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If I had a nickel for every person who showed up at yesterday’s Coffee Party protest in Chicago, I couldn’t afford anything at Starbucks

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

“Thank you for paying your taxes” is a seldom-heard phrase, but it was the calling card Sunday for a few citizens angry about federal loopholes for corporations.

They had a serious point to make with humor. With some dressing the part, they pretended to be high-class moguls walking Michigan Avenue and thanking people “for paying your fair share of U.S. taxes, so we don’t have to.”

They carried placards expressing the gratitude of ExxonMobil, Boeing, Bank of America and other corporations. All were identified in a report last month by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, that highlighted U.S.-based companies paying little or no income taxes in 2009.

Ha ha ha, get it? Bernie Sanders is an “independent”!

“Most people don’t know how little these corporations pay in taxes,” said Eric Pynnonen, a security and risk manager from Chicago who was part of the small group of about 20 people.

They included members of the Coffee Party, which is positioning itself as a nonpartisan alternative to the Tea Party, and U.S. Uncut.

Dude. You put two phony made-up astroturfed groups together, smack dab in the middle of Communityorganizingland, and only managed to scrounge up 20 warm bodies? Our friends in the press keep embarrassing themselves trying to push these guys. The Coffee Party is exactly what they all wish the Tea Party was: irrelevant.

(Hat tip: JWF)