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  1. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, about 1 year ago

    It’s all building up to something!
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    The time is coming where nations recognize Multinationals for what they are: Foreign countries!

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    I agree. I see the day when any corporate land is their territory like any embassy.

  3. jamnarama

    jamnarama said, about 1 year ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    …recognize Multinationals for what they are: blood sucking leeches!
    until politicians stand up for their own countries peoples instead of looking out for their own interest while lining their own pockets w/ corporate money nothing will change!

    nations spend over $1 Trillion in the global arms market ( to the benefit of corporate arms industries) while 1 Billion people go to bed hungry every night.

    See also ‘superfund sites’ here in the US. sites polluted by industry due to lax oversight being left to be cleaned up by gov’ts because corporate managers already ’took the money and ran!

  4. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Get a clue, this toon is saying do not allow Rich Americans move to The Bahamas, Cayman Islands or any other Foreign Nation to avoid paying USA Income Taxes.

  5. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 1 year ago

    Tax avoidance has become a massive industry and it’s morally wrong. People should pay taxes where they earn profits.

  6. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, about 1 year ago

    Apple Computer has $137,000,000,000 in cash, but a lot of that “isn’t available,” according to Tim Cook, because they would have to repatriate it and pay taxes on money they made outside the USA. But since they aren’t a company of the nation where they made the money, it isn’t taxable there either.
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    One hundred and thirty seven thousand millions of dollars. Let’s say that 2/3s is unpatriated… say it’s taxed at 28%, that means that around 26 billion dollars that Apple is keeping out of the treasury. One company, twenty six thousand millions of dollars. If 137,000 million dollar earners paid no taxes, wouldn’t you be a little bit cheesed off that you were paying but they weren’t?
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    The nation is going broke and one of our “Corporate citizens” is withholding $26 Billion dollars from our collective good. That’s neearly $100 for every Man Woman and child in the USA. That’s as if each of us are forced to buy something “i” in nature without our having a choice in the matter.
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    To Tigger… Examine the symbols of the panel. First, remember this is not a US cartoon, as such the “Tax Payer” isn’t just the US taxpayer, it’s all taxpayers around the world (Taxpayers of the world unite!). The lack of hay on the pitchfork represents the “tapped out” nature of the taxpayer. The trough labeled Taxes represents the amount of money required for the economy of the cow to be healthy. The cow represents the world economy. It is a cash cow. you put wealth of assets (wealth of nations) into the front and you get a healthy cahs flow that nourishes the farmer such that he can continue to feed the cow.
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    The multinational is the business interest that (like the Apple example above) milks the cow and shares none of the benefit with the farmer. Eventually, the cow and the farmer are going to die (and so will the multinational, but long after the first two).
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    Let us not forget that it is exactly the work of sovereign nations working together that allow for the economic infrastructure such that a multinational can exist in the first place. Let us not forget that we here in the USA are the ones who pay for the US Navy to keep shipping lanes open and secure. Without the US Navy, we wouldn’t be able to ship coal and scrap steel from Brazil to China so that China can convert those raw materials into geegaws of all sizes and shapes to be placed on container ships and floated back to ports in Le Havre. And yet which of these companies have paid the US for that protection? None.
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    To Chillbilly:
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    " People should pay taxes where they earn profits."
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    When I get dividends from a foreign company, a percentage is withheld for local taxes (I then write that amount off on my domestic taxes) so I as a “People” do pay taxes where I earn the profit. This is not about “People” paying taxes, it is about Multinationals paying taxes. Again, see the Apple example above. The same is true for Exxon/Mobile and the rest of the big oils. The same is true for the international Financial companies, the same is true for the other tech giants, the same is true for the Multinational food conglomerates. Pharma, Aerospace, you name it.
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    Once you understand this then you can understand that a company like Boeing will make a deal with a nation like Japan where if the Japanese airlines will contract to buy Boeing aircraft then Boeing will move production to Japan for a specific part of the airplane. But the company will be a Dutch company, not subject to Japanese taxatio on the profits. The advantage to Japan is jobs. So the tax on the workers “makes up for” the taxes they are not making on the Dutch Boeing. Meanwhile, Dutch Boeing in Japan never takes Dutch delivery of the money that Japan Boeing is making, that money goes to Brazil Boeing which is owned by South Africa Boeing. The money flows around and the only one paying taxes is the worker (the guy with the pitchfork) which, as any businessman knows, is making less for the work that he is doing than the company is charging for the work that he is doing (otherwise there would be no profit). So that is how the cash piles up for the cigar chomping multinational.
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    The Mitt Romneys and Koch brothers of the world hiding tens of billions of dollars in the Caymens is chump change in comparison. It’s like comparing an aristocrat to the kingdom.
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    It is estimated that there are over One Thousand Billions of dollars, One thousand thousands of millions of dollars (one Trillion) in un repatriated earning by US companies (US Alone!). At 35% tax that is $350Billions of dollars that this nation needs, this nation, that is the reason so many of those companies exist in the first place. And that would leave these companies with $650Billions of dollars with which they could be growing their business and our middle class (which would then turn around and buy such that the companies would make a multiple of the $350B they “lost” to taxes!
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    Or the nation could go broke, and in going broke it would nationalize these multinationals and sieze their assets to maintain the “FULL Faith and Credit of the United States of America”. Nobody wants that… But they ought to know that the possibility exists!

  7. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, about 1 year ago

    No, no. Thank you for reading.

  8. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, about 1 year ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    I should’ve said “COMPANIES” should pay taxes where they earn profits.


    I know from personal experience that a company can plant a massive operation in the US and a tiny operation in Bermuda and with accounting tricks operate the productive larger operation where the government is subsidizing the services it needs to operate, while funds are moved to Burmuda to be taxed, where they receive almost no government benefits other than the ability to hide money with relative ease.

  9. ReasonsVentriloquist

    ReasonsVentriloquist said, about 1 year ago

    @Chillbilly

    “I know from personal experience …”
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    And now more people know it from your sharing your knowledge. Thank you.

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