I like MoveOn.org, I really do. I agree with them in almost every area. But their idea for protesting corporate tax deadbeats, aka large employers, in local communities has to be one of the worst ideas they’ve ever had.
Mind you, there are plenty of reasons to hate, say, FedEx, not the least of which is that their poor drivers are “contract workers” who own their own trucks so the company can avoid maintenance costs, unions, and health care and retirement benefits. But going to the local FedEx office to protest the source of your neighbor’s livelihood seems like a photo op dreamed up by James O’Keefe himself.
Others on the target list are GE, Boeing, BP, Google, Citigroup, Amazon, Chase, Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, WellsFargo, and Bank of America.
Here’s the email I got from MoveOn, explaining the concept.
Dear MoveOn member,
Nobody knows the details of Friday night’s budget agreement to keep the government from shutting down.
But here’s one thing we can be pretty sure of: the pain will fall mainly on poor and middle-class Americans, while billions in tax breaks, loopholes, and handouts for corporations will remain untouched.
Those same billions could keep food in the mouths of hungry women and children, fund critical medical research, and do the actual work of reducing our deficit.
But nothing will change until we tell that story. Congressional Republicans won’t listen to the man and woman in the street until we take to the streets–thousands of taxpayers and voters in their states and home districts calling out the billion-dollar corporations that pay little or nothing in taxes.
So, on Tax Day–Monday, April 18–we’re holding hundreds of events across the country to call out the corporate tax deadbeats.
People are ready to speak out in Saint Augustine, but they won’t be able to until someone volunteers to host. Can you host a “Tax Day: Make Them Pay” event?
It’s fun and easy and will make sure people in Saint Augustine can participate…
On April 18, MoveOn members and fellow progressives will gather outside the headquarters and local offices of corporations not paying their fair share. For instance, we’ll target corporations like General Electric, which made $14.2 billion in profits last year–but paid NO federal taxes.
At the events, we’ll deliver tax bills to the biggest corporate tax dodgers and demand that our elected leaders make them pay.
If you’ve never hosted an event before, it’s a simple and fun way to have a powerful impact. Just pick a location–we’ll give you suggestions on how to choose–and invite your friends. We’ll make sure you have all the tips and tools you’ll need to organize the event, and we’ll invite other MoveOn members in your area to come.
And here’s my response, which I sent through their site’s comment box.
This has to be the worst idea you’ve ever come up with. You expect us, just as employment is nudging up the tiniest bit, to protest our local employers because they don’t pay enough TAXES? Great way to show progressives get it – NOT. In one fell swoop, we come out against employers and in favor of taxes. How does this help dispel Republican stereotypes of us? What kind of awful news soundbites and images will this produce?
I got an email that said you need a sponsor in my area. I don’t doubt it! Good luck getting sponsors anywhere, if people give this whole thing half a thought. I would implore you to cancel this awful plan, or get ready to set progressives back and provide great fodder for Republicans and tea baggers in 2012.
In fact, their site showed 170 people signed up as local sponsors at press time.