By Maggie Thurber | for Ohio Watchdog
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to boycott Burger King, and he wants you to boycott it, too.
Burger King Worldwide Inc. announced this week plans to buy Canadian company Tim Hortons Inc. As part of the deal Burger King will move its headquarters to Canada.
“Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders,” the Democrat from Ohio said in a statement. “Burger King has always said ‘Have it Your Way’; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven’t abandoned their country or customers.”
How the company abandoned its customers when it still plans to have both Burger King and Tim Horton restaurants in the U.S. isn’t explained.
It’s all about the money, of course.
Being headquartered in Canada means Burger King will save money, usually a good thing for employees and investors.
Except in this case.
You see, some of the savings come from not paying U.S. taxes — federal, state and city — at nearly 40 percent, the highest rate among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Instead, the King will pay the Canadian rate, about 26 percent.
Oh, the chain will still pay the U.S. rate on sales in the U.S., but it won’t have to pay that rate on sales in Canada or elsewhere in the world, as it does now under their headquarters in Florida. The U.S. is one of only a few countries that taxes overseas and domestic profits at the same rate.
Brown isn’t alone in suggesting a boycott.
U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen thinks it’s time to ditch the Whopper. The Maryland Democrat, who is also the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, tweeted this:
— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) August 26, 2014
Van Hollen thinks Burger King wants “you” to pay their taxes? How does a company not wanting to pay excessive corporate rates equate to them wanting you to pay their taxes instead?
And then came these:
— Dave Geller (@KllrDave) August 25, 2014
It's official. BK is a traitor to the country that started them. http://t.co/NvLE5lZHWC
— Bill Binan (@whitepants) August 26, 2014
So because they don’t want to pay more in taxes, Burger King is a traitor?
Apparently corporations are patriotic, or traitors, based upon the desire — or lack thereof — to pay taxes.
But corporations aren’t people, right? So how can they have love for their country?
Oh, never mind.
Don’t just stop eating Whoppers. No more A.1 Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburgers. No more Chicken Fries or Tendercrisp Chicken Sandwiches. Just say no to Hamburger Kids Meals and the cool crowns that come with it.
Reject a company that wants to expand and grow and keep its prices competitive by saving money.
Because refraining from having anything to do with the King is a sure-fire way to send him the message that “we love you and want you to stay in the U.S.”