Can't say I would would blame them DA. Our country has one of the higher corporate tax rates (40% for last 9 years), compared to other industrialized nations. I think they are just as patriotic because they have endured over 100 YEARS of paying ridiculously high taxes. And the CEO's have managed to make a profit while doing so. Quite remarkable. The business of a for-profit business is to make a profit. And from this profit comes the CEO's pay. Why is this such an evil concept? And Whirlpool is providing a product to a willing and now-disposible society. I believe a majority of the consumers are not even concered about longevity when it comes to reliability and maintainability. ("Don't fix, let's just replace. We can put it on the plastic, honey. I'm tired of the color anyway.")
I would assume they do get "tax breaks", just like other behemoths. Isn't it nice of the local, state, and federal governments to offer and broker the deal to have them stay here in America, and then over-regulate the hell out of them and make it way harder to operate than it needs to be? I'm sure a big chunk of the tax savings are offset by meeting the obnoxious and stupid EPA mandated requirements.
They also support causes such as Habitat for Humanity, breast cancer research, and helped folks after Katrina (from wiki). Plus they provide a decent living for thousands of American families (and abroad). Part of my and other service providers profits are from Whirlpool.
Don't you think they already would have left the country completly, if they really wanted to? They could certainly afford to. What do you think is stopping them? Or why have they chose to stay?
I personally recommend American made and support small local businesses whenever possible. I would hate to see them go.
Just my 2 pesos.
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