Democratic Senator: Boycott Burger King
A United States Senator called for a boycott of the fast food chain Burger King after news broke on Monday that the company was in talks to purchase Tim Hortons, a Canadian food chain.
The merger would allow the company to shift profits across the border, reducing their domestic tax burden.
“Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said in a statement.
White Castle and Wendy’s, of course, are two Ohio companies.
“Burger King has always said ‘Have it Your Way,’” Brown said. “Well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven’t abandoned their country or customers.”
Brown used the occasion to highlight his own plan to address companies that were shuffling their profits out of the country to avoid domestic taxes.
In 2013, the Ohio senator proposed to lower statutory corporate tax rates and to create a clonal minimum tax rate.
“We need an immediate fix to forestall a flood of these dangerous inversions and a long term solution that lowers corporate tax rates while instituting a country-by-country global minimum tax,” Brown said. “This kind of common sense reform will close down tax havens that cost our country revenue and cost American jobs.”
Early Monday morning, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough also threatened a boycott of the popular fast food chain, accusing them of cheating on their taxes.
“You know what I’m going to do so we can afford to pay Burger King's taxes?” he asked. “I’m just not going to ever go to Burger King. I think a lot of Americans should not go Burger King again if they're going cheat on their taxes.”