I had mixed feelings about him before (figured he was a blowhard with honest intentions) but now that it seems he's in Putin's pocket, I remain convinced that Ecuador did the right thing.
Can the next release make these billionaires go broke? Thanks
Maybe the reason they are billionaires in the first place is because they used the cheat codes
Which things were declared unconstitutional by the judicial branch?
You seem to under the misapprehension that the opinions of courts make something constitutional or unconstitutional. No. It's the text of the constitution that makes it so. For example, Obergefell v. Hodges did not make it unconstitutional for the states to deny equal protection of the law to gay couples; it became unconstitutional long ago, when Amendment XIV took effect. If some future right-wing court undoes the Obergefell decision, it will still be unconstitutional and illegal for the states to deny equal protection.
Why don't you just not use a device w/ Google software on it?
Because due to the way that capitalism corrodes market choice and reduces product quality, I have two viable choices for a smartphone: walled-garden bullshit from Google, or walled-garden bullshit from Apple. Since GOOG's walls are a little lower and I can climb over them more easily, I take that lesser of evils...along with a sledgehammer to break down those walls.
We would never expect an individual to not take a tax deduction or child credit etc. because they have "courage".
People need those things just to live and keep a roof over their heads. Paying the tax you really owe as a company is not equivalent to rejecting desperately needed child support.
I have no problem with Apple doing legal tax avoidance
I do. Just because something is legal, it doesn't mean it's ok. When governments don't have the cash they need, they have to cut back on essential services that we all use and people can die as a result.
If they're doing something illegal, that's another issue
This may well be the case with Apple and Ireland.
But let's not slam a corporation that is legally following tax law. Instead, let's slam legislators and encourage legislation to close tax loopholes and simplify the tax code.
Well, yes, governments are to blame for the loopholes, but companies use their might to push for those loopholes to exist. Very often they write the legislation that government enacts.. Also, companies do not just use their influence when it comes to legislation, they also use their power to "capture" relevant agencies. We've had this in the UK with our revenue collection agency, HMRC. There seems to be a revolving door between them and the very companies they are "struggling" to collect tax from. The previous head of HMRC let Vodaphone and Goldman Sachs off paying billions in tax and lied to the Commons Select Committee. He also protected HSBC from fraud charges in Switzerland and then went to work for them.
Perhaps we could have some kind of tax star rating, a bit like Michelin Stars. Smaller companies that can't use complicated tax avoidance would be proud to display their 5 star tax rating and it may give them an advantage over 1-Star major corporations. Imagine two adjacent coffee shops and only one has a 5-star rating. It may have enough of an effect that tax avoiders start losing money as a result.
Part of the problem is that there's a push to put as many high school students into college (even 2-year college) as possible, even those who would be better served going to vocational schools.
Protip: You can't outsource blue collar work.
When someone is sitting on your chest and slamming the back of your head into the sidewalk, you can shoot him in any State, stand your ground or otherwise.
Not when that someone is defending themselves against your assault, no. You cannot attack someone and then claim self-defense. It was Trayvon Martin who had the legal and moral right to stand his ground that night; it's unfortunate that the bad guy was armed and got away with it.
it already does, so I'm not sure what you're arguing here.
No, it doesn't. Read more carefully, including adjectives, and I think you'll get it.
"With molasses you catch flies, with vinegar you catch nobody." -- Baltimore City Councilman Dominic DiPietro