Re: Bandwagon anyone?
What we're seeing is simply governments getting desperate for more $$$ tax revenue so they can continue their ruinous ways with excessive spending. They see the political drawbacks in directly taxing voters, so they are scrabbling to find ways to tax people without all the noobs knowing that they're being taxed.
This is so they can continue to play the generousity card, like "we're so generous giving you (insert special interest/victim/minority of some sort name as selected target of the month) all this money" without saying that it is so easy to look generous when giving away other peoples money.
Because, companies don't "pay" the tax in the end, people pay taxes. So tax Apple (say) more, and some combination of customers, employees, and shareholders actually end up paying.
You're all being fleeced, but because it's indirect you seem to think that you're not actually paying. It's a good trick while there are so many ignorant voters out there.