This story pissed me to a whole new level, I had to write about it in both blogs.
Congress will likely investigate the firm's reasons for moving
March 12, 2007 — Halliburton Co., currently the largest military contractor in Iraq with billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, announced Sunday that it was planning to move its CEO and corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. (what? why ever could that be? )
The move could eventually save the firm a fortune in U.S. taxes, but it is raising serious questions about its priorities and prompting at least one possible congressional hearing...
Lesar said the goal of the move was to focus on Eastern Hemisphere "oil exploration and production opportunities, and growing our business here will bring more balance to Halliburton's overall portfolio." (oh really, that's it, well at least he's honest, and doesn't even pretend to be a patriot, which you think he might, see, after our government had displayed record-breaking generosity to his company over the last 5 years)
Run by Vice President Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000, Halliburton has a five-year, $16 billion contract with the U.S. Army and total revenues of $22.6 billion in 2006... ( Does anybody find this as fucked up as I do? This is a company that "misplaces" hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on the regular, that still makes yearly payments to our sitting VP, who continues to steer mind-bogglingly massive no-bid contracts their way -- and now they want to move to a foreign country to save money on taxes?! Shouldn't there be some sort of law against this?? )
OK, lets wrap this up with a recap:
Our tax dollars go to no-bid contracts awarded to companies like Halliburton,
which used to be ran by our current vice president,
who has a large amount of sway in "reconstruction" contract assignments,
which are meant to reconstruct a country destroyed by our own military (paid for also by our own tax dollars),
which is led by Cheney's co-worker, the Commander in Chief, in his "war on terror,"
who has no problem with Halliburton re-incorporating in a country of Islam,
so they no longer have to pay millions in taxes to our government,
the government which gave them their business and their record-for-wartime profits
The Iraq war is financially and socially the biggest scam in the history of the U.S., if not the world; it has negatively affected millions of people worldwide, and has so far led to the death of
-near 400 contractors (for which I have the least amount of sympathy)
-over 3100 U.S. soldiers
-somewhere between 150,000 and 700,000 Iraqi civilians
in the past 6 years. I hope the worst blemish on America's recent history is also the last, and that things don't somehow get worse. Can they?