WASHINGTON - With news that Burger King is now considering moving their corporate headquarters out of the U.S. to Canada, National Review's Kevin D. Williamson pre-empted Illinos' U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's anticipated indignant tirade with a poignant op-ed on the topic.
Entitled "Inversions are Just the Beginning," Williamson shares a few thoughts desperate bully Liberals like Durbin - focused on clamping down on U.S. corporations - would do well to skim:
The question isn’t whether you can bully Walgreens out of its plan to move to Switzerland. The question is whether the next Apple or Pfizer ever puts down legal roots in the United States in the first place. Right now, the friction works in favor of the United States, but there is no reason to believe that that will always be the case. You think that Singapore wouldn’t like to be the world’s banking or pharmaceutical capital? That Seoul lacks ambition? That the Scots who brought us the Enlightenment can’t run a decent system of law and property rights? Burger King is not talking about moving to some steamy banana republic for tax purposes, but to stodgy, stable, predictable, boring old Canada. Boring and predictable looks pretty good if you’re Burger King, especially when the alternative is unpredictable and expensive. Unpredictable and expensive is what you date when you’re young and stupid — you don’t marry it.