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Corporations moving offshore hurts U.S. | Letter

Editor,

This letter is in response to Patrick Kazmierczak’s letter to the editor, in which he was critical of Mr. Schoening’s previous letter calling for a boycott of Burger King for moving the company off shore to avoid taxes.

In football terms, Mr. Schoening’s letter split the uprights and Kazmierczak’s’s letter was like Scott Norwood’s field goal attempt in the first Buffalo Super Bowl … wide right.

One of Kazmierczak’s points was that profit was the only consideration for corporations. That is a reflection of someone who grew up in the “big box” store era.

Back when I grew up, there were very few “big box” stores. Businesses were locally run and their ethics and morals were of great importance to the consumer who bought products from them.

Those who only clamored for profit and didn’t care what their customers thought didn’t last long.

The irony of Kazmierczak’s letter is that he is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Navy and its mission on Whidbey Island.

Does he think the men and women stationed here are all volunteers? Does he think the equipment they use to defend our country is donated?

I think we all know the answer to that question — the 53 percent of us who pay taxes and corporations who pay taxes are the ones who fund the U.S. military.

So, when a company like Burger King moves off shore to avoid taxes, doesn’t that make them patently un-American?

I think so, because corporations do have to show they have morals and ethics, lest they alienate their consumers.

And when Kazmierczak sides with Burger King, he sides with a voluntary decision by Burger King to weaken the United States of America in order to turn a profit.

Or maybe we should ask the 53 percent of Americans who pay taxes who can’t off-shore their home to avoid paying taxes — let’s see if they all think it is a good idea for corporations to be able to avoid paying for the defense of the country.

Just as Kazmierczak says, corporations are free to do this as it is legal, and I am free to make an informed decision of which company I will buy a hamburger from.

Thanks to Mr. Schoening’s informative letter, I know which company I won’t be buying a hamburger from.

And that’s how free enterprise works, Mr. Kazmierczak.

One can only hope Burger King goes out of business for making this decision and that other companies will see the folly of moving off shore.

This is a matter that does not need to be legislated and could be handled by the people of the U.S.

If you agree with Burger King and profits are more important than national security, then go get a burger at Burger King.

But if you feel their actions weaken a nation, then there are plenty of other choices where you could buy your burger.

Thomas Kosloske

Oak Harbor

 

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