U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been a member of Congress for almost 28 years, and yet has never heard of the term “voting with your feet.” She sent a tweet out late Friday afternoon that “American families can’t just change their address to avoid paying taxes.” Huh?
The tweet was prompted by her anger directed at U.S. corporations that change their base of operations in order to keep their tax obligations down–a practice becoming more popular given that the United States has the world’s highest marginal corporate tax rate.
The most recent example is Burger King’s proposed merger with Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons, which has outraged Congressional Democrats, according to The Hill. Hence her tweet:
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) September 12, 2014
Pelosi should know all about the concept of “voting with your feet,” given the steady migration from her home state to jurisdictions like Texas and Florida–all in an effort to avoid California’s onerous tax and regulatory system.
And other Twitter users were only too happy to point this out to her. Here are a few examples:
— Hugo Hackenbush (@MangyLover) September 12, 2014
— I AM GodLove (@GodLoveArt) September 12, 2014
My favorite reply was another example of Democratic hypocrisy. It reminded Pelosi of the brouhaha caused by then-Sen. John Kerry’s decision to keep his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid heavy taxes in his home state of Massachusetts:
— JustAnotherSnakeCult (@raindogtweets) September 12, 2014
Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. As a case in point, there’s Pelosi’s own family situation to consider:
— Warden4572 (@EdB4572) September 12, 2014
Here’s an ABC News report on the Burger King merger that prompted her tweet.