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Boycott, But Wisely!

There's been a lot of discussion around the web about protesting Bush's re-election by refusing to make any retail purchases on Inauguration Day, this Thursday. Although this idea is well-intentioned, it will have utterly no impact on the state of politics as it currently stands in America. First of all, not buying anything for one day just means you'll have to buy more on Friday and the days that follow, so the retailers will only see a one-day blip in their revenues, if they notice any at all. And more importantly, doing so penalizes the numerous retailers--my wife included, by the way--who are politically liberal and who condemn the heartless, intolerant, war-mongering, fear-exploiting policies of the Bush Administration.

Not buying anything on just one day will do absolutely nothing to lessen the power of corporations who feed at the trough of our federal government.

Rather than boycott all retailers on Inauguration Day, why not consider permanently boycotting all of the major corporations who are bankrolling the Inauguration? They are clearly doing so with the intent of currying favor with the Administration, which has proven to be one of the most corporation-friendly and worker-hostile administrations in history.

The complete list of major donors can be found here, and here's a handful of donors who are the most likely to be pertinent to your daily lives:

AFLAC, Incorporated - $250,000
Amgen, Inc. - $100,000
Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc. - $100,000
AT&T - $250,000
Bank of America Corporation - $250,000
Bristol-Myers Squibb - $250,000
ChevronTexaco - $250,000
Exxon Mobil Corporation - $250,000
FedEx Corporation - $250,000
Ford Motor Company - $250,000
GMAC - $100,000
JPMorgan Chase - $100,000
Marathon Oil Corporation - $25,000
Marriott International, Inc. - $250,000
MCI - $25,000
Microsoft Corporation - $100,000
Morgan Stanley - $100,000
Office of the Commissioner of Baseball - $100,000
Pepsi-Cola Company - $100,000
Pfizer, Inc. - $250,000
SBC Communications, Inc. - $100,000
The Coca Cola Company - $100,000
The Home Depot - $250,000
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC - $250,000
The Washington Post - $100,000
Time Warner - $250,000
Toyota Motor North America, Inc. - $25,000
United Parcel Service - $250,000

Addendum (1/19/05): "judy b." elaborates quite nicely on the folly of the Inauguration Day-only boycott in this article at AlterNet.

January 18, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink


That seems like a really intelligent, well-thought out plan. Thanks for doing the work for us.

Posted by: Emily at Jan 18, 2005 3:51:01 PM

Already started! Right after the election several beers and Jack Daniels stopped being served in my restaurant. I think it is a great way to protest!

Posted by: Deb at Jan 18, 2005 4:46:29 PM

excellent post; thanks for that.

Posted by: mrspilkington at Jan 19, 2005 1:20:14 PM

Also, check out 120for120.org

Posted by: Maggie at Jan 20, 2005 4:47:30 PM