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Stupid Corporate Tricks
By Dave Winer on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

A picture named stoudemire (1).gifSome days the web feels like a version of Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks, except with corporations. Today is one of those days.  permalink

Seth Godin has a takedown of Progressive Insurance, which keeps rates low by not actually selling insurance. We had all heard the story about the woman who was killed in an auto accident, covered by Progressive for, among other things, accidents caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver. Progressive, trying to avoid paying her family, actually defended the other guy, against their own customer! That part of the story is not new. But Godin dug up the company's excuses, which are terrible admissions of corporate malpractice hidden among confusing legalese. Makes me wish there were a corporate death penalty so we could impose it on Progressive.  permalink

Speaking of Mitt Romney, do you believe his chutzpah! He says he's never paid less than 13 percent. Wow. I wonder if they tested that with focus groups. Here's a clue to Mitt. That's a lot less than middle class people pay. My grandfather, whose life was saved by the United States, taught his grandchildren that it was a privilege to pay taxes. He wasn't a softie, but he was glad to be alive, and I don't think he ever forgot the role this country played in that. Romney appears to feel a sense of entitlement, no gratitude to the country, and no kinship with other Americans.  permalink

Someone should ask Romney if he believes in the great Kennedy exhortation -- Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. If so, please tell us Mr. Romney, what have you done for your country lately? permalink

A picture named mitt.gifHow he could fix this. 1. Release the tax returns. 2. Apologize. 3. Write a check to the US Treasury for the difference between what he paid and what he should have paid.  permalink

Of course he would be appearing to buy the Presidency. We can tell how much it hurts Romney to part with a dollar, so we could at least see how much he wants to lead the country. I suspect that isn't what