  62. Nunzio X August 13, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    ::: the race to determine who guzzles the most corporate jizz.:::

    The phrasing is pure gold. With your permission, I shall steal and frequently use this line.

  63. Andrew August 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Our “republic” works like a cheap whorehouse.

  64. Earaches August 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    If corporations are people, they should be taxed as individuals.

  65. Earaches August 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    If corporations are people, they should be taxed as individuals.

  66. A_void2000 August 14, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    They should then also be taxes as people too.  And put to death, and charged with felonies, and be able to marry etc etc.

  67. A_void2000 August 14, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    They should then also be taxes as people too.  And put to death, and charged with felonies, and be able to marry etc etc.

  68. Wayward August 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Corporations are not people, they are made up of people. There’s a difference

  69. Wayward August 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Corporations are not people, they are made up of people. There’s a difference

  70. matty-o August 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    HA HA HA

  71. PISSS August 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Fuck you Romney

  72. PISSS August 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Fuck you Romney

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