On the campaign trail Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shot back at a heckler with the following:
"Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings my friend."
While Mitt's been criticized for making the corporations-are-people-too claim, it's actually true. And it's backed by numerous Supreme Court decisions. I think what Mitt was inarticulately trying to point out is that after more than two centuries of litigation, and the functional equivalent of a typo, corporations have effectively been granted all the rights and privileges as natural born citizens in the United States.
It's called corporate personhood, and it's undeserved and dangerous, which I've written about many times.
My question, once again, is where's the birth certificate?