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It is of course not factually inaccurate, the tax rate is low,

sigh

Low headline rates and better enforcement can easily mean higher effective rates. The US has one of the highest headline rates of corporate taxation - and it's been decades since Uncle Sam saw a single red cent from most of the big transnats.

did start the trend to lower corporate tax rates in europe

Assuming that you don't count the UK as being part of Europe, because they have a two decade head start on Ireland in that game. And the Dutch didn't cut corporate taxes so much as never have much of them in the first place.

You are critiquing a neoliberal caricature of Ireland, invented to suit their propaganda needs.

Being at tax haven isn't a sustainable growth path either.

Where, precisely, did I contend that?

And as Bofinger pointed out, the tax level of ireland is below the european average.

Headline or effective? (Gross or net, for that matter?)

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Aug 14th, 2011 at 11:56:09 AM EST
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gdp of course.

and tu quoque is not much of an argument.

>Where, precisely, did I contend that?<

You did contend that in the same place where I contended that paying back the debt is sustainable growth.

So you think there was no neoliberal trend in irsih policies in last twenty years? They also tended to export neoliberal members of the commission.

by IM on Sun Aug 14th, 2011 at 01:01:51 PM EST
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gdp of course.

Source?

and tu quoque is not much of an argument.

But it is relevant to your contention that Ireland was leading the race to the bottom on taxes.

So you think there was no neoliberal trend in irsih policies in last twenty years?

Uh, no.

There was a very definite neoliberal capture in the last ten years. The ten before that... not so much.

Which is, incidentally, a better record of resisting neoliberal brain rot than the SPD can boast.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Aug 14th, 2011 at 01:23:24 PM EST
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Source? You did quote the article. And you could just look up the numbers at the OECD.

In the real world, Ireland and the rest of neoliberal countries opposed any attempts of SPD led German governments at regulation at the EU level. As far as I understand neoliberalism did take over in Ireland with the rise of the progressive democrats in the late eighties.

by IM on Sun Aug 14th, 2011 at 03:25:39 PM EST
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