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Burger King, Eh?
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Posted 8/26/14
It's easy to forget that fast food is also subsidized by the government. I don't condone BK's movement motivated by tax avoidance, but I do agree that the annual US tax mini game is a pain in the @$$. However I do believe it is a citizen's civic duty to pay taxes, especially when living in a relatively developed nation.
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Fuck this! ButIstillloveBurgerKingdamnit.
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I'm more weirded out that the ubiquitous 'Timmies' is now going to be part of the Burger King's empire. Don't know about this whole tax avoidance thing, our taxes aren't all that different. Well at least Tim Hortons is still going to be Canadian, technically. (If they are actually moving base, I haven't checked so, all I know is hearsay)
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WHY CAN'T ANYTHING CANADIAN BE CANADIAN ANYMORE.
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Posted 8/26/14

thestars201 wrote:

WHY CAN'T ANYTHING CANADIAN BE CANADIAN ANYMORE.


globalization is a beech eh lol *eats his timbits in a corner*
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Posted 8/26/14

Gafennec wrote:

Of course. I have a black thumb when it comes to stuff like that. If I like something it is sure to be cut from the menu.

I know the feeling! Taco Bell's black taco & shrimp taco, Wendy's bacon deluxe burger & chicken honey biscuit, McD's steak and potato burrito (they brought back the steak burrito, but it's tiny and the potatoes are missing, it sucks)... that's all that come to mind at the moment.

Now on to the main discussion topic: I don't see how anyone can think corporate taxes are too high in the U.S. We live in a country most politicians are corporate schills, beholden to lobbyists, letting whichever "big" industry is involved write the majority of our legal bills. Then, we take the money you and I pay in taxes, and give it to corporations as a "bailout" or "stimulus". This shit is like Robin Hood in reverse, and some of you think we should pander to the corporations even more? Watch the old 70's James Caan flick "Rollerball" and see where that gets you.

Final thought: I don't give a rat's ass about BK. They have been getting progressively worse this last five years at least. Their fries are almost always cold. And with "Big King", I feel as if they have completely lost their identity. They spent years (rightfully) proclaiming the Whopper's superiority over the Big Mac. I mean, a big, juicy beef patty, with all the fixin's? Yes please! Vs. The Big Mac... the burger for everyone who ever thought that the one thing their burger was missing was... MORE BREAD. AS IF!!! And now BK copies one of the worst ideas in burger history...
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
BK is not evading taxes which is illegal, they are doing everything in their power to pay the least amount of taxes they are legally required to do ...like any sensible person. As taxes and minimum wages are increased companies turn to things like automation to save costs - then those jobs go away; costs are also passed onto consumers. Even if corporations paid zero taxes their employees, suppliers, and customers do. I am opposed to all corporate taxes.

Tax loopholes, I agree, should go away and be replaced with a flat or consumption tax (gets rid of the corrupt democraticly run IRS too). Bailouts are wrong too - no business is too big to fail! If the government is going to bail them out, they are more likely to make stupid decisions (House mortgage scandal anyone). Turning a profit is not greed nor is it immoral, without profit why would anyone, any business take risks? Government is the greedy entity here; they waste billions on light rail trains that no one rides, spend billions on the studies on the mating habits of arctic flies, and regulate businesses out of existence; all by himself the president is blocking thousands of jobs (keystone pipeline). It is our civic duty to pay taxes, but it is also our civic duty to hold government responsible as to how they spend those taxes ...and demand lower taxes. Not only is BK paying taxes, but their shareholders also pay taxes - they get taxed 2x!

Burger King franchises are privately owned so it's not corporate's responsibility to renovate them; what kind of self-righteous prick gets to decide for someone else what is "too much" profit?

I decide that I am going to support my local Burger King - it's been 30 years, but I'm going.
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
Just a personal opinion, here, but I believe that the first step to truly making the US tax structure more fair and equitable lies in examining and changing how our tax dollars are spent--not in how or from whom they are collected. That second problem--and it is a problem--should wait to be addressed until we learn to responsibly employ the tax revenue we do collect. (For example, why should US tax dollars--mine or Burger King's--be used to supply military weapons to nations which themselves support and train terrorist groups which have already attacked US citizens? As a prior Armed Services member, that especially p_sses me off! But our government seems happy to spend many millions on aircraft for such countries while spending mere thousands on a military funeral for someone killed by one of those sponsored terrorist groups. . .)
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21 / M / Canada
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Posted 8/26/14
Burger King had 11 billion to buy Timmies but doesn't have any money to renovate their restaurants? What a joke. I am livid with this purchase they may be a private company but Tim's is a Canadian icon how could they do this!
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It makes me laugh to see so many Democrats in the news protesting Burger King's move to avoid the highest corporate tax rate in the Western World. They oppose corporate personhood in cases like Hobby Lobby, but then they are more than happy to tax those same corporations as they were people and take their money. How upstanding of them.
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Posted 8/27/14

moonhawk81 wrote:
That second problem--and it is a problem--should wait to be addressed until we learn to responsibly employ the tax revenue we do collect.


The issue of how the U.S. collects its taxes might not wait to be solved, unfortunately. This business of the U.S. going after tax havens, foreign banks, offshore corporate profits, and the like is extremely questionable under international law; it essentially amounts to the U.S. using its tremendous financial clout to bully other parts of the world financial system into doing its bidding, sometimes against the content of their own laws on banking, privacy, etc. (Note the number and amount of fines levied by the U.S. against non-native banks versus those levied against onshore banks, for example.)
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Posted 8/28/14

rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:


moonhawk81 wrote:
That second problem--and it is a problem--should wait to be addressed until we learn to responsibly employ the tax revenue we do collect.


The issue of how the U.S. collects its taxes might not wait to be solved, unfortunately. This business of the U.S. going after tax havens, foreign banks, offshore corporate profits, and the like is extremely questionable under international law; it essentially amounts to the U.S. using its tremendous financial clout to bully other parts of the world financial system into doing its bidding, sometimes against the content of their own laws on banking, privacy, etc. (Note the number and amount of fines levied by the U.S. against non-native banks versus those levied against onshore banks, for example.)


Indeed. But then, the US has always tried to impose its image onto the world at large. I really don't think that the isolationism preceding World War I was such a bad thing. It seems to have been a moment of peaceful sanity between Teddy Roosevelt's self-aggrandizing Great White Fleet junket and the horror of the trenches. . .and the last moment of such fully cognizant peace that our nation has enjoyed.
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Posted 8/28/14
Hmm that's quite weird cause here in Quebec at least in Montreal the Burger King restaurants aren't doing too well. The two closest ones to me have closed down. They aren't popular where I am.
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Posted 8/28/14
https://soundcloud.com/natsu-the-producer/dont-invite-me-to-burger-king

That's my opinion.
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20 / M / Texas, USA
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Posted 8/28/14
I just quit from Burger King
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