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2014/08/26

Wonderland Burlesque’s Turdscooters of the Week: Companies like Burger King and The Politicians of The United States of America


Wonderland Burlesque’s Turdscooters of the Week:
Companies like Burger King
and The Politicians of The United States of America

Nobody wants to pay taxes. We resent it.  We want to keep everything we earn.  It’s ours, we worked for it.

That makes sense if you live in a vacuum, devoid of a physical world.

But we do live in a physical world. 

One where we need roads and bridges in order to get from one place to another.  We need courts to protect our rights as individuals, just as we need protection from those who mean to do us physical harm. 

As much as we resent government and its agencies and loathe its inefficiencies, we need them in order to function as a society.  And that comes at a cost.  As citizens of this country, we are duty bound to contribute something to that bill.

That’s why the recent trend among large U.S. companies to merge with other  non- U.S. companies and move their corporate headquarters outside our borders in order to avoid paying their fair share of taxes is so upsetting.  For, you see, these same companies (and their employees) will continue to use the United States’ infrastructure while doing business in the United States; they just won’t be paying for any of it.

Reality check: not that they ever really did.  Most Fortune 500 companies pay little or no taxes.  That’s why they pay for all those lobbyists and fund all those political ambitions.  Those political contributions?  They would be the reason our elected officials have been rather hesitant to put a stop to these so-called mergers.  At election time they need money to compete and that money has to come from somewhere. It’s in their own best self-interest not to slap or restrict the hand that feeds them.

Reality check: Dodging taxes for big corporations is hardly something new.  They all have off-shore accounts stocked with millions, billions and, in some cases, trillions of untaxed dollars.  Most of those companies are using those funds in order to purchase these non-U.S. companies.  This has been going on for quite some time and our government officials have chosen to look the other way because their careers rather depend on doing exactly that.

Will a boycott of Burger King have any effect at all? 

Maybe briefly.

Will it cause Burger King to reconsider moving their corporate headquarters out of the United States? 

Doubtful.

So, if charbroiled tasting globs of fat and deep fried everythings bring joy to your artery clogged heart, then, please, continue to make it “Be Your Way” or to “Have It Your Way”.

Burger King will. 




















































2 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

those are some creepy ass commercials. and some shitty food.

whkattk said...

It would be interesting to have some economist do a true study to examine how much they spend on those lobbyists to keep from paying the the small percentage that they actually would pay. Once these guys take advantage of all the deductions and loopholes, many of them don't pay much in taxes at all - some of them don't pay any - and some actually GET money.