Verizon responds to Bernie Sanders’ idiotic claim that they don’t pay taxes

Sanders is simply a moron firing scattershot leftist blather with absolutely no evidence whatsoever.

If you’re a corporation you’re greedy, you’re a scourge and you don’t pay taxes and you must be punished.

Verizon responded:

The senator’s uninformed views are, in a word, contemptible. Here’s why.

His first accusation – that Verizon doesn’t pay its fair share of taxes – is just plain wrong. As our financial statements clearly show, we’ve paid more than $15.6 billion in taxes over the last two years – that’s a 35% tax rate in 2015, for anyone who’s counting. We’ve laid out the facts repeatedly and did so again yesterday (see “Sen. Sanders needs to get his facts straight” at Verizon.com/about/news). The senator has started to fudge his language – talking of taxes not paid in some unspecified “given year” – but that doesn’t make his contention any less false.

Sen. Sanders also claims that Verizon doesn’t use its profits to benefit America. Again, a look at the facts says otherwise. In the last two years, Verizon has invested some $35 billion in infrastructure — virtually all of it in the U.S. — and paid out more than $16 billion in dividends to the millions of average Americans who invest in our stock. In Sanders’s home state of Vermont alone, Verizon has invested more than $16 million in plant and equipment and pays close to $42 million a year to vendors and suppliers, many of them small and medium-sized businesses. Just yesterday, we announced a $300 million investment to bring fiber to the city of Boston,

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9 Comments on Verizon responds to Bernie Sanders’ idiotic claim that they don’t pay taxes

  1. Bernie is a one trick pony. He has been blathering socialist mantra forever.
    I blame the Verizon strike on him.
    He has never had a real ‘man’s’ job.




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  2. “I challenge Sen. Sanders to show me a company that’s done more to invest in America than Verizon.”

    Pow, right in the kisser!




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  3. The operative phrase is “fair share.”

    Unto itself, it is meaningless.

    Verizon’s answer is that they paid their “legal” share – as opposed to their “fair” share – which, to the socialists, will appear to be “spin.” Socialists have no shame, no morals, no sense of reality – and thus, cannot follow reason or logic – and words mean only what they wish them to mean at the moment they’re muttered.

    Verizon has hired thousands of useless, affirmative-action employees in the past couple of decades, and deserves NO sympathy (a recent mayoral candidate’s, for DC, claim to fame was that she hired 800 minority employees into Verizon – ALL of whom were worthless, I’ve been told).

    A pox on BOTH their houses …

    izlamo delenda est …
    socializmo delenda est …




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  4. My wife quit Verizon after our second child was born. She was a full time, stay at home mom for 13 years before returning to the work force. She just got a small raise (medical billing clerk) last month and is now making the same salary she had 30 years ago at Verizon. Say what you will, they paid well; those people on strike are nuts. Jobs like that don’t grow on trees.




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  5. To a socialist like Bernie a “fair share” is at least 110%. Typically hypocritical for some one who has never met a payroll or provided a “benefit” from his own pocket. It’s so easy to spend OPM.




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