Some 20 years ago while covering City Hall in Tulsa, Okla., I visited a union hall for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, where a giant sign was posted on one wall. It said: "I paid more taxes last year than [long list of corporations] combined."
It was hard to believe, but it's true. While giant corporations avoid taxes and rake in the dough — in part by moving jobs held by Americans off-shore — the rest of us poor schmucks are stuck paying our fair share of taxes.
That's the theme at noon Monday for a gathering at Wells Fargo Bank, 90 S. Cascade Ave., where people will call attention to the companies that shirk their government obligation.
The "Make Them Pay" event, sponsored by MoveOn.org, a political action group, will highlight “The Deadbeat Dozen:” GE, Bank of America, Google, BP, Amazon, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Boeing, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Goldman Sachs and Chase.
From a press release:
“During these difficult economic times, when all Americans are being asked to sacrifice, it is simply wrong that Wells Fargo is shirking its American duty to pay taxes,” said Andrew Jahnke, local MoveOn Council spokesman. “We are protesting on Tax Day because corporate tax dodgers have a responsibility to our community and our nation to pay their fair share. We pay our taxes. Wells Fargo should, too.” ...
It’s time to demand that everyone pays their fair share to rebuild the American Dream. We invite frustrated taxpayers, underwater homeowners, vilified public servants, job-hunting students, and unemployed veterans—everyone facing cuts or cutbacks, a pink slip or a shrinking paycheck—to join in.