Monday, 18 April 2011

Corporations v Real Citizens

I received an email today, which had a very interesting graphic:

(Please click to enlarge)

Dear MoveOn member, A few weeks ago, Senator Bernie Sanders released a list of the 10 companies worst at paying their fair share in taxes. We liked it, and our designer Gabe quickly put it into chart form and put it up on our website. What happened next was exciting: Tens of thousands of people started sharing the chart on Facebook. Blogs started posting links to it. It began to really blow up—and that gave us an idea: What if we could get this popular chart in front of millions of people today as they're finishing their taxes?

Sarah Palin is really keen on repaying the national debt and balancing the budget. She said so in Wisconsin this weekend. But her way of doing things places the burden on the "little people" by freezing salaries and cutting services. In her book, corporate "citizens" are more worthy than the little people.

Corporate "citizens" are very enthusiastic about the new status conferred on them by the Supreme Court when it comes to meddling in politics, but not so much when it comes to their civic duties, like paying their taxes.

Sarah Palin is not on the side of the people. She's on the side of her corporate paymasters and her own self, now that she has joined the economic elite...