This weekend, one thousand people got together in San Francisco to create a human banner, and it was exactly awesome:
From Human Banner SF:
“I work hard every day,” said event organizer and Bay Area cab driver, Brad Newsham. “It isn’t right that I pay higher taxes than billionaires like Warren Buffet. And actually, Mr. Buffet agrees with me on this.” Recently the “Buffet Rule” has become a touchstone of Obama’s proposal to tax millionaires to fund his job program. Republicans in Congress have blocked both initiatives, but recent polls show that 73% of Americans (including 66% of Republicans, and 52% of Tea Partiers) support the Buffet Rule and want to raise taxes on millionaires. 
The “TAX THE 1%” human banner was scheduled almost exactly a year before Election Day 2012. This is no coincidence. “We’re putting Obama and all the Presidential candidates on notice,” said event co-organizer and Other 98% founder, Andrew Boyd. “The 99% of us have been hammered by this ecnonomy. It’s time for the 1% to pay their fair share.” Over the last 30 years incomes of the 99% of Americans have stagnated, while the 1% has seen their share of the national income more than double over the same period. 
“Everyone knows the game is rigged,” said Newsham. “One simple thing we can do right now to make things more fair is to tax the 1%. And we came down here to spell it out.”
“They say we’re not supposed to tax the rich because they’re the ‘job creators.’” said Boyd. “Well, where are the jobs? Instead of creating jobs, they took the money they got from the Bush tax cuts and put it into risky financial speculation that destroyed the economy.” Even with historically low tax rates for the 1%, job growth has declined. A recent CBS News poll showed that only 18% of Americans believe that cutting taxes on millionaires will spur job creation. 
The percentage of taxes paid by millionaires has steadily declined over the last 50 years. In 1961, Americans earning over $1 million (adjusted for 2011 dollars) paid 43.1% of their incomes in taxes. Last year, millionaires paid 23.1% of their income in taxes. 
Newsham hired a helicopter and photographer to fly overhead and take pictures.
The event was a collaboration between Mr. Newsham and The Other 98%, a net-roots powerhouse with over 120,000 facebook followers. For more information, please visit other98.com
The crowd was estimated at over 1000, including two San Francisco City Supervisors.
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I love it.
Do you think the Republicans can keep up this “The Riches™ are Job Creators” charade for twelve more months? That’s twelve more months of polls showing that Americans want the wealthy to pay their fair share. Constituents are going to start asking their representatives “Why?” and after a while, Grover Norquist will be a household name. (Hopefully.) Parents will regale their children with tales of Grover the Puppetmaster and his Tax Pledge of Doom. (Hopefully.)
In fact, we, the political junkies, should make a concerted effort to make sure that Grover Norquist becomes a household name. Every American who favors tax increases on the wealthy should know that the sole reason Republicans oppose taxing the rich is because they made a silly pledge to some dude whom nobody elected. If the media isn’t going to do its damn job and call this man out, then we have to do it ourselves.
It’s absolutely outrageous.
At a certain point, America is going to slap the GOP in the face, Moonstruck-style, and demand that the GOP “SNAP OUT OF IT.”
Let’s hope it happens sooner rather than later.
[via Human Banner SF][cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]