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September 30, 2014

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letter to the editor:

America’s might takes money

The column “If Walgreen Co. moves home base to Europe, blame D.C.’s tax failure,” in Monday’s Sun, leaves me with some questions.

I know it is not the only corporation to consider moving overseas — the column indicates Horizon has done so, as have others, to escape the higher corporate taxes the U.S. imposes.

Switzerland and Ireland were cited as two tax havens for corporations. I realize the column was dealing with the lack of tax reform legislation by our Congress, but it made me ask: When was the last time either Switzerland or Ireland came to the aid or rescue of another country? Are either of these nations threatening to impose more boycotts on Russia? Are they going to Asia to try to reassure this part of the world they will be helped if China starts acting like a big bully?

All of these things the United States of America does and more. I didn’t see ships or planes from either aforementioned country trying to help find the downed airline in the Indian Ocean. These things cost money. Because of our financial strength and military presence, we help make it safer for multinational companies to operate in other parts of the world in order for them to increase sales and increase profits. Someone sure has to help pay for all of this!

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