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Mitt Romney: 'Corporations are people, my friend'

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Aug. 14, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    Yes, pick a side.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    'Corporations are not evil themselves (shh...don't tell anyone...they're inanimate not really people)...' - davidutefan | 10:30 a.m. Aug. 12, 2011

    Just don't tell Romney. :)

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    Ohhhhhhh. Right right right right. Corporations are not people. But the government is. Corporations are not contributing entities of the society... but the government is? Corporations are not looking to grow, expand, create jobs, generate more wealth..... but the government is?

    You've gotta pick a side here. You are either pro-free market capitalism or you are pro government...

    We've seen what the government is doing to help the economy. NOTHING.

    I dont understand all these corporate haters like the old guy who was screaming at Mitt. The majority, if not all, of the things they enjoy in life were generated one way or another by a corporation. DOWN WITH CORPORATE AMERICA! RISE GOVERNMENT! RISE!!!!!!

    puhhhhleeeese.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Aug. 12, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    All this talk about corporations being "evil" is ridiculous. Corporations are not evil themselves (shh...don't tell anyone...they're inanimate not really people) but the people running them can be

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    These Lib knotheads in Iowa are just spouting the usual Democrat/Liberal talking points. "Corporations are evil, they need to be taxed more". Well maybe GE could stand to pay some taxes. I work for a large corporation. The big wigs are well paid because our company performs well. I'm not as well paid but I get by. My company employes aroung 250,000 people across the world. Most of these are in the U.S. and we have a significant presence in Utah. My company also has many suppliers that also employ many people. So some of the money my company gets, goes to other "evil corporations". My company gives a lot of money to charity and other causes. If my company got taxed more because they are supposedly "evil" my job would most likely go overseas due to the extra cost, plus the extra costs passed on to our customers through higher taxes and government regulations of my industry. Economically speaking, that would be bad for me. So Corporations are the people that make them work. Yes, my company has stockholders and most of them are grandma's and grandpa's or people like myself.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    *'Mitt Romney raises $18.25 million, but Republicans worry it might not be enough' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 07/07/11

    Then...

    *Firm dissolves after giving pro-Romney PAC $1 million By Ken Thomas AP Published by DSNews 08/04/11

    Now?

    'Mitt Romney: Corporations are people, my friend' - Title

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2011 6:37 a.m.

    Re: Fred44 | 6:59 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011

    Corporations don't pay taxes. They pass them along to the consumer. Some people just don't understand when a box of corn flakes keeps getting smaller and the price keeps going higher.

    Obama may want to stick it to the rich greedy corporations but it's the consumer that gets stuck with the bill.

  • ItrustNo1 La Grange, TN
    Aug. 12, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    I have no idea what this AP reporter is writing about or was watching. The group that was at Romney's gathering admitted that they were a Left Wing bunch and were there to mess up the meeting. I watched the exchange between this Left Wing group and Romney. The group lost. Romney was calm, cool and turned the situation totally around. These Left Wing idiots looked horrible compared to Romney. This article is the standard liberal rag piece that totally misrepresents the facts. To bad for this writer of this article that the encounter was video taped and aired on TV all day long and Romney was praised for his poise.

  • davidutefan Evanston, WY
    Aug. 12, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    I don't think anyone, left or right, has a problem with real people(as opposed to corporations) getting wealthy from good business sense. What people have a problem with is the obscene disparity between the salaries of the CEO's and employees. People have a problem a problem with outsourcing jobs for the bottom line. People have a problem with unethical business practises. People have a problem with benefit cuts. People have a problem with subsidies to large corporations reporting record profits. Some of you say that regulation isn't the answer but, the unending deregulation of th past 30 years is?

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Corporations can also form, donate unlimited amounts of money to politicians, anonymously, then disappear.

    Mitt should be honest and take the next logical step: "Dollars are People, too"

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 11, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Didn't John McCain start using the phrase, "My Friends," a lot. before it all started going south?

  • B Logan, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    Unions need to start paying their fair share in taxes. They obviously are huge force in the political landscape. Everyone must pay their share, right?

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    Aug. 11, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    Mitt Romney-What a dandy!

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    Of course corporations are people. A corporation doesn't exist unto itself: They are created by American citizens to deliver products and services Americans want, and to provide employment for American PEOPLE. Who do you think those profits go to? A computer? A legal document? Good grief. Mitt was exactly right.

  • Fred33 KAYSVILLE, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    @ Clark Kent

    How would you feel if the group wouldn't let you answer? Obviously, these hecklers were not going to be swayed by any of his answers no matter how he answered the questions. I would like to see how you would handle a situation like this.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 11, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    I notice Mitt didn't tell the man what he would do about social security and medicaid. Isn't it interesting how Republicans talk about cutting entitlements as if it is some mystical thing in outer space, but when given a chance to talk directly about their plan for medicare and social security they punt.

    Taxes on corporations and the wealthy are the lowest they have been since the 1950's. Where are the jobs? Overseas.

    CEO salaries rose 29% last year while they were creating record profits for companies by moving jobs overseas.

    Big Business in this country could give a squat about anything but the bottom line. That is fine they are entitled to make as much money as they can, lets just be honest about why they are leaving the country and it is not regulations or taxes, it is the ability to hire people at a few dollars an hour in China and India. If Americans would work for a $1.25 and hour and no benefits, US Manufacturing would be booming, and unemployment would be almost zero.

  • my slc Newport Beach, CA
    Aug. 11, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Not one of Mitts' better moments in my opinion.

    A second questioner asked Romney what are you going to do to strengthen Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare without cutting benefits. Romneys response, after briefly shouting at the questioner, was Im not going to raise taxes. Thats my answer. The rowdy crowd at the Iowa State Fair interrupted his answers to chant Wall Street greed.

    If this is how he reacts in Iowa, what is he going to do in when he is in with the big states? New York, California, Illinois, Florida etc?

  • kmh Junction, Utah
    Aug. 11, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    NeilT - We need a honest government more than more government regs.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    Free market economics only works when corporations are ethical. To many corporations pay obscene salaries to a few at the top and leave crumbs for everyone else. Public employees never spilled oil in the gulf of Mexico, looted the treasury for billions, engaged in insider trading, cooked the books, and other dishonest and unethical practices. I understand the important role business plays in the economy. That doesn't excuse not playing by the rules. That's why we need a degree of gov't regulation.

    I still like Romney.

  • American First Merced, CA
    Aug. 11, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    Those liberal astroturfers were trying to shout Romney down. He handled himself quite well and his answers were good ones. Romney is appearing more presidential by the day. If he can hone his responses and throw in a few zingers he'll be well on his way to carrying the mantle of Reagan. Mitt Romney will make a great President in 2013.

  • American First Merced, CA
    Aug. 11, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    If Corporations aren't people neither are Unions.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    Re: "Corporations are people, my friend."

    In a sense, yes. They are the people that invest in, work for, and buy from them.

    But, one thing is for certain sure -- corporations NEVER pay taxes.

    Just people.

    Shrill liberal demands that we tax corporations is like demanding we shoot ourselves in the foot. Every nickel of tax filched by bloated, unaccountable government will come, ultimately, from our pockets in the form of higher prices for goods and services.

  • B Logan, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    @Mark B

    Corporations that pay nothing at all are well represented in the Obama economic team. (CEO of GE) I just heard Romney last night say that those loop holes should be closed. He's talkink about the class warfare of the left against 'the rich' in this country.

  • B Logan, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    I work for a corporation. It helps pay my bills and get me the things I want in life. I know I am not a auto worker, or a school teacher, or a nurse, or a miner, or one of the 'working class.' But I go to work every day just like they do. Am I not doing my part or 'paying my fair share'?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 11, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    But what about corporations that pay nothing at all? Did they pass those savings on to employees? Customers? We see a pretty good example now. When a 10% tax on airline tickets expired, fares simply remained the same and the airlines pocketed the extra 10%, helping no one but themselves and maybe the bosses at bonus time. Some corporations may even deserve the death penalty, but that's one class of "person" who won't receive it. People that live and breath should be any government's first concern, not "people" who only exist on paper.

  • ClarkKent Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 11, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Clearly shows how of touch he is and who is he trying to please. But Mitt, corporations don't get to vote. Before you get excited about having them in your back pocket, you need to get PEOPLE to vote for you. What kind of President are you going to make if you can't take a few hecklers at this stage of the game? Perhaps you should take some anger management classes, because this is nothing compared to how it might be a few months from now. If you anger this easily and can't hold your reaction in, you are going to have a real problem getting elected.

  • inmyopinion88 WEST JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    I have never worked for a poor person. Businesses and corporations provide jobs as well as goods and services we all depend on. The reason the economy isn't rebounding is because all of the regulation of businesses and the tax burden placed on them. Should businesses pay some taxes? Of course, but over tax them and they will cut where needed to save money and those cuts will hurt the American people.

  • Seposm Evanston, WY
    Aug. 11, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Wow, it's about time we heard this from a potential leader, other than government employees, most employees work for corporations, if you own stock, have a 401K, chances are your a part owner of some corporations. Most corporations biggest overhead expense is payroll, you raise their taxes, and they have to make cuts, people will lose jobs. Finally a businessman who understands this.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    There are definitely a couple of corporations that need to go to prison!

    Oh, that's right, they can't go to jail. Convenient for the "people" who run the corporations.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    The weakest candidate of the entire field running for President is Barack Obama. At least half of those running in the Republican primaries would make stronger Presidents than Barack Obama and their policies would bring people jobs, something Obama's policies do the very opposite. The financial community cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama, the people of this country cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama. As far as the entitlements such as medicare, medicaid, and social security, the policies of Barack Obama will assure their insolvency within a very short time. The Republican plans will assure that they remain solvent. This is what we face in 2012, the weakest and most financially destructive President we have ever had, or the preservation of our country under responsible leadership.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    What's wrong with Corporations? Seriously...

    Provides services, jobs, income, industry, inventions. Clearly, liberals want none of those things.

    Obama is the most anti-business President EVER. And in a time of economic depression. Beautiful....

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 11, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    Strange to me how Rick Perry talks about the need to get wisdom and help from God while Mitt Romney only talks about not raising taxes. Who has the best track record in "creating" jobs? Buying a company and stripping it down by laying off workers may be efficient in a business sense but I don't know anyone who says Joseph Smith was a good businessman. Maybe people can be motivated by something besides profit.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    "Poll: Less than half of the Nation said that they will vote for Obama in the next election - CNN - 08/10/11

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    *'Poll: Less than half of GOP primary voters satisfied with 2012 field' - By Mark Murray - NBC News - 06/15/11

  • Richard Saunders Provo, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    "All risk being overshadowed by one Republican who won't be on the stage Texas Gov. Rick Perry"

    Actually, few have that risk. For certain, not Ron Paul. Why would he be threatened by another establishment neo-conservative trying to tell us how 'Christian' he is, code for Romney and Huntsman aren't. Perry brings absolutely ZERO to the race that Romney, Pawlenty or Bachmann don't. Paul tops them in all in a principled stand for the Constitution, limited government, and balanced budgets. Rick Perry, no thanks.