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This parody lyric responds to the Op Ed of Jack Welch (former CEO of GE) and Suzy Welch in the WSJ on July 15, 2012 in which they say, in support of Mitt Romney’s declaration, “Of course, corporations are people.”  This of course, was the holding of the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.

(To tune of “People,” by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, from 1964 Broadway show “Funny Girl”)

Corporation people
Aren’t people like we know
In the world

Call them persons
Artificial persons
That can’t feel what we feel inside
Are moved by net profit’s tide
Like machines, not people
Real people

Are very handy people
Corporate people use workers
In their world

They had children
Our very precious children
Working long after light
Yet working late into night
For pennies paid for a slave
But there were brave people
Who were people

Ordinary people
Told those non-people people,
“Not in our world!” 

Lyric © Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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