Sunday, July 22, 2012

Reply to WSJ corporations aren't people letter

Chicago PM Sunday 22 July  2012  

Editors, The Wall Street Journal


A letter in the Wall Street Journal [“Yes, Corporations Have a Body, but Don't Have a Soul” Friday 20 July] makes the point:  

“The implied accusation of class warfare against those who are reluctant to view corporations as people is equally applicable to those who are wont to view governments as something sinister and depersonalized rather than what governments in a democratic republic actually are: fellow citizens given the task of carrying out the common will.”

In the same WSJ issue Kim Strassel writes of  an Idaho businessman contributing to Mitt Romney's campaign, closely followed by an Obama campaign website sluring him as having a "less-than-reputable" record.  Strassel continues noting that just 12 days after that attack, the Idahoan found an investigator (a recent employee of Senate Democrats) digging to unearth his divorce records.  A third unexpected contact from the feds was a letter  informing him his tax records had been "selected for examination" by the Internal Revenue Service. 

Are these federal government intrusions into a citizen's life what the letter writer meant referring to “fellow citizens... carrying out the common will”?

Arnold H Nelson

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