Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Corporations are People? Really?

I just read an article about the recent Supreme Court decision that will allow corporations to directly fund political campaigns, because, the 5-4 majority says, corporations have the same first amendment rights as citizens.

OK, I have no problem with that concept but only if, in addition to possessing the rights of citizens, corporations also have the same responsibilities. If a corporation commits a crime, then the board of directors AND officers must serve the sentence. If a corporation litters, then the whole group cools their heels in the county pokey for 30 days. A defective product leads to a negligent homicide verdict? Mr CEO spends 10 years in prison. Hard time, just like any citizen would.

Could anything be more fair? Wouldn't you like to live in a USA where businesses can't hide behind the letters INC?

1 comment:

  1. Yes! I saw this concept at FB and was perplexed. Should a corporation be allowed to vote? Can it run for office? Can it apply for food stamps? I suppose now it also has the right to bear arms. Can it fly to Bahamas on vacation and buy one airplane ticket?