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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Championship tax avoidance

Just when you think you've heard the last of the great Bush era outrages, another one pops up and this one is a doozy: a contractor getting $16 billion in contracts in Iraq has found a perfect way to avoid taxes.

And that company used to be a part of a company run by Dick Cheney.

What a surprise.

The company in question is Kellogg, Brown and Root-- which was a subsidiary of Halliburton until last year. The offshore tax dodge, the Globe reports, costs the government hundreds of millions of dollars in Social Security and Medicare taxes that you and I pay.

And it all derives from the no-bid deal that Cheney's company received to handle many of the basic services that would otherwise be handled by soldiers.

Best, or worst, of all, the department run by Cheney's pal, Donald Rumsfeld, has aware of the tax avoidance scheme based in the Caymans Islands, since 2004 -- but allowed it to go on because they claimed it ultimately saved the Defense Department money because it allowed KBR to perform its contractual services more cheaply.

On the scale of Iraq outrages, this doesn't come close to the deaths caused by this reckless adventures by Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush. But it's yet another reason to remind people that John McCain represents more of the same thing this nation's desperate;y needs to rid itself of.

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