Apple, Congress, and Taxes

Of course the people at Apple are horrendous corporate citizens for the despicable manner in which they shield their profits from the tax collector.  They’re far from alone, but the attention comes with the territory:  when you’re the biggest guy in a room full of bad guys, it’s only natural that the light shines harshest on you.

And of course Congress is right to be outraged – outraged! – over the tax evasion successes of Apple and others like it.

But seriously, Congress, who writes the tax code?  YOU write the tax code.  If you don’t like it, don’t like what Apple and companies like it are doing, the solution isn’t to grill Apple executives about their lawful, if somewhat immoral, evasions.  That’s nothing more than pompous bloviating.

No, Congress, the appropriate response, if you don’t like it, is to DO something about it.  Apple and the others like it are only playing by the rules YOU wrote.  After all, Congress, YOU write the tax code and YOU have the power to change it if you don’t like it.

But maybe it’s just easier for people who’ve spent ten or twenty or thirty years in Congress to complain about a problem than it is to do something about it.

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