In 2010, General Electric (GE) reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion. Their profits within the United States were $5.1 billion.
Their US corporate tax burden? Nothing.
Actually, less than nothing. In 2010, GE claimed a net $3.2 billion tax credit.
Through some incredibly creative (and probably legal) accounting, and a bit of forum shopping and aggressive lobbying, GE is able to avoid paying taxes, and instead take your tax money and put it into its own pockets. Their in house tax department is widely considered to be the greatest tax law firm in the world. They get to eliminate their taxes without having to further inflate some white shoe firm's profits per partner.
As an attorney, you can reach the top of an incredibly difficult and complex practice, and still contribute nothing worthwhile to society. Not hard to see why the profession has lost much of its respect and prestige. How long is it until Dilbert goes to law school?