Are These Her True Colors?


I hope so.

I have never understood the concept of treating a corporation as a person.  I, as an individual, may be able to contribute $100 or more, to some group that is behind an idea I think is worthwhile.  A corporation, can take beaucoup dollars (which are written off as an expense) and employ a lobbying firm to push their point of view.  And, seeing they are pre-tax dollars, we the average taxpayer are subsidizing them.

Now, along comes the newest Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and asks the question that I have been asking myself for fifty years, to wit:

Judges “created corporations as persons, gave birth to corporations as persons,” she said. “There could be an argument made that that was the court’s error to start with…[imbuing] a creature of state law with human characteristics.”

I am sure that she will be in the minority when this ruling is published, but as far as I am concerned, she is going in the right direction.  Even if the tax law did not allow for lobbying expenses to be written off pre-tax, corporations would still spend reckless amounts of money to influence legislation and/or elections that could boost their bottom line.

I am very pleased to see Justice Sotomayor ask this type of question.

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