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Buffett Burger King Funds Flip
Obama’s Inversion Calculus

Bloomberg News, by Jonathan Allen*

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 8/27/2014 5:43:23 AM

Billionaire Warren Buffett was an ally of President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and the force behind Obama’s “Buffett Rule,” designed to increase tax bills for the wealthiest Americans. Now, the second-richest man in the U.S. has dented Obama’s effort to stamp out corporate inversions. Buffett’s financing of Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s $11.4 billion purchase of the Canadian fast-food chain Tim Hortons Inc. challenges Obama’s argument that inversions are unpatriotic and gives defenders of the practice leverage to make their case.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/27/2014 5:48:40 AM     (No. 9982769)

Buffett has put the WH in the position of either being OK with this or repudiating the action of a powerful man who has been a major White House crony.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 8/27/2014 5:59:02 AM     (No. 9982773)

I hope Canada puts up enough of a fight to stop this merger. Obama runs his out about all htese tax dodging schemes but his fat cat donors will get their way,anyway.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 8/27/2014 6:12:57 AM     (No. 9982776)

Companies are not slaves or prisoners of America. Taxation is the purview of Congress, not the President. If Congress wants companies to continue with headquarters in America, they should arrange the tax system so that companies will voluntarily decide to do so. Socialists go apoplectic when liberty and voluntary associations are the basis of civil interaction, but they need to get used to people not being compelled to do things.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 8/27/2014 6:13:33 AM     (No. 9982777)

I wonder if Lightbringer sat Buffett down and told him "At some point, you´ve made enough money"?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ROLFNader, 8/27/2014 6:22:30 AM     (No. 9982786)

Not long ago , many of us would never consider moving to Canada due to its socialist bent. Funny how that has changed so quickly and that contrast can be attributed to the constant erosion of our liberty and the left´s relentless attack on those who produce wealth - all the while pretending to protect their interests. Perhaps Buffet realizes that Canada´s slide has at least stalled while ours moves apace.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 8/27/2014 6:49:52 AM     (No. 9982808)

BurgerKing is not American-owned.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/27/2014 7:56:29 AM     (No. 9982859)

Obama needs all the revenue he can get into the treasury to cover his wild over spending. He still doesn´t understand that lower taxes lead to higher revenue. If the GOP were not such sycophants of Obama they would be making that case. Obama policies make everyone poorer. His demagoguery of millionaires and billionaires is just a distraction from reality. Obama should lower the tax rates on Buffett´s secretary to keep them in line with what Buffett is paying. /s This way there would be more for productive sectors of the economy and less for wasteful government. Everybody wins!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Civilservant, 8/27/2014 8:29:04 AM     (No. 9982902)

Lol!!
I am quite sure that Uhhhhhbama has had a tough time getting his phone calls to ol´ Warren returne for quite a while now.
When Warren wants to USE Barry he will, and in the meantime he will ignore him.
Barry was NEVER the boss in that relationship.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 8/27/2014 11:07:46 AM     (No. 9983108)

The real fault are the politicians who are whining - change the laws, bring down the rate from the highest in the world - Demos won´t do it because the government will "lose" to much income and besides that corporations are evil and should be punished in any way possible.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TXknitter, 8/27/2014 1:01:36 PM     (No. 9983301)

I believe #6 is correct in that most stock is owned by a group of Brazilian investors.

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