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GeneralRe: Apple/Ireland update: make that $14.5 billion worth of $henanigans Pin
W Balboos, GHB30-Aug-16 5:50
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wout de zeeuw30-Aug-16 12:17
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W Balboos, GHB30-Aug-16 13:39
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wout de zeeuw30-Aug-16 22:43
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W Balboos, GHB31-Aug-16 0:35
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wout de zeeuw31-Aug-16 1:38
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W∴ Balboos wrote:
- which people? The French did vote to put in the lawmakers for Ireland? The Irish put them in and could vote them out any time they want to. That's how representative government works.

I'm saying the tax rulings where never on any party program, therefore the (Irish) people did not vote for it. Did the US people vote for the wrongful invasion of Iraq for alleged weapons of mass destruction? Democracy is a flawed mechanism, and governments hardly do what people voted for.

W∴ Balboos wrote:
And so what's your point? With the deals they will - and otherwise they'd probably never have even seen their backside. That's the central point of the whole thing - they needed the development more than they needed the taxes. Their choice, and probably a damn good one.

The point was already pretty clear, but here it is again: nations need to compete on merit, not on how much money they're giving away to lure a fish.
W∴ Balboos wrote:
So Ireland is a vassal state of the 'suits' in Brussels - who'll be filling their fat faces with EU sponsored banquet dinners whilst discussing how to muck up whatever is left? To write laws retroactively is totally immoral - in the US we had the wit to put it in the original constitution. You guys in Europe? Apparently not so much. I guess you prefer the Erdogan model as applied to business.

You are making things up, laws are not written retroactively. It was already illegal to give tax benefits to a selection of companies. This is now being enforced. I don't care who's getting fat, but Apple does have to play by the EU rules. Besides, the 13.5% tax or so is still low, I wouldn't be screaming rip off about that.
Wout

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