Hey folks. You know I’m all for getting this once-great country back on track (yes, I know, this must mean I hate America … blah, blah, blah, …). But sometimes you have to think small. Sure, we can think big too. But sometimes we should go small. Bigger is “better”. Ah mon cherie, sometimes smaller is “better”.
So jawbone posts this link – http://open.salon.com/blog/libbyliberalnyc/2011/08/08/you_should_not_write_on_us_currency_but_if_you_do. (thanks to jawbone for the link, cheers mate)
I read it and think, hey why the hell not.
So here’s the jist:
Nevertheless, an organization called HUG PAC (a/k/a “Hippies United Globally P.A.C.”) wants to register their outrage over the inappropriate corporate US tax policies with a $1 Bill Protest. They are advocating that fed-up citizens write along the edge of their dollar bills the following:
“This is $1 more than GE, Exxon or Bank of America paid in taxes in 2010”.
They also suggest you might add the word RECALL and then plug in the name of a betraying representative or two. Then let that dollar and its message circulate.
First, HUG PAC? I love hippies. Peace, love, and brotherhood? F ya, I can get behind that. Bloody hippies, all they want is for us to get together and help our fellow man. I guess that makes them “socialists”. Makes me one too.
I think this is a great idea. If we all do it, it would spread. A note, write in very small letters so that you can pay with the dollar and get into the public domain so more can read it and pass it on.
It’s time to start educating people. It’s time to get people talking when they read this note. It’s time to shine light on what’s REALLY going on with our tax dollars and it’s time to send a LOUD message throughout the nation (without using violence or encouraging hate) that WE, THE PEOPLE say enough is enough!
RSVP to America’s $1 Bill Protest on Facebook and let your voice be heard. It’s a guaranteed fast way to get the message out. When you do participate, be sure to spend the money at local stores or garage sales, as a tip at a restaurant…places where you know the money will travel through hands before it reaches a bank.
BEFORE it reaches the banks. Let as many people read it as possible. And then they can add their own messages.
The companies specified in the message are juicy examples of big corporations squeaking out on big taxes. General Electric profited $14.2 billion in 2010, $5.1 billion coming from the U.S. alone, but the Connecticut-headquartered company didn’t pay a dime in U.S. corporate taxes for that year’s profit; in fact, the company claimed a tax credit of $3.2 billion. BoA claimed a billion-dollar tax credit last year, too. Exxon did pay $15.1 billion in taxes for ’09’s $45 billion in profit – but that was to other countries; not a dime went to the IRS, which somehow gave the oil company a $1.1 billion credit that same year.
So GE pays no taxes. And Exxon pays it to other countries. And we’re still “giving” them tax credits? This is theft, plain and simple.
And those companies are just a handful of ones that get away with it. In fact, a 2008 report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that two-thirds of U.S. corporations were allowed to skip out on federal taxes for as long as seven successive years.
2/3 of corporations pay no taxes??? That can’t be right. I wish they had a reference/link. Oh wait, I found “one”:
And one of my “favorites”:
And of course the article talks about potential issues:
He finally addresses the issue of magic-markering up the currency:
But is there a risk? Well, there is that funky little law about “defacing currency,” but … that law only applies if a dollar bill is damaged to a point that makes it unusable, removing it from circulation. Simple message-bearing dollars are common, however, and even quite popular (see some classics here).
And true “hippies” would never pass up opportunity for civil disobedience in peaceful protest, now would they?
Well, the corporatists have been letting their money do plenty of serious talking for decades. Maybe it is time to let OUR dollars talk, too!
So the corporatists can just suck on that. Of course they will criminalize it at some point, so don’t admit to it or write in big letters so it can be seen immediately.
So I already started this little bit of civil disobedience. It’s up to you to decide what you want to do. Feet or knees, people?
EDIT: LeMoyne in the the comments section posted this idea to write on the dollar: “This is $1 more than Fed help to states and homeowners.
Right on their own Fed reserve note!” And now I too have written it one of mine. I don’t have that many, but whatever dollar passes through me will have something like that written down. Folks, GET CREATIVE. That’s what it’s all about.
What bugs you? What pisses you off? Write it down!!!
Some other ideas (thanks to LeMoyne for jogging the creativity in my head):
This is $1 dollar more than than used to prosecute Wall Street. This is trillions less than we literally “gave away” to the banks and wall street. This is $1 more dollar that we will pay in taxes to pay a Congress that does NOT represent us. This is $1 more dollar that the rich will somehow get from us because they “deserve” it more? F that. This is $1 more that we will pay in taxes to subsidize our Congress’ socialized health plans. ETC … Get creative.