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  • Government Strangles High-Tech Growth

    The CEO of Intel has joined the ranks of those labeling big government as the cause of our economic slump, not the solution.

    Paul Otellini says it already costs Intel an extra billion dollars to build a microchip plant in the U.S., rather than overseas.  In his illustration, it’s an extra 25% to create a $4-billion facility.

    He told this to an Aspen gathering of the Technology Policy Institute, adding that government is killing America’s leadership for jobs of tomorrow.  Otellini said, “We seemed a generation ahead of the rest of the world in information technology. That simply is no longer the case.”

    While promoting education, research, favorable trade policies, and broadband expansion, he made it clear that tax policies are key—policies that are the opposite of what Congress and the Obama Administration are promoting.

    As CNET reported on his speech, “Take factories.  ‘I can tell you definitively that it costs costs1 billion more per factory for me to build, equip, and operate a semiconductor manufacturing facility in the United States,’ Otellini said.  The rub: Ninety percent of that additional cost of a $4 billion factory is not labor but the cost to comply with taxes and regulations that other nations don’t impose.”

    How do we get companies to expand in America rather than overseas?  The Intel CEO explained, “Adjust the U.S. corporate tax rate to a rate that is competitive world-wide. At Intel, we generate 75% of our revenue and much of our profit abroad. The U.S. tax treatment of that income makes it extremely expensive to repatriate that profit and invest here.  If our tax rate approached the rest of the world, corporations would have a natural incentive to invest here given many of the natural advantages that exist in this country.”

    He suggested lowering the rate to 25%.  That reduction echoes a Heritage Foundation proposal in its “Solutions for America,” which recommends, “The U.S. corporate tax rate should be set at or below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 26% to eliminate the incentive to move businesses and jobs overseas.”

    Otellini also stressed the need not to penalize companies when they repatriate their foreign earnings and bring them back to the U.S.  He’s joined by many others in the high-tech community who warn that what some call “closing tax loopholes” actually hurts the ability to create jobs in America.  Sybase CEO John Chen has written, “President Barack Obama has proposed to raise taxes on the international operations of U.S. businesses. There is one thing the proposal can effectively achieve: make the United States an even less friendly place to do business, and thus delay the economic recovery. . . .  Although intended to keep investments and jobs from leaving our country, in the long run the measures in the proposal will drive investments away, and kill jobs in the U.S.”

    The high-tech sector’s complaints are part of a growing chorus from job creators who describe how Washington is smothering economic growth.

    The Business Roundtable sent a 50-page letter to the White House describing how Obama’s agenda is stifling growth and killing jobs. A GOP letter complained of 191 intended rules and regulations that EACH would impose $100-million or more of growth-killing cost burdens on businesses.

    To put America back to work, it’s time to heed those who create jobs, rather than politicians who create more government.  Intel and others should not face a $1-billion hurdle to expanding in the USA instead of overseas.

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    5 Responses to Government Strangles High-Tech Growth

    1. Bobbie says:

      "I will punish companies that go overseas!" said by President Obama.

      How about avoiding the thought of going overseas altogether, by the solutions mentioned? That once again, decent, intelligent minds would have thought of first.

      Please! Impeach the man! He's spreading the wealth of America all around the undeserving governments of the world who stand to be dictators, communists and rulers. For the freedom of Americans and to free peoples' lives around the world. For the lives of our children, please! Impeach the man!

    2. Bobbie says:

      "I will punish companies that go overseas!" said by President Obama.

      How about avoiding the thought of going overseas altogether, by the solutions mentioned? That once again, decent intelligent minds would have thought of only.

      Please! Impeach the man! He's spreading the wealth of America all around the undeserving governments of the world who stand to be dictators, communists and rulers. For the freedom of Americans and to free peoples' lives around the world. For the lives of our children, please! Impeach the man!

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    4. Drew Page, IL says:

      Every day I believe more and more that Mr. Obama's thought process is "I must destroy this economy/country in order to save it". And there are those, unbelievably, who go along with him in this thinking.

      Every day I read editorials urging Americans to stop fighting with one another and look for compromise. How does one compromise with the attitude that our economy or our country must be destroyed in order to be saved?

    5. Mark Nejmeh, New Yor says:

      Please this article is clearly a lobby effort. Corporations are positioning their punishment directly upon the American citizen. If you don't want to do business here then leave. Remember you won't have to pay taxes if you don't make any money here. As a matter of fact if your costs are high enough from making investment and by paying your people fairly you won't have a tax burden. As far as your investment tax credit desired for investing in plant development. Congrats you already are getting a windfall since building, material, and land costs are way down y more than 30%. Now on to taxes….pay them …this is no time to adjust any tax structures and definitely not time to threaten your country by holding back your own growth. This political wrangling is a LOL as people suffer without a clear view of their Families future and our entire financial and economic system crashes. Be a patriot and stop crying for once . we don't want to hear it.

      Mark Nejmeh
      http://www.jobcreation.us

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