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February 13, 2016

Sherrod Brown: Switch to Wendy’s or White Castle if Burger King Goes to Canada (Video)

Brown not happy with Burger King's reported plans to go Canada. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brown is not happy with Burger King’s reported plans to go Canada. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a statement that might make the late Dave Thomas proud, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Monday that if Burger King sets up shop in Canada as part of a tax inversion, customers should switch to Wendy’s or White Castle.

“Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders. 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,” Brown said.

The Wall Street Journal reported late Sunday that Burger King is considering the acquisition of the popular Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Horton’s for tax purposes.

The White House on Monday renewed the call for closing the provisions of tax law that allow for the inversions, transactions in which U.S. corporations purchase a foreign entity and make that the company of incorporation. Any fix in 2014, as unlikely as it may be, would be narrow.

“We need an immediate fix to forestall a flood of these dangerous inversions and a long term solution that lowers corporate tax rates while instituting a country-by-country global minimum tax,” Brown said in his statement. “This kind of common sense reform will close down tax havens that cost our country revenue and cost American jobs.”

No immediate word from Brown about his view on the possibility of Burger King offering Timbits for breakfast.

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  • oldandtired

    Time to go to Burger King not my favorite but Oh well, take that Brown.

  • bullet2354

    Maybe if Sherrod would help lower corporate tax rates in the US to not ‘third highest in the World’ – Burger King would stay and Canadian companies would LEAVE CANADA and COME HERE!

  • Sharon Patro

    We tried to warn you knuckleheads that if you continue over taxing you would eventually run out of other people’s money.

  • Layla

    It’s time to boycott and VOTE OUT Sherrod Brown and his socialist cohorts.

  • Soxtory

    Can you believe that even Canada, as well as the UK, has lower corporate taxes than the US?

    Canada and the US should merge anyway. Not a total merger where the provinces become states but an EU like union that eliminates custom fees and duties and would have a like corporate tax of 15% or so. The USAF already protects Canada with the N umbrella.

  • Jeffery Surratt

    I just wrote Sherrod a note, very short sided what about the workers @ BK. I’m in Montana so I don’t think it will phase him. I and nine members of my family spent 2 weeks at Cedar Point in 2011. Spent hundreds of dollars in Sandusky, OH. I’m planing a trip to NY, PA, MD, VA and NC in the spring of 2015, can you guess which state I will be boycotting.

  • JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    What’s up with Brown’s idea ? Gays. BK is home of the Proud Whopper and that should make him a target for gay groups. Will it ? Not if he’s a libtard !!

  • 1DUKEZ

    I believe that Sherrod should demonstrate what a good citizen by signing a pledge to pay his fair share of taxes by refusing to take any tax deductions when he pays his income taxes this year.

  • James R. Madden

    If Sen. Brown will renounce any exemptions & deductions on his income tax this year, I may consider what he has to say regarding Burger King’s proposed “inversion.”

    But, those exemptions I& deductions, he might argue, are legal. So is the inversion. And, the business of business is … business.


  • earl hickey

    Brown never went to BK or Wendy’s or White Castle anyway. most liberals hate the fast food industry. now they want them to stay? buncha f***** hypocrites.

  • dan

    I guess that BK’s new 33 year old CEO made the decision. !4% less taxes in Canada than the U.S. Sounds like a smart kid! We deserve it if all large corporations moved out and leave us with just the Federal Government. They will be okay until the U.S. Mint runs out of ink!!

  • Mickey Kovars

    Why is it that all the proposed reforms are “common sense?”

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