The Unpopularity of The Can Kicks Back, Part I: Twitter
“The Can Kicks Back” depicts itself as a movement of young people who “individually… had all reached the same decision” that taxing more poor people and cutting corporate tax rates while cutting social security, medicaid and medicare was a really good idea. That’s what “The Can Kicks Back” says about itself. The Can Kicks Back is really a funded subsidiary of the 501(c)(3) corporation “Concerned Youth of America” sharing an office with the pre-existing old-fogy corporations “Campaign to Fix the Debt” and “The New America Foundation”, which like “Concerned Youth of America” is funded by the billionaire soak-the-poor advocate Peter G. Peterson. All of these front groups are run by lobbyists and board members for America’s largest corporations. The two heads of “The Can Kicks Back” were also the two heads of the deeply unpopular Campaign to Draft David Walker for President in 2012. Guess who funds David Walker, a supporter of all of these groups? Yes, that’s right: billionare soak-the-poor advocate Peter G. Peterson.
Partly due to its inside-the-beltway connections, the shell-game effort called “The Can Kicks Back” has nabbed a large amount of big-media attention. Since November, “The Can Kicks Back” has been promoted in the following major media outlets:
11/12 Washington Post
11/12 Sacramento Bee
11/13 Washington Examiner
11/14 ABC News
11/15 Fox Business
11/19 Buffalo News
11/24 CSPAN Washington Journal
12/15 USA Today
12/21 US News & World Report
1/2 Dallas Morning News
1/3 The Washington Examiner, PBS NewsHour
1/15 Independent Voter News
1/31 The Hill
2/4 Huffington Post
2/14 US News & World Report
2/15 Politico, Hearst Newspapers
These big-market media mentions have given “The Can Kicks Back” every chance to catch on with the American public. How’s it catching on at Twitter?
All those promotions, all that big media attention and still fewer than a thousand followers.