A Congressional committee invited Apple executives to tell them about their overseas money being kept out of the US offshore. The committee was concerned about corporations keeping money offshore because the corporate income tax would be 35% of profits that would be brought into the US. That's about the percentage an executive or other upper middle class worker would pay every year.
The Apple executive said he was proud to pay all the taxes due. However, he's willling to wait for Congress to give him welfare by lowering the tax rate to half that of a low-paid worker. McCain and others want to help them out by only taxing them less than 10%. That leaves good lobby money for Congressmen and moves the market up or down so their managed assets are made profitable in hedge funds. That also makes it worthwhile to continue using cheap labor overseas. If Congress made a law, as some suggest, that the difference between the 35% rate and the 10% rate must be used to hire workers inside the US, that could make sense.
The facts are more like Apple is a Chinese manufacturer that sends goods from China to be distributed and sold around the world, including the US. They are actually a foreign manufacturer. If they indeed sent their profits into the US, that would make it expensive enough to hire US workers in US plants to make those goods; which would help solve the unemployment problem in the US. As a foreign manufacturer, they shouldn't be permitted to influence politics.
What incentive is there for Apple to send their profits to the US? Do the distribution and sales executives need bigger bonuses, so they can invest in the Chinese market that Apple is influencing? What possible motive can there be for foreign manufacturers to send any profits into the US? They'd be much better off investing in new overseas facilities so there's no profit to send to the US to be taxed. ANY profit on the books to be taxed by a nation is a waste of profit, unless stock market investments are spurred by it. Those stocks can be better sold overseas.