The bullshit there is the IRS trying to tax you on that foreign income, not that corporations aren't.
As far as I know the US is pretty much the only country that tries to double dip on its citizens' income like that.
The problem isn't the NSA having offensive weapons. The problem is the NSA knowing that some installations are built on quicksand but not informing the owners.
That's not helping national security, that's degrading it.
Roads: funded by the gas taxes they pay for their vehicles.
Medical facilities: not used by corporations, only by individuals.
Police: funded by the property taxes on their facilities.
I'll grant you the legal system, but that doesn't require a 19%, or even 1.9%, tax on corporate income to fund.
Nest has a dumb mode like that, but no motion sensor override. (You can use the sensor instead of the schedule, with the Auto Away feature, but not in addition to.)
That doesn't help your other objections, of course. I just wanted to clarify that point.
They either cause higher electricity rates, if the utility is footing the bill, or they cause higher tax rates, if the government is footing 100% of the bill. Either way, I'm paying, and not getting anything for it.
And if you think the utilities are going to install these things and not use them as an excuse to raise rates, you're dreaming.
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