Brian Leroux, WTFjs.
and his site/blog:
Desiato on The Biggest Tax Scam Ever: How Corporate America Parks Profits Overseas, Avoiding Billions in Taxes: A single world-wide tax isn't going to happen. Based on the pain resulting from the Euro, I think there's an easy argument to make that it's not even desirable. And I think for the sake of diversity and experimentation alone it's worth having different tax regimes in different countries, or at least the possibility thereof.
I don't know how to solve the corporate tax-haven problem. I'm tempted to conclude that the solution is the same as the solution to music/movie piracy: make it cheap and easy to conform to the desired behavior. This may mean shifting the tax burden to different places (e.g. VAT, carbon tax, ...?).
John Sinteur on Average full-time workweek is 47 hours, Gallup says: Yes, that's part of the problem indeed. A big part, I'd say. And Dutch labor protection laws are not really helping out there. I would have to take on so many responsibilities it might bankrupt me if you had an accident that would stop you from working for, say, six months. The complexity of hiring somebody are somewhat eased if I would use a pay-rolling intermediate, but if anybody would tell me it's easy to hire help I would laugh so hard it would hurt. I'd love to be a "job creator", but I'd be crazy to do so without a lot of other things to protect me. As a result, I'd rather stay a single-person company.
Desiato on Average full-time workweek is 47 hours, Gallup says: There are of course several practical issues with your implied proposal.
Say John, do you ever work more than 40 hours a week? I suspect it's not unheard of. How come you're not hiring me to do the extra work?