Tax the Rich!

SAP, whom I used to work for, gets a hat tip. Although SAP’s offerings in the US always seemed like the US was the “outsourced labor” and the Germans were the actual workers. The truth was that these were mostly separate companies and simply shared the company name. Still, most of my corporate experience there was a feeling like most people were climbing and never got further than the bottom rung. There’s a few people I still talk to today there and they’ve got their heads on right, but the vast majority of people never seemed to get the idea that the US side of things was roughly the same as any other outsourced labor and treated accordingly. That’s important to keep in mind when you read this article – there’s nothing a company has or does which makes the US any more of a valuable market for labor or money than any other country. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still work there simply for the experience (again) but in terms of career growth it’s not happening without moving to Germany. Then again with how the US is doing this too is becoming attractive.

Now, there’s a bigger message here from outsourcing or delisting from the stock exchange. When you make companies jump through more hoops and pay higher taxes, they simply leave. This applies to companies, this applies to individuals. If you make the environment so hostile that it becomes attractive to be somewhere else, they pull up the tent stakes and dust off. More on the point the rich, the companies, they have enough money they can afford to be mobile. When you compound the tax hike with jail time for individuals, suddenly moving seems like an awfully good idea…

I wonder how much it would cost to get the MR2 shipped to Germany?