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What is a corporation? A poll with no direct answer.

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I have a question that nobody has been able to answer. It involves the personhood of corporations, and leaves me wondering if I can claim the same tax exemptions and benefits the government, from the local to the Federal, has given those corporations?

If so, should I petition the government for redress of grievance?

Among the benefits given by local government to corporations is forgiveness of property taxes for a period of time. If a corporation is a person and able to give money and in other ways influence the outcome of our elections, then I demand the same forgiveness of my property taxes as a person holding property in my county, and I require the same ability to give large sums in order to influence the outcome of elections in the same way.

On the other hand, if a corporation is a legal entity without personhood then the giving of special benefits to get them to do business locally is warranted by the benefits such allowances bring to the county.

If on the other hand a corporation is a person and still can obtain special benefits that are not available to the citizens of the county, then I must ask that the local law enforcement arrest the officers of said corporations on bribery charges when they openly give money for the reelection of county officers who support these special benefits. I further demand that the officers of local government who have benefited from such corporate giving be arrested also for receiving bribes.

Either a corporation is a person and thus subject to the same limits as I am in dealing with the government and the same taxation as I am, or a corporation is a special legal entity without personhood that does not have the right to give monies to influence the outcome of elections.

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Which is it? Do I get the same rights as a corporation for the same period of time, or is a corporation is not a person thus they can obtain special treatment in taxation and other considerations that are not available to me? Who can answer my question? Apparently the people holding public office want it both ways, so they can hold onto their positions and privilege. Maybe we need term limits for everyone in every office to prevent the buying and selling of privilege? Does anyone have a good answer?

1: A corporation is a person and subject to the same limits as the rest of us.

2: A corporation is not a person and thus can be given special tax relief in the public interest.

3: I don’t know.

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