Hi Everyone;While I admire Steve Jobs and his accomplishments we have to take a deeper look at the company, Apple, and see what kind of manufacturing ethics it has used in other countries. Sometimes we view great success as being the ultimate accomplishment but we don't see the people who are being used and manipulated to achieve that success because they are out of our sight. We do have fairly good worker's protection in the US, not perfect, but this has been accomplished over time and it is a fundamental condition to employment here that we should not take for granted. Thus, it is more expensive to do business in the US. I know this from being in the food business which is highly regulated for worker safety and public consumption safety.The reason we have manufacturing overseas is that companies can circumvent fair pay, safe working conditions, all the normal things we take for granted in the US. There has to be some middle ground where we can bring jobs back to the US. This may mean lower wages in some cases, but at least people would be working. We are going to have to invent new jobs to do here and we may have to work for less money. We are undergoing a global readjustment now and Americans are just going to have to consume less of the world's resources as a result. Our garages are full of unused crap anyway, most of it made overseas.
PMy daughter, Shannon's, comments below. Above link was forwarded to me by my grandson, Michael."I hate to be the wet blanket, but the conditions of the Chinese workers who make Apple products are so deplorable that they actually have been committing suicide. Also, Apple used public employees (i.e., the police) to illegally break into the apartment of a man accused of misplacing the prototype to the iPhone (regardless of whether or not the guy actually committed wrongdoing, we are supposed to have this thing called “the Rule of Law” and constitutional protections against warrantless searches). The fact is, people like Steve Jobs made their money on the backs of others and behind pretty much all of these American Dream stories is a tale of market manipulation, corporate thuggery, worker enslavement, and greed. Most multinational corporations would not have been so successful without taxpayer subsidies, a revolving door from government to corporate jobs (i.e., people who work in government and then are conveniently offered awesome jobs by the corporations that they helped while in office), the inequitable and exploitative globalized business model, a State Department that is using taxpayer dollars to advocate for private business interests all over the world (as recently disclosed by Wikileaks), the offshoring of American jobs (facilitating the devastation of the American middle class), non-unionized and inhumane working conditions for people who are so desperate that they either work for these companies or don’t work at all, resource theft (otherwise known as “fighting for our freedom”) and other heinous practices that have nothing to do with the “free market.”I’m not saying that Steve Jobs personally was an evil person, but he was an enabler of the corrupt system that is now being protested by thousands of people on Wall Street and elsewhere all over the country."Shannon Grasso--To Your Wholeness,