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Google Jet Fleet Loses a Pentagon Fuel Perk

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Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin may have to dig deeper to operate their fleet of private jets, after the U.S. Department of Defense ended a little-known arrangement that for years allowed the tech billionaires to travel on sharply discounted jet fuel bought from the Pentagon. (online.wsj.com) 기타...

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yr2012
Did the airlines when they flew troops to Ghan and Kuwaitt get in on this?
Chuck214
I would post what is on my mind, but, well, you get the drift.
Moviela
Every day I work, I contribute to the IRS, Social Security, and Medicare. Since I am in a sense on government business, I should be allowed to top off at Moffat too.

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andytyler
Andy Tyler -1
then make your own retirement fund and don't rely on the government to give u everything
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 2
If that's the case, then they shouldn't be deducting SS out of our paychecks!!!
WALLACE24
Not to mention ss is not a gift - you pay for it- it's an insurance policy. Not a very good one either.
andytyler
Yeah obviously you contribute more to the government and the world than Google itself. How dare the DoD deny you perks that go against the free market economy
WALLACE24
They only used 2.3 million gallons. What's the big deal? Just pay your taxes and shut up.
tarbaby
Well......the "haves" and the "have nots"......need I say more?? It will get swept under the rug.......all politics!!
c130aj
c130aj 3
Billionaires + B767 = In need of Discount ?????
TorstenHoff
Why should the taxpayer subsidize the travels of these billionaires and other Google executives? Rep. Darrell Issa should launch an investigation and demand a full reimbursement.
btweston
btweston 1
Psst... Darrell Issa works for them. He's what you call a Republican.
CyranoSmith
Don't know about Issa, but it looks like (from the article) the Republican senator (Sen. Charles Grassley) from Iowa is calling for an audit. When the numbers come back we'll see what develops.
andytyler
taxpayers subsidizes all billionaires in America. its called they pay a lower tax rate than us, courtesy the Republican party.
WALLACE24
We have had almost 5 years of a dem pres. Do you think Mr Soros' federal tax rate has increased? It isn't just republicans.
WALLACE24
Do you pay higher than the 35% federal ordinary income tax rate or more than the standard capital gains rate?
andytyler
No millionaire pays the actual 35% of their gross income in federal income taxes. That number is usually between 13-24%.
WALLACE24
It is not figured off gross.
tarbaby
Yup....you're right....it is figured of the NET! ........after ALL of their eligible expenses.....do you realize that many corps pay very little income tax, such as grocery stores.....which pay approximately 1% of the net. They are not the only ones. They collect taxes from us "taxpayers" and send that to the govt' entities........in actuality we "taxpayers" are paying the taxes due......go figure.....
WALLACE24
I have never seen a tax rate listed as 1%. When corps distribute dividends the receivers pay the tax. The only real disagreement here is what deductions they take not the rate. If we had a flat tax based off gross income then maybe people could understand. I would. But then the Feds would be exposed. Lol. Not gonna happen.
joelwiley
You might talk with Larry Ellison's accountants.
WALLACE24
Would he tell me they pay 1% of net?
joelwiley
No, just that he pays every cent due....
after they finish the paperwork. Works out the same.
WALLACE24
So you have no idea what Larry pays. I'm guessing the bulk of his income is cap gaines as opposed to ordinary income. That alone can cut your rate of tax in half. This year it's up again, now 20% but has been way lower just a couple years ago. Thats why he gets a lot of pay in stock not salary. Now Larry may be like a lot of corps and derive a lot of income out of the country and not pay any US tax on it. Our preferred GPS people, Garmin, was a Cayman Islands based corporation, now a Swiss based corp and you know why. The deductions is where he changes the liability but his RATE is the same as anyone elses. Remember, all deductions are political, courtesy of your favorite president, congressman, or senator. The IRS does not sit around and dream up these deductions to help you save taxes. Lol.
WALLACE24
I have never seen a tax rate listed as 1%. When corps distribute dividends the receivers pay the tax. The only real disagreement here is what deductions they take not the rate. If we had a flat tax based off gross income then maybe people could understand. I would. But then the Feds would be exposed. Lol. Not gonna happen.
blueashflyer
gas clowns
chalet
chalet 1
All these subsidies including those obtained by the Agriculture Lobby costing zillions of dollars a year are killing our economy and it is sickening to see that billionaires like these guys have milked their share of an stupid bonanza.
WALLACE24
Never enough, even for billionaires. Hogs at the trough. Lol
chalet
chalet 1
Cheap ba$ tar d$
joelwiley
Not cheap, just wealthy enough to buy politicians whoresale- correction- whoLesale.
grinch59
How come Microsoft, Boeing, Northrop, Donald Trump etc. are demanding equal treatment? Then of course there is Haliburton, who charged the military something like $9/gal in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Why aren't they complaining?

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tarbaby
The "Glory Days" are gone......never to return....:(
sykelkar
And I thought this only happened in India.
tarbaby
Yup, I flew as a Pilot in India.....same book....same chapter.........
djjamar
the gift for open access to all our gmails. sounds like a partnership to spy NSA, Pentagon NASA they all in bed.
andytyler
im sure NASA doesn't give a rats ass about your porn collection.
djjamar
Yea. But they love the nude photos you take of yourself in the bathroom
andytyler
only physically superior individuals are fit for the space program. They are desperate for volunteers these days.

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