Fortune’s Sloan on Inversion: You Can Be a Taker If You Have the Right Set of Lawyers

‘You shouldn’t just take stuff from the country, which these companies have done, then decide you don’t want to pay for it’

COLBERT: "Okay, you call this positively Un-american. Why Un-american? These companies are still patriotic. Because whether they’re paying taxes or not in the United States, I’m sure they will still use all their corporate money to help elect officials who approve of their behavior."
SLOAN: "So that’s very touching. But we have this idea, or I have this idea that to be American you should act like a citizen. You shouldn’t just take stuff from the country, which these companies have done, then decide you don’t want to pay for it, but by the way we’re actually all going to stay here. We’ll just pay a lot less than we used to, or maybe nothing, but we’ll have all the benefits of being here. In the last presidential election, people talked about makers and takers. but I guess being a taker is okay, if you have the right set of lawyers and cannot pay tax in the United States."

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