A team of make-believe baseball players descended on Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday afternoon, using tax day to highlight corporate unaccountability as Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, celebrated her birthday at an exclusive party inside.
The so-called Tax Dodgers wore white uniforms, not unlike their LA-based counterparts in the MLB, with “1%” emblazoned on the back of their jerseys, a nod to the nation’s highest earners. The satirical sports stars were supported in their efforts by the Loopholes, a team of red-dressed cheerleaders, and their mascot Mitt, a giant walking baseball mitt. A man in a fedora carrying a bag of fake money and a cigar appeared to be the team’s manager and described the Dodgers as “the best team corporate money can buy”.
The demonstration was part of a nationwide day of action coordinated by a coalition of activist organizations working with an umbrella group, 99% Spring, which aimed to pull off 350 protests in 43 states. A number of the demonstrations kicked off at local post offices, where many Americans were filing their taxes, followed by scheduled marches through financial centers around the country.
In addition to New York’s action, protesters in swing states planned to target politicians who have opposed the “Buffett rule”, Barack Obama’s plan to reduce economic inequality by introducing a higher minimum tax rate for taxpayers in the highest income bracket. In Pittsburgh, protesters gathered outside the office of senator Pat Toomey, who today called the “Buffett rule” a “political stunt” on the floor of the Senate. Similar demonstrations were also planned at the offices of senator Ron Johnson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and senator Roy Blunt in Kansas City, Missouri.
For Cathy Cyphers Soref, an attendee at Ann Romney’s fundraising birthday party inside Trump Tower, the protesters’ repeated references to loopholes made little sense.
“Where’s the loophole?” Soref told the Guardian. “I mean, I want one. There aren’t many loopholes, believe me. If I could find it, I would do it.”
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