A Point To Ponder: The Nuclear Option – Remove Corporations From Individual Status

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One thing about American law that has struck me as odd, is the fact that Corporations count as de-facto individual persons in regards to various state and federal laws. This has been a part of the fabric of Americans life since the Supreme Court decided such in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad in 1886, reaffirming a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court in 1882 — why does it always have to be the Ninth Circuit that screws things up!  There are also accusations that the ruling of both courts was tainted because a few of the judges did own stock in Railroads, including the one involved in the case. I bring this topic up now, because me and the Sonic-Mate were listening to one of our favorite pod-casts, Dan Carlin’s Common Sense. and at the end of the show (# 163 Blocking the Playmakers) he was talking about the innate corruption that exists in our political system when it comes to corporations being allowed to give donations to political candidates and causes. Jessie Ventura has referred to it as “Open Bribery”.

When it comes to Corporations, there is as big a split towards them as any issue in the two political parties. The left is unhappy because Corporations are allowed to give ungodly collective sums to political candidates, thus allowing them to have much more influence over a candidate than the actual people… you know, the human kind who vote for them. The right is pissed because taxes on Corporations is too high… And they are. We have one of the highest Corporate tax rates in the world. This is a big factor in making US made products more expensive than imports, and contributes to the decision of companies to move operations overseas, taking much needed jobs with them.

So, what do we do about this?

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