Michael Schaus

The Huffington Post is beside itself with indignant rage over companies moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying the highest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Feeling that Secretary Jack Lew was onto something when he accused companies of being economic traitors for reducing their tax burden, the HuffPo let loose a string of economic illiterate ramblings about the indecency of corporate profits.

Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will become Irish. Medical device maker Medtronic deserted America for Ireland last month. The pharmacy chain Walgreens recently announced it may be next. It plans to dump the land of the free for the bows and scrapes of royal subjects.

Is it just me, or does their article read like they just got dumped by the cool kid in high school? Of course, it got better as the article rambled on about corporations’ economic duty to pay taxes. (Because, ya know, America is so well known for its love of high taxation. Just ask those Colonists in Boston.)

[These companies refuse] to pay taxes on foreign income to the country that nurtured them, protected them from patent violators and unfair competitors, and provided them with educated workers, federally-sponsored research and development, and myriad other public services. Now, they can freeload instead. As a result, their U.S. competitors, as well as hardworking Americans, will pay more to cover the shirkers’ share.

Oh, right… Now I get it. These evil capitalist organizations didn’t actually build their businesses themselves. No, no, no… It took the benevolence of government funded programs to make success possible in America. And, furthermore, they are now forcing domestic competitors and hardworking Americans to foot the bill for such government success stories like Healthcare.gov, Dodd-Frank, the EPA and the FDA. (Deep breath… The sarcasm is getting a bit thick here.)

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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