Senator Sherrod Brown (D) Calls For Burger King Boycott Over Potential Tax Inversion Deal


I mentioned the potential deal where Burger King would join forces with Canadian company Tim Hortons, which would mean the headquarters of the company would be in Canada and their corporate tax rate would be significantly lower than the US rate. Noah Rothman tongue in cheek referred to BK as an Enemy Of The State, and noted Joe Scarborough having a conniption fit over the news, saying he won’t go to BK anymore (if anyone still believes in Joe’s conservative cred, this should end the notion). But, of course, Joe isn’t a sitting US Senator

(Fox News) Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, released a statement Monday calling on consumers to boycott the home of the Whopper after Burger King announced late Sunday that it was in talks to buy Tim Hortons, creating the world’s third-largest fast-food company in the process. As part of the deal, Burger King would relocate its headquarters to Canada, a move that could lower its corporate taxes.

“Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders,” Brown said. “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.” Wendy’s is based in Dublin, Ohio, while White Castle is headquartered in Columbus.

Is it appropriate for a sitting US Senator to call for boycotting a company that is engaged in lawful activity? Where is the propriety of this conduct by Brown? Mika Brzezinski was the voice of reason on Scarborough’s show, suggesting that the corporate tax rate be lowered to compete. Perhaps Sherrod Brown should consider that before jumping on the boycott bandwagon.

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