Monday, April 18, 2011

In time for tax day, US Uncut visits the B of A

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As US Uncut points out:

Cheating out on taxes has real costs. If Bank of America paid their fair share of taxes, we could ‘uncut’ $1.7 billion in early childhood education (Head Start & Title I).

Bank of America is the #1 largest bank and the 5th largest corporation in our country, holding over $2.2 trillion in assets, and yet it pays less in taxes than the average American household. In fact, the federal government gave Bank of America $2.3 billion in 2009 while it made $4.4 billion in profits.

Bank of America is Bad for America. Despite ruining the economy with their reckless greed, Bank of America consistently avoids any form of accountability to the American taxpayer. Bank of America pockets billions in profits and bailouts, but then pays $0 in American taxes and even gets tax refunds.

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On Friday, these folks decided to carry their message to a B of A branch in the San Francisco financial district.

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It's not hard to get attention when you bring a brass band.

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"I pay, you pay. Why doesn't B of A?"

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The arrival of a flash mob can really change the atmosphere in a lobby.


Obviously actions like this one are made for video. Watch the whole thing.

British journalist Johann Hari explained the origin of the Uncut movement ("You Caused This Crisis. Now YOU Pay") in his country in a recent Nation Magazine article. Nice to see we noticed a good thing when someone thought of it.

1 comment:

Kay Dennison said...

I love this and went over and signed on! B of A ain't the only guilty party -- the culprits are legion in numbers. Did you notice that the tellers are laughing? They are hurting, too -- the bankstards (bank + b*st*rd = bankstard) have cut most of them back to part-time so they don't have to pay them bennies -- another slap at working America!

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