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Taxpayer Shutdown 2012 is more than a movement. It's action.

We have marched, protested, and voted. Yet somehow, our elected officials do not listen to our voices when making decisions regarding our country's future. A majority of Americans believe that the top 1-percent of wage-earners in the U.S. should be taxed at a higher rate, and that corporations should not be allowed to exploit tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. In addition, millions of Americans are unemployed, many of them having lost their jobs as a result of economic recession.

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What makes Taxpayer Shutdown 2012 different than other movements?

Clearly defined goals:

1. Repeal the Bush Tax Cuts.
2. Eliminate corporate tax loopholes.
3. Reduce the national unemployment rate to below 8-percent.

Clearly defined deadline for action:

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We request that these actions be completed by Tax Day, April 17, 2012.

Clearly defined citizen response:

If these goals are not met by the stated deadline, the citizen activists of Taxpayer Shutdown 2012 pledge to withhold their income taxes owed to the US government until these goals are met.

When our so-called leaders in Washington play "chicken" with our future by threatening government shutdowns and drastic cuts to vital services, it's time for the people to remind them that they work for us. It's time to let them know that if they will not represent us, then we the people have the power to shut them down.

Despite all the marches, protests, and movements, Washington is still bowing to special interests and corporate lobbyists. Our voices are not enough. Our votes are not enough. If we want change, we must put our money where our democracy is. If we were treated this way at a restaurant or retail store, we would either refuse to pay or ask for our money back. Isn't our future worth more than a bad meal or a defective product?

Take a stand. Join the movement. Take action.

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Christopher Rice, author of the "Anarchist Vegan Cookbook" and producer of the movie "Truth, Justice and the American Way," has published articles on uprisings occurring in Egypt, Thailand, Greece, Iceland and around the globe in several leading (more...)
 

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