Dollar protests seems to speak louder than commonsense nowadays. Remember the following boycotts:
Journal News Advertisers
Yellow Tail Wine
And then there are the numerous boycotts Starbucks faced over the years from political to their ethics in coffee bean purchases.
Observe any of the boycotts from the watermelon movement to see how effective they are and the results they achieve.
The well organized ones definitely make an impact.
So there is really no need to sit back and allow media or politicians to take over the course of the next four years while voters sit back and wait for the next election. Taxpayers can effect change. It can obviously done with class even though we are talking money. But that means tenacity, organization and real passion about the end goal.
If there is something bothersome about what the media presents (i.e. unbalance reporting), get the ball rolling by contacting others who think alike. And then contact advertisers en masse. Let them know that as long as they are supporting the views of a particular media by advertising with them, you will boycott them and seek out their competitor instead.
To stay profitable, corporations, small businesses and organizations rely on the consumer. When they realize that consumer actions will affect their bottom line, they will act accordingly. So will media when they realize that their bottom line is being affected.
Even though the non-taxpayer may have swayed the results of St. Albert’s outcome, it is the taxpayers who will carry the burden of those results for the next four years. Taxpayers still have a voice. A stronger voice than the non-taxpayer. Use it. Use it with wisdom. Use it with class. But use it.
If you don’t like your tax dollars beautifying businesses (When was the last time taxpayers contributed to beautify your home?), let businesses know that they will be boycotted. Sales or services bring in more than $2,500 dollars and most businesses will recognize that.
If an organization supports using your tax dollars and you don’t agree with it, voice it. With your wallet.
Businesses are more receptive to the consumer than government is. They can not afford to lose revenue. Governments, on the other hand, believe that the taxpayers’ trough will never empty.
As a taxpayer it is your voice. Your wallet. You choose.