Shocking: Uncut Gets Koch's Americans For Prosperity to Say Corporations Should Pay Taxes
When Ryan Clayton, spokesperson for U.S Uncut, found himself backstage at "The Big Picture" with Americans For Prosperity's Phil Kerpen, Clayton exacted a shocking statement from Kerpen: "Of course, I agree with you, corporations should pay their taxes. I am not in favor of tax deadbeats."
Uncut is the organization that organized last weekend's protests against Bank of America for failing to pay a single dollar in federal corporate income tax in 2009 -- a year in which the bank made more than $4 billion -- and then went on to receive a $2.3 million bailout, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer (that would be you).
While covering the Tea Party Patriots' recent strategy conference in Phoenix, Lee Fang of Think Progress asked two Tea Party-allied Republican congressmen, Trent Franks and Jeff Flake of Arizona, if they supported Uncut's message that, like Bank of America, CitiGroup should be made to pay U.S. taxes. After some prodding, Franks demurred that CitiGroup had "broken the law." (Flake said he'd have to check Fang's data before he could make a comment.)
Uncut is touting these "gotcha" interviews as proof that left and right concur on the need for corporations to pay taxes, citing in a release an outright endorsement of Uncut's message by Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.
Fair enough -- just don't expect to see Phil Kerpen of the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, which is chaired by David Koch, joining in Uncut's Main Street demos anytime soon.
Uncut's Ryan Clayton and The Nation's Johann Hari, interviewed by Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann interviews Phil Kerpen of Americans For Prosperity in the first guest segment of the show, video below.