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Irish Support Standing Up to Brussels
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  • Tom

    “That reality needs to be better understood in Brussels,”

    Via Meadia still doesn’t get that, to the Eurocrats, keeping people poor is a feature, not a bug.

    • Jim__L

      Eurocrats are just another unaccountable international aristocratic class, pursuing no one’s interests but their own.

  • Andrew Allison

    As the post states, this is nothing but an anti-competitive attack by Brussels on Ireland’s chosen development model. Apple did nothing illegal at the time and not available to other companies. Judge Learned Hand wrote in 1934 that, “Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.”

    • Jim__L

      There are always private charity alternatives to handing more money to the government, and civil society is strengthened whenever those private alternatives are supported — the more generously, the better.

      • Andrew Allison

        I couldn’t agree more, but that’s off topic. The issue here is that the Finance Minister of the world’s largest tax haven (The Netherlands) is attempting to eliminate his Irish competition.

  • Beauceron

    This issue has split me down the middle.

    On the one hand, I do not like seeing large, billion-dollar multinationals escape tax payments. Companies should pay taxes on their profits. You can argue that taxes on job producing businesses should be lower than they are, but in the end, they should pay a fair share to the societies where they exist and profit.

    On the other hand, I do not like seeing a distant, disconnected bureaucracy ordering around the locals. I do not like seeing a country that’s trying to compete in a challenging economic environment being hamstrung.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Apple did not escape tax payments. They made use of existing law to minimize their payments, something that was entirely appropriate for a publicly held firm, and available to any other firm in the same circumstances. There is no suggestion that Apple disobeyed existing law, or behaved in a manner contrary to the norms in place in the countries in which it operated. The EUnicks aren’t happy because they were out-thought (granted, a relatively easy task), and wish to make an example, lest others try the same thing.

      As for a ‘fair’ share, this sounds like the mindless idiocy of FG….please tell me what a ‘fair’ share is. Apple produces a product that people buy (which they pay tax on, particularly in the EU) and which they use for their own pleasure and productivity. In doing this, Apple makes us all richer. That they make themselves much richer in the process is a good thing, and only those unable to produce anything of value themselves see a problem with this. I don’t suggest that YOU are intimating such things, but you are giving cover to those who do.

      You often write about your (reasonable) concerns about the collapse of America in the face of a rising tide of welfare eaters and their ilk. Companies like Apple respond to this unfortunate trend by trying to shelter themselves from over-grasping tax and regulatory authorities who cloak their avarice in a desire for ‘fair taxes’….

  • LarryD

    The real sin in the view of the Brussels bureaucracy is making the rest of the EU look bad.

    • Jim__L

      I think Avarice is at play here, in addition to Pride.

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