With the news that Burger King wants to become a Canadian company, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown has decided that he'll have it his way at Wendy's instead. In a statement released Monday, Brown criticized companies that benefit from public infrastructure but don't want to pay their full U.S. tax bill.
"Burger King's decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers," Brown said, "or White Castle sliders." Wendy's is based in Dublin, Ohio and White Castle is based in Columbus. "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," he added.
Brown's comments are the first to be highly critical of the potential deal between Burger King and Tim Hortons that would allow the former to pay a lower tax rate on its foreign revenues. Even the White House has been careful to not single out any one company, opting to discuss the dangers of tax inversion in lieu of specific examples. On Monday press secretary Josh Earnest said that he wasn't "in a position to comment on those specific transactions,” but emphasized that the administration is considering unilateral actions to stem the tide of corporate inversions.
In the past, however, President Obama has criticized the corporate world at large for a lack of economic patriotism. “I don’t care if it’s legal," Obama said during a speech this summer. "It’s wrong.” We probably won't see the president eating a Whopper anytime soon, but the White House seems to be going pretty easy on Burger King.