Lawmakers around the world must agree not to compete by offering relative tax advantages that hurt everyone.But in an October 7 editorial about the beer industry, they wrote:
if corporate deal makers have their way, there will be even less competition...Consolidation on this scale leads to higher prices and fewer choices.Apple employs thousands of people in Ireland. If Ireland can tax Apple at a low rate and raise enough money to run its government, why is it a concern of the New York Times, or anyone else? If the United States wants to tax Apple's activities in the United States, it certainly can. If Ireland can provide the extra government services needed to accommodate Apple less expensively than the United States can, then it is best for Apple to operate in Ireland.
Governments can be inefficient and wasteful. They sometimes tax too much and provide too little. Competition between political parties for government control is not always enough to improve the situation; sometimes competition between governments is needed.
In the case of beer, the Times understands that competition is a good thing. Of course, when I look at the store shelves in my local supermarket I see an amazing number of beer choices, and this week's CVS flyer advertises a 30-pack of 12 ounce cans of Miller High Life for $17.99. I doubt that the New York Times editorial writers have any idea that folks in the provinces pay 60 cents for a 12 ounce beer, since they are probably paying $15 for 12 ounces of Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal Saison, with a "floral, citrusy hop character, a subtle herbal note and a tart finish."
In the market the Times complains doesn't have enough competition I see low prices and plenty of choices, but in the market they think is too competitive the situation is just the opposite. I wish that on April 15 I had the choice and value that is available in a supermarket beer aisle .