Bernie Sanders on Apple: "I wish they would not be trying to avoid paying their fair share of taxes"


Bernie Sanders is the working class hero of 2016: an unexpected success story, he is the only Democractic candidate that has a (slim but) real chance to win against Hillary Clinton in the race for delegates in the 2016 US Presidential election primaries.

In a recent interview with the NY Daily News, we found quite a few interesting thoughts by Sanders on the big corporations and Apple in particular that are worth sharing. Sanders is known for his sharp and relentless critique against big corporations that have irresponsible attitude. In fact, Sanders openly claims that JPMorgan and General Electric are destroying the fabric of America.

So it was only natural for the same question to pop out about Apple, the world's largest corporation. Is it also one that is destroying the fabric of America?

"No, Apple is not destroying the fabric of America. But I do wish they’d be manufacturing some of their devices, here, in the United States rather than in China. And I do wish that they would not be trying to avoid paying their fair share of taxes," Sanders clarified.

So what is then the type of company that is involved in the destruction of the fabric of America?

"JPMorgan Chase, and virtually every other major bank in this country. Let me be very clear, all right? I believe that we can and should move to what Pope Francis calls a moral economy. Right now, there are still millions of people in this country who are suffering the results of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street," Sanders said. "What we have seen over the many years is shutting down of many major plants in this country. Sending jobs to low-wage countries. And General Electric, doing a very good job avoiding the taxes. In fact, in a given year, they pay nothing in taxes. That's greed. That is greed and that’s selfishness. That is lack of respect for the people of this country."

Sanders then continues to speak about how the big corporations have moved jobs overseas in unfair and immoral trade agreements that compare the labor of the American worker against the labor of cheaply paid and often attrociously treated people in Asia. And that cannot be a fair comparison, according to Sanders. Fixing this would need reworking major trade agreements like NAFTA and PNTR with China, but at the end of the day, Sanders believes that this is the way to truly reform and rejuvenate the US economy.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that changing those trade agreements and having big companies like Apple move manufacturing in the United States would improve the US economy?

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