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It's because they are his kind of people, rich people, the right people. Did you read Ministry of Truth's illuminating diary on a very classy take-down of Romney by Mark from Occupy Boston/New Hampshire who questioned Romney about his "corporations are people" position? Here is the video from C-SPAN from that diary:

The question begins at 17:11, and asks Mitt to justify pro-corporate government economic policies that create enormous income disparity. Between 19:01 and 20:15 Mitt tears off a well rehearsed riff for any challenge to his "corporations are people" stance by repeating the word "people" 14 times in a one minute 14 second span. In the remainder of the town hall  Mitt has little use for the the word people, or, I suppose, people themselves.  But in this almost hypnotic set piece the candidate spits out the word "people" greater than once every 5 seconds.

The really funny thing is he sounds sincere, and maybe he is. With apologies to Bill Clinton, it depends on what the meaning of "people" is. When Mitt Romney thinks of people, he doesn't think about you, or your unemployed cousin, or your under employed sister in law or even me. He thinks of people like himself. It's only natural. And corporations are people just like Mitt, rich, powerful, well connected and little tasked by the society that buoys them, compared to the average American working stiff.

In the end Mitt turned his answer into a sermon preaching the virtues of the free enterprise system and castigating the failures of World Socialism citing North Korea, the former USSR and, rather oddly, Communist China, which last time I looked is beating our American ass in a number of worthwhile economic categories.

Looking for an area where Mitt has never flip flopped so as to get a compass on the guy? Here's one: Rich is Good. Think of every movie scene of a rich asshole you ever saw, looking through the help as though they were invisible and thinking of the World as an oyster dying to be slurped. Meet the real Mitt Romney.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Bumpersticker: GOP. Cheering Death. Booing Soldiers. Join Us.

    by LeftOfYou on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 05:08:21 PM PST

  •  If You Look Closely at Romney (4+ / 0-)

    You see George W. Bush. Same background. Same money. Same ideology. Same party. My guess is: Same results if he were to be elected president.

    He won't be, though.

    Obama will be re-elected in 2012.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 05:11:39 PM PST

    •  Except that Mitt is very intelligent (3+ / 0-)
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      Gooserock, LeftOfYou, Illinois IRV

      and was a legitimate business success. Bush's every accomplishment was based on nepotism, and he never made an honest dollar in the business world. I'm no Mitt fan, but comparing really anyone to George W. Bush is to minimize just how damaging that man was to our nation and the inhabitants of our entire planet.

      •  Well Mitt Hasn't Had a Shot At That Yet. (2+ / 0-)
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        LeftOfYou, happymisanthropy

        I think he wrecked businesses and workers probably more than Bush had before he entered the WH.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 05:22:29 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Mitt isn't smarter than Bush! (0+ / 0-)

        Romney grew up rich and well connected,
        Romney got his job as a corporate raider based on the old boys club, the business of Bains Capital is based on teams with Romney's role one of synthesiizing the consensus of his analysts.

        Both did OK at Harvard Business School, and are about equal in conversation in areas ouside of their competence.
        Romney and Bush both excel as public relations, as glib talkers,
        Who will be Romney's advisors?  Like Bush he would be very dependent on their advice.

        "He would be" if he would ever to be elected President, but Obama is so much more self aware and self directed that he will almost certainly outwit Romney in a one on one, and Romney is so vulnerable as a job killing, corporation as people, I am unemplyed too elitist that he will die a slow death in the general.

  •  Some Corporations Pay Execs More Thn Total Profits (3+ / 0-)
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    LeftOfYou, Irixsh, happymisanthropy

    It's in the news periodically.

    Mitt doesn't think corporations "are" people, he's thinking of the few top owners and managers the corporation is for.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 05:21:39 PM PST

  •  It's for the same reason they all do (1+ / 0-)
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    marina

    It keeps them from ever having to take responsibility for anything. You see, they can ruin lives, put out broken products that could harm or kill people, engage in activities that if the corporation wasn't separate, would lead to arrests, and the most important, it allows them to be utter failures many times over but they can claim to be successful and keep all the profits but leave all the risks to others. Look at Trump, most of us only get one bankruptcy personally before people would do business or lend us money again, but voilla, create a separate person each time and do it, walk away with money and a TV show on teaching others business, and Americans look up to you. And it also allows you to be a patriot but never actually contribute to your countries best interests, because it's just "business". It's similar to the non Mitt PAC's, that he can disown while  he runs it from the shadows.

    There are only 2 things in life I believe about religion: There could be a God and I'm sure as heck not him.

    by Irixsh on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 05:52:45 PM PST

  •  Putting aside the invective for a moment, (0+ / 0-)

    it could be that he says corporations are people because that's the law.

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