Tax shelters are obscene.

Posted on: August 24th, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

Looking for and taking advantage of a “tax shelter” is obscene.

shocking: a citizen enjoying all the benefits of Canadian citizenship while paying accounting professionals to find the every possible way to avoid paying taxes that support Canada. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is shocking!”

scandalous: the 1% has inculcated the majority of the 99% into acquiescing to this practice. In the US it is accepted that the 99% don’t complain about this stupidity because they openly believe in the same principles. They don’t complain about the very way of life they have been led to believe is the very foundation of the American Dream. If the actions of Bernie Madoff and the banks can be considered scandalous (they were just trying to maximize their assets), isn’t finding a way to reduce exposure to legitimate taxes also scandalous? (Even if the shelter comes with a nice beach.) “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is scandalous!”

vile: “Yes Tommy or Suzy, your father and I can provide this lifestyle for you because we only pay taxes at a rate of 9%. The average rate for taxes for those who are taxed? About 28%. For those is our asset bracket, upwards of 50%. This kind of saving allows us vacations outside of Canada, cars made in Japan and Germany, education in the US, the best wines from Chile, and computers designed in the US and made in China. Why should we pay more taxes when the government can’t even fix the damn potholes on our street? “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is vile!”

foul: a foul ball is one outside of bounds on a baseball field. If caught, the batter is out. A foul smell stops me in my tracks and usually means something has gone bad, really bad, must be cleaned up, not brought into my bedroom to help me sleep. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is foul!”

atrocious: not sure I ever used that word when I was young. Now I might hear, “those prices are atrocious”, or “what she is wearing is atrocious”, of “it is atrocious that they can get away with that.” In each case I am expressing the feeling that “whatever” is outside the bounds of acceptable, moral, and ethical behavior. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is atrocious!”

outrageous: When do I use the word outrageous? Those prices are “outrageous”. Paying that amount to someone fired from his/her job for incompetence is “outrageous”. All those students thinking that cheating and plagiarism is acceptable as long as you don’t get caught is “outrageous.” “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is outrageous!”

heinous: The crimes the Special Victims Unit investigates.

“In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories….”

Of course sheltering ourselves from taxes is not a sexually-based offense. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is heinous!”

odious: Not one of my favorite words. “O – Di – Ous” Sounds yucky (as my daughter would say when she was 5).  “Yucky!” “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is odious!” “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is yucky!”

abhorrent: Now this is a word. ABHORRENT! That activity is abhorrent to my sensibilities. What an abhorrent thing to do. I wonder if the root of the word is based on “horror”!!!  “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is abhorrent!”

abominable: Cool, like the abominable snowman? an ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal, and Tibet. It is believed to be taller than an average human and is similar to Bigfoot.[2]

I know I can’t go any further with this, but ummmm, “ape-like cryptic” sounds close to what I want to infer. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is abominable!”

disgusting: What is disgusting? Pooping in our own nest?  Disgusting. Litter on the road. Disgusting. Cigarette smoking. Disgusting. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is disgusting!”

hideous: This sounds like a low voice, intense, guttural, pejorative word. This is “hid-e-ous”. That is “hid-e-ous”. Your actions were / are “hid-e-ous.” Not a nice word, not a nice adjective, not what I would want used to describe something I have done. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is hideous!”

repugnant: That smell is repugnant? Subtle difference from repellent. “Extremely distasteful.” “Unacceptable.” ” (repugnant to) in conflict with; incompatible with: a bylaw must not be repugnant to the general law of the country.” “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is repugnant!”

offensive: The very word is “offensive” to me. Yes, that is something I would say. Or a behavior is offensive. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is offensive to me!”

objectionable: This sounds wimpy. I don’t think that word conveys the depth of the word obscene. Objectionable seems kind of logic based. Ah well it still works. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is objectionable!”

repulsive: Good word. YOU ARE REPULSIVE!!! Don’t bring that in here, it’s repulsive (disgusting would work too). “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is repulsive!”

revolting: My mother used that word a lot, usually in talking about something my brother and I had done, made, or talked about. I can still hear her, “Get that out of here, it “revolting.” “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is revolting!”

repellent: This makes me think of mosquitoes. I put mosquito repellant on. And for a behavior to be “repellant” has something to do, in my mind, with those pesky, insidious, keep me awake at night and bothersome little flying bugs. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is repellant!”

loathsome“Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is loathsome!”

nauseating: Ah it makes me sick. That’s very appropriate. And think of the visuals, and the smells, and cleaning it up. Delightful. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is nauseating!”

sickening: A more pleasant word than “nauseating”. Perhaps more telling. Nauseating is right now. Throw it up, get it over with, and now get sober! But “sickening” is more long term, more insidious, more deeply dangerous. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is sickening!”

awful: Give me a break. Such a weak word. Awful. Well, got to use it. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is awful!”

dreadful: Another word that does not work for me. There is a comedy that uses “dreadful” with a high whiny voice. “That’s dreadful”. However. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is dreadful!”

terrible: This has to be repeated . . . terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is terrible!”

frightful: Yes, it is frightful. It is frightening. For me. For my children. For my grandchildren. And on and on. “Avoiding the payment of money to support our way of life in Canada is frightful!”

Yes, I know I have beaten this to death.

What I want to do, what we need to do, is throw out all the words and phrases that have become acceptable ways of defining and describing success.

Some further to examine.

Outsourcing as logical and acceptable business practice. It is not. At all. It is completely short term thinking. In the short term in increases “profits”, in the short term shareholders share in these profits and in the short term makes it easier for homegrown companies to be global competitors, borderless mega companies. And can they find ways to protect themselves from those “pesky” taxes? Oh yes!

Some words and phrases for further discussion

“Privatization”

“Trickle down . . . (giving the rich even more money will help all those at the bottom of the economic ladder)

“Stock market driving economy is a good thing.”

“One answer political parties.”

“Opposing political parties are the “enemy” and must be “destroyed”.

“A women’s right to have control of their bodies is a “political” position rather than a basic, fundamental human rights issue.”

“The state/country/whatever allows same sex marriages.” To . . . nothing. Pierre Trudeau famously said, “the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.”

 

 

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