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Evil Greedy Rich People and Nasty Big Corporations

Evil Greedy Rich People and Nasty Big Corporations

I know something about business people. They are smart about making a profit. I could go on for hours about how there is nothing wrong with that (in fact, if tempered by love of neighbor it is beautiful and excellent).

But for now I will just say “business people are working to make a profit.”

One way that business people choose to make a profit in a way that protects their personal property is by creating a corporation. The corporation provides “limited liability” – meaning that they will only risk what they put into it; they cannot lose their house, their retirement, their children’s education accounts, etc.

Sometimes corporations are formed and made available either in a limited way or publicly for investment. Others can share in the limited liability opportunity to create wealth.

Smart business people invest their money where it will earn them the biggest rewards. If they have been taught well they also consider their ethical values in their investments.

A corporation is going to do what it can to get the best profit out of the money that it has. If the market forces them to pay absurd (at least it seems absurd to those of us who aren’t paid as much) amounts of money in order to acquire executives who will make that happen the corporation will do so.

A profitable corporation with effective executives also happens to create heaps of jobs for those who are either just starting out or who for some reason have chosen to work for someone else their whole lives.

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Corporations get their money by providing a product for consumers. These consumers are always ultimately the source of the corporations money.

The only way corporations can get money to pay any tax that they are charged is to “pass it on” to consumers. That doesn’t mean there is a line item on your receipt that says “corporate tax surcharge.” It just means that the money has to come from consumers.

So why shouldn’t the big evil corporation just give less to their execs or to their investors? Because then the big evil corporation wouldn’t have the best execs and wouldn’t be able to get any investors.

Then the big evil corporation would go away, along with all of those jobs, benefits packages, and paychecks for its slaves.

Some people know how to invest and make money. When they do so investors make money, executives are paid extremely well, the slaves have a bit of dignity and a bit of pay to live off of, and the consumers get good stuff. Take away that incentive for the wise business man and there are no more evil executives and no more profits for greedy investors; but… there are also no more jobs with paychecks for the “slaves” and no more nice products for the consumers.

And… No more big evil corporation for the civil government to tax.

Everybody loses if we create an atmosphere that is hostile towards business investors (“the rich”) making money.

Oregon Gone Wild

Oregon Gone Wild

In a “brilliant” move the State of Oregon (my former home) has apparently implemented a tax increase in response to state budget shortfalls.

Idaho, claiming to be more business friendly, has issued an invitation for businesses in Oregon to move to Idaho! Sounds like a backfire!

It will be interesting to see if companies actually abandon Oregon.

Here is an excerpt from a letter from Idaho’s Governor to folks in Oregon that I found at

Other states, however, have chosen some interesting and in my view counterproductive approaches. Last month, for example, Oregon voters approved their legislature’s decision to raise taxes on the wealthy and on many businesses by $727 million. The immediate result was that my phone started ringing – and so did phones over at our Department of Commerce. It seems that word has spread about our Project 60 initiative, and that we are open for business, including theirs!

The businesses that have called are emotional about this subject, and they have every right to be. Rising costs – especially during a recession – could put some employers out of business, or at least prompt layoffs. More than 2,000 Oregonians joined a Facebook group to protest the tax increase and commiserate about the repercussions. No less an Oregon business icon than Nike’s Phil Knight calls it “Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law II.”  [Read More]

The original source of the letter is a press release from the State of Idaho here:

I wonder how long it will take Oregon to figure out that if they tax business into oblivion, there will be no more businesses to tax?