Outrage in D.C. is quite selective

Some champions of the free market insist Congress simply can’t abide with success. They say that is why so many lawmakers want to increase taxes on corporate initiatives that result in profits.

Most of the time, outrage over big business is quite selective. Take gripes from a group of both Republican and Democrat lawmakers about Apple Inc. They agreed company representatives should be summoned before Congress to explain why the company, which paid nearly $6 billion in U.S. taxes last year, isn’t coughing up more.


But why has similar outrage not been heard about General Electric, which in 2010 paid just $1 billion in local, state and federal taxes?

Last year, the firm paid $4.2 billion. Yet despite what GE itself terms aggressive policies to lessen its tax bill – legally – few in Washington seem upset about it.

Everyone, individuals and corporations alike, ought to pay their fair share. But selective outrage in Washington often amounts to no more than, you guessed it, politics.