Monday, April 18, 2011

Links Apr 18 Part I

Some links on action for U.S. "Tax Day" :

Unnecessary Shutdown, Unnecessary Austerity Huffington Post
Apr 7 - On the report co-authored by By Chuck Collins, Alison Goldberg, Scott Klinger, Sam Pizzigati. As the director of a food pantry observes: "Our country is not really broke ... We're an incredibly rich and prosperous nation. But our wealth is skewed to a very few fortunate at the top. We're not broken, just twisted."

On Tax Day, Remember the Tax Dodgers Common Dreams
Apr 15 - To the regular taxpayer: "As you pony up to pay your taxes – or fill out forms to get back a portion of what Uncle Sam has already withheld from your paycheck – pause to contemplate how wealthy and corporate tax dodgers deal with Tax Day. If you write a check over $10 to the IRS, then you just paid more than Verizon, Boeing, Bank of America, Citigroup and General Electric combined in federal taxes.

What would Jesus tax? Sojourners - God¹s Politics Blog
Apr 14 - "In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: “What would Jesus cut?“ In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: “What would Jesus tax?”

More than 800 U.S. Business Owners Endorse Ending Corporate Tax Haven Abuse Wealth for the Common Good
Apr 13 -
Press Release from our friend Scott Klinger, on the initiative Business and Investors Against Tax Haven Abuse, supporting policies that end tax avoidance and evasion through offshore tax havens. The petition is cosponsored by Business for Shared Prosperity, Wealth for the Common Good and the American Sustainable Business Council.

Patriotic Millionaires Strike Again Wealth for the Common Good

Apr 13 - In a letter to President Obama, Hon. Harry Reid, and Hon. John Boehner, some of the country’s most prominent millionaires from business, entertainment, finance and technology asked the nation’s leaders to raise their taxes for the good of the country. Although the change would cost them thousands of dollars, the group says they want to do their “fair share.” See also:
Wealth for the Common Good Launches Millionaire Sign-On Letter Endorsing Fairness in Taxation Act

The More You Make, The Less You Pay Yes Magazine
Apr 15 - On the huge momentum of US Uncut. With Congress virtually captured by corporate interests, it will require a powerful social movement to turn the tide on budget and tax matters.

Big Media Falls for General Electric (GE) News Hoax Forbes
Apr 13 - Hilarious hoax from US Uncut together with the Yes Men - issuing a faux press release under the GE name, following widespread criticism of GE's tax dodging, saying the company will be “gifting its entire 2010 tax refund, worth $3.2 Billion, to the US Treasury on April 18, Tax Day” .

After GE Stunt, US Uncut Organizing 100 Tax Day Actions Across America - April 15-18 Axis of Logic
Apr 17 - "In the wake of a satirical media prank on GE with help from the Yes Men, US Uncut is planning a weekend of nearly 100 Tax Day actions between April 15th and April 18th. The group makes a direct connection between recently announced budget cuts and a corporate culture of tax evasion."

Small but vocal group protests taxes Chicago Sun Times
Apr 18 - U.S. Uncut and Coffee Party USA members marched in Chicago on Sunday, pretending to be high-class moguls - “Tax Dodgers on Parade” - while thanking people “for paying your fair share of U.S. taxes, so we don’t have to.”


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