Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Patriots Don't Pay Stinkin' Taxes

Okay, my posting frenzy continues. Today's NY Times has an article on Michael Moore's new movie "Fahrenheit 911" distribution being blocked by Disney. Here is a quote from the article

Mr. Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney's chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor.
So, I'm trying to connect the dots here. Michael Moore made a movie critical of President George Renault ("Torture in Iraq? I'm shocked, shocked") Bush. Disney (who owns Miramax) decides not to distribute it because the President's brother is the governor of a state where it receives tax breaks and it fears losing those breaks.

Hmmm...Disney is trying to censor someone (which is legal - since the Mickey Mouse government we currently have is not owned and operated by Disney, just other corporations) because they do not want to pay taxes to the state and country which allows them to make money hand over fist. I would think a patriotic company like Disney would be proud to support the governments that have copyright laws, trademark laws, and anti-pirating laws and allows their theme parks to be run in a safe, law-abiding community. But maybe it is really more patriotic to avoid taxes - all the best companies do. It reminds me of my own definition of a certain type of conservative "A conservative is one who pushes for a war where his neighbor's son is drafted and is paid for by all his neighbors but him."

Also, isn't this a country where "rule of law" and not "rule by man" takes place? I mean, what difference should pissing off the governor of the state do with your tax breaks? Wasn't a President brought to impeachment by that very lofty goal? I remember those fat House of Representatives "managers" kept repeating "This is not about politics, but rule of law." So shouldn't these tax breaks be independent of who is in office, if in fact we are ruled by law?

Or is taxation at the whim of King George?


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