Apple Succumbs To Political Pressure


One of the world’s great companies has just provided us evidence of the extent to which political maneuvering can influence an American company.  The last time Apple was occupying the front page of any news vehicle, it was defending itself against Carl Levin’s (D-MI) Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

With wide-grinning sidekick John McCain at his side, Levin led a liberal charge against Apple, accusing the largest taxpayer in the Nation of avoiding taxes on its $44 billion in earnings from overseas businesses. Levin’s words were specifically accusatory of Apple, “the real issue is the billions in taxes it has not paid.” Apple has not broken any laws and is conducting itself as everyone and every company does – it maximizes profitability and minimizes taxes.

Whenever you appear on the national stage, peered at from above by a long-sitting Senator, looking at you down his nose, over the rim of his reading glasses, it matters little what is being asked, you just look like you have done something wrong. You must be guilty.  Why else would you be dragged to a public interrogation on such a distinguished stage?

Tim Cook testified,  “We not only comply with the laws, but we comply with the spirit of the laws. We don’t depend on tax gimmicks. We don’t move intellectual property offshore and use it to sell our products back to the United States to avoid taxes. We don’t stash money on some Caribbean island. We don’t move our money from our foreign subsidiaries to fund our U.S. business in order to skirt the repatriation tax.”  

Doesn’t matter Tim, you lost, and in reality, you were just getting squeezed. The grandstanding was pathetically transparent, but the MSM was playing right along with the script and the refrain across all news channels convinced the widely dispersed flock.  The MSM also could not help itself and it ground into our percepts the recently published suspicions on the working conditions inside the Chinese manufacturing facilities spitting out iPhones and iPads by the millions.

In the hateful climate of Chicago-brand strong-arming, newly perfected by the present Administration, and being perpetrated on corporate America, how does one stop the public humiliation? How does one stem the public reaction against your brand for being so unpatriotic? How does one  react to very public extortion?

Claiming that you’re not guilty of wrongdoing and evidencing that you are a diligent citizen in good standing paying all taxes owed, has little affect on the advancing assault on your credibility. The Washington establishment and the Federal bureaucracy, emboldened by an MSM-fortified, arrogant, and vindictive Administration, have launched a never before encountered enemy, and an impossible foe against which to prosecute a war.

Tim Cook has spent his life as a corporate manager.  A loyal worker, a doer, a workaholic.  He built Apple’s unsurpassed manufacturing ‘system’ under the demanding guidance of Steve Jobs.  Cook is a foreigner to Washington politics.  On the other hand, when shareholders pressure you to perform your fiduciary duty in exchange for making you a centimillionaire, you do what you believe you have to do.  You succumb and you ingratiate yourself with the overwhelming, and very political powers threatening your future well-being.

For Tim Cook, that ingratiation will take on numerous manifestations, and currently includes the hiring of Obama’s recent head of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Lisa Jackson. Lisa who?  Well, she’s become very influential around the beltway.  And  yes, that’s the same Lisa Jackson embroiled in the multi-horned scandal now boiling at the EPA. Similar story to the IRS abuse of power – just different people and different part of the monstrous Federal bureaucracy acting very politically.

Who will this Lisa be reporting to at Apple?  Why, she’ll be reporting to Tim.  If Tim delivers enough guilt money to the right causes important to Lisa’s former bosses, she’ll open doors along Penitent Boulevard and she will guide Tim through the appropriate hallways which will eventually lead him and Apple to salvation.  Tim will see the light.  He will understand the full meaning of shakedown.

Reviewing Tim Cook’s rationalizations for the hire, and his explanations for the ‘new job,’ is very simply, . . . embarrassing.  He’s skating very obviously and uttering hollow non-sense, but he has a job to keep and he has to ensure that the company he manages walks in goose-step with demands and expectations of a politicized bureaucracy and a Washington machine bending to a regal Presidency.

Unfortunately, Apple’s new hire may have difficulty managing the company’s advance along the road to redemption as her past actions, while head of the EPA under this Administration, place her in the eye of a widening scandal.  This hiring may prove to be  Tim Cook’s version of Jumping The Shark.



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I bought my last apple product.

If I were the head of Apple I would move the entire company overseas!

Foolishness on the part of Cook and Apple. NEVER should have hired Jackson, and more companies ought to not just explain why they were breaking no laws when hauled in front of the Congress, but they ought to be a bit outraged and parallel their corporate situation with Americans in general. Start talking about the jobs you created IN SPITE OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES. Everyone in American needs to start taking a bit more of an offensive in dealing with a government who treats us all as guilty when there is no trial, no charges, no nothing. The recent IRS scandal is a great example. If all of the groups and people targeted spoke out WHEN IT HAPPENED, would things be a bit different now? I’d argue that yes it would. We Americans can get pretty indignant about false accusations, but too many are afraid of their very own government to show their indignance. Congress has an apporval rating of around 6%. Take the opportunity NOW to push back on these fools and buffons like McCain, Levin, Markey, Pelosi and the rest of the lying cheating stealing scum in our Congress. In Apple’s case, they have enough money to run commercials explaining why the Congress is hurting them from providing more jobs. Go on the attack.

The maw of government can never be filled.

I concur. If I were Apple I would move the entire company out of the US. To have congressional members, who cannot balance a budget, and a government that allows tax cheats like Geitner and that scratchy voiced scumbag Rangel to hold government positions sit there and sanctimoniously accuse a corporation that is paying the taxes the law requires them to pay as not paying the fair amount of taxes is disgusting.

Well, Apple can hardly complain after the thrashing the Obama administration gave GE for paying no taxes and… oh, wait a minute. Sorry.

Never mind.