I know its been conservative philosophy for over a century that under the law corporations are people….but it never really made sense. And to hear Republican leaders like Mitt Romney say it out loud…well, they just need to be called on it. Congressman David Cicilline has an online petition going right now asking Republican leaders to get their priorities right – start focusing on REAL PEOPLE – not phony corporate people.
You and I know that corporations are not people, but in case you missed it last week, one of the leading Republican presidential candidates thinks they are. That’s right, when former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney actually said out loud that “corporations are people” he articulated what we alI know to be the real priority of the Republican Party, and that is tax cuts and special treatment for corporations while American families continue to try and make ends meet during these tough economic times. Statements from party leaders like Romney really do make you wonder, just whose side are they on?
After this recent debate over our nation’s debt ceiling, it’s now even more clear that theRepublican Party has totally lost sight of who ordinary working families are and what they need. We know that working families are not corporations, because unlike corporations they have had to bear the brunt of this economic recovery. As corporations like big oil companies continue to receive taxpayer subsidies and tax breaks are extended to companies that ship American jobs overseas, working families are trying to afford basic things like the higher cost of food, gas, health care and college. And it doesn’t end there. While Republicans fight tooth and nail for “corporations” they also propose to make deeps cuts in our most sacred programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and federal student loans for our young people.
I hope you’ll join my petition to Republican leaders to tell them that we want corporations to pay their fair share.
I understand that we cannot continue to ship American jobs overseas and provide additional tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires at the expense of working families. Congress needs to focus on jobs and securing Medicare and Social Security. Everyday, I am pushing back against right-wing Republicans as they try to undermine vital services in order to help the special interests, but I cannot do this alone and I need your help to send a strong message that we’re not going to stand for it.
Stand up with me to tell Washington that we need to concentrate on fighting for everyday Americans, and stop protecting the special interests of millionaires and billionaires and the most powerful.
Please sign my petition to tell Republican leaders that corporations are not people, and they need to stop protecting them at the expense of the middle class and working families.