Mitt Romney on The Corporate People
In an unscripted move that resembles that of Ronald Reagan’s dramatic “I paid for this microphone” moment in a 1980 New Hampshire debate, Romney declared he would refuse to raise taxes. This led to the following quick exchange:
Liberal Protestor: “Tax corporations!”
Romney: “Corporations are people, my friend.”
The governor then turned to the audience and asked if they wanted taxes raised, which was greeted with a loud chorus of boos.
Before the afternoon was out, NPR was jumping on Romney, running this story from reporter Frank James headlined:
Romney’s ‘Corporations Are People’ A Gift To Political Foes
The story said that Romney, whom all the world knows made his success in the business world:
gave his Democratic opponents an early Christmas gift by uttering those words. He just made their goal of pushing the narrative that he is a tool of corporate America much easier by providing them with that handy piece of video…. Liz Halloran of NPR was in the crowd at the state fair for Romney’s “corporations are people” line. “Not his best moment,” she tells us.
The story also said:
These words could haunt him all the way to Election Day if he becomes the nominee. They could follow him the way President Obama’s line about rural folks clinging to their guns and religion tagged along behind the Democrat.
NPR’s Corporate Funding
On November 6, 2003, NPR accepted a grant of over $225 million from the estate of the late Joan Kroc. Kroc, of course, was famous as the wife of Ray Kroc — the founder of McDonald’s. Joan Kroc had no independent wealth of her own. History records that she met her future (and already married) husband when he walked into a bar where she was the piano player. They hit it off and the rest, as they might say, was history.
The point, of course, is that Joan Kroc’s ability to leave behind over $235 million for NPR is precisely because of the corporation formally known as McDonald’s Corporation. And sure enough, just as Mitt Romney said, McDonald’s turns out to be filled with people. Specifically:
- McDonald’s employs 1.7 million people with private sector jobs
- McDonald’s has 33,000 outlets in 118 countries where those 1.7 million people have those jobs
- McDonald’s, as described here by the company, provides health care for its employees.
What does this illustrate? That quite aside from the issue of government funding, NPR itself exists as the result of corporate funding. Says NPR of how it gets its money:
NPR’s revenue comes primarily from fees paid by
- our member stations,
- contributions from corporate sponsors,
- institutional foundation grants,
- gifts from major donors,
- and fees paid by users of The Public Radio Satellite System.
And sources like foundations — the Ford Foundation, for example — got their money from the success of corporations. Not Ford Motor Company — no money for Edsel Ford to set up the Ford Foundation.
With 25 million now unemployed precisely as Romney said, NPR, literally on the air by its own admission because it takes corporate money, is now insisting corporations and the jobs they create will be an issue in this campaign. Giving Romney and any other conservative out there a priceless opportunity to make Obamanomics the central issue of 2012.
If NPR has such a dim view of corporations, will they stop taking corporate money?
As an outsider looking in, on the duopoly that is the democrat / republican trick, I have clarity that most do not have, i.e. the ability to see the plans within plans and the motives of the lesser men that make them. Not to call the author out or anything, but apparently he is trying to bring Mitt Romney back into the spotlight, given Gov. Perry’s usurping of the supposed republican lead, contrary to what the Ron Paul campaign would suggest.
I think everyone is in agreement that a Ron Paul administration would be a bad thing, FOR BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. And, it would definitely spell the end of federal funding of NPR to begin with.
However, given that the media and the duopoly butter each others’ bread, it is no wonder they ignore the people, i.e. tea party, Ron Paul supporters, libertarian supporters. This “minority” is now a majority of the actual voters.
Mitt Romney of course would be a 3rd generation GW Bush administration, right behind GW and Obama himself. I know the duopoly tries to make GW and Obama look like different people, what with him being half black and all, but all 3 are corporatist and not card carrying members of neither the democrat nor republican party.