Hence it pisses people off when Apple avoids tax and they cannot.
Here's what I don't get about people who are pissed off that Apple avoids tax. They always bring up how much we pay for infrastructure, defense, etc. Do you just not understand who the infrastructure is for? It's for the people who live here, whether they work for Apple or not. Yes, they need roads to get to work at Apple, so yes, in some way roads are critical to Apple. But that's just coincidental, because if Apple weren't here those same people would need those same roads to get to some other job, or to the welfare office. Apple is clearly not the issue.
Think about Ireland's perspective. They don't have these huge successful native companies, they do have roads, water systems, police, town halls, health clinics, schools, waste treatment plants, etc. They have ALL THE SAME SHIT. Do you see that? And they have to pay for it. They don't have these big companies to demonize and whine about, yet they still have all the same crap we do to enable those big companies. So if they can get Apple to move there, and contribute just a tiny bit extra to the economy, they understand that to be a win. They aren't blinded by this strange entitlement that THEIR roads enabled Apple to become great, so Apple needs to pay for THEIR roads.
Companies like Apple are American companies because they were founded here. It wasn't our roads and sewer systems that enabled those companies, it was our culture. Unfortunately, that culture is being eroded by greed and entitlement and the idea that anybody successful owes their success to all the unsuccessful people.