The last time he had the opportunity, Senator Rand Paul explained this weekend, he told the President that "there are some things we can agree on."
"... we actually are working with the White House. And the last time I was with the president, I told him there are some things we can agree on. One is, let's let companies bring money back home, repatriate it and let's put the tax proceeds into infrastructure. We could double the amount of money in infrastructure if we did that. And that's something we can find an agreement on. I think we should do it next week."
Addressing the nation's crumbly infrastructure problem and fixing what Paul once called the "Byzantine and bizarre tax code" in a speech to colleagues back in May, according to the WashingtonPost, should be getting more attention. Paul took colleagues such as Sentaor John McCain, who decried "Apple’s corporate tax strategy," and Senator Carl Levin, who lamented "lost tax revenue," to task in that speech:
"I am offended by a $4 trillion government bullying, berating and badgering one of America’s greatest success stories."
Paul's mind was set, it seemed, and he aimed to wake the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations up in the hearing on Apple's efforts to avoid paying billions in U.S. corporate income tax, and the Post quoted Paul further:
"This committee will admit Apple has not broken any laws. Yet, they are forced into a show trial at the whims of politicians, when in fact Congress should be on trial for chasing the profits of great American companies overseas. ... If you want to assign blame, the committee needs to look in the mirror and see who created this mess, see who created the tax code that drives American companies overseas."
Paul stated that the U.S. corporate tax "... is more than double Canada’s. I never thought I would be complimenting Canada’s tax code – our tax code is double Canada’s. Our corporate tax is over ten points higher than Europe."