But That Was a Good Inversion

Apparently there are inversions and inversions. As you may recall an “inversion” is when a company changes its corporate headquarters in search of a lower tax liability. Recently, President Obama condemned inversions by U. S. companies:

Here’s what the president said at a press conference yesterday: “You have accountants going to some big corporations–multinational corporations but that are clearly U.S.-based and have the bulk of their operations in the United States–and these accountants are saying, you know what, we found a great loophole–if you just flip your citizenship to another country, even though it’s just a paper transaction, we think we can get you out of paying a whole bunch of taxes.”

However, Bloomberg reported a bit of irony:

President Barack Obama says U.S. corporations that adopt foreign addresses to avoid taxes are unpatriotic. His own administration helped one $20 billion American company do just that.

As part of the bailout of the auto industry in 2009, Obama’s Treasury Department authorized spending $1.7 billion of government funds to get a bankrupt Michigan parts-maker back on its feet — as a British company. While executives continue to run Delphi Automotive Plc (DLPH) from a Detroit suburb, the paper headquarters in England potentially reduces the company’s U.S. tax bill by as much as $110 million a year.

This might be a good time to recall Ralph Waldo Emerson’s dictum that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Little minds are clearly not a problem for the Obama Administration.

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    Did Chrysler becoming an Italian company produce a similar result?

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