Steve Jobs has granted the President an audience. Very kind of him… Now I like what Steve Jobs has accomplished. I first bought a computer from him in 1977. Now I own, or my company owns, 15 or so Macs. I have to wonder why Jobs donates to Democrats. I presume social concerns, like gay rights and abortion drive his interest, because there is nothing there on the business side. Except, perhaps, Apple is big enough now to play the crony capitalism game. That would be sad, but could well be true.
Apple designs cool stuff that it then has built in China, Malaysia, Taiwan and elsewhere around the world. Apple is not unionized. Apple plays the “double irish” tax avoidance game with a lustful glee. What could Jobs be talking to Obama about? Jobs? Apple regularly has layoffs and manufactures abroad. Education? Already wasteful. Innovation? Can’t be learned. Money? Probably – as in give me some.
I suspect it is more in the “I donated $50G, show me the man”. And the “man” came.
Btw: I showed the pictures above quite purposeful. Taken near the same point in history, they show how one makes “jobs” versus how one makes “nothing”.