New York has a unique blend of politics and business and when the two come together strange things happen. By most accounts, Michael Bloomberg (the one with a few billion dollars) was a decent mayor for New York. By most accounts, Donald Trump has a few billion dollars and he’s willing to spend some of it to run the country. What could go wrong?
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So far, politics circa 2016 has been somewhat of a role reversal. Barring the unforeseen, Hillary Clinton likely will experience smooth sailing into the Democratic nomination. Wasn’t it supposed to be the Democrats who couldn’t agree on anything? These days it’s the Republicans. One thing we can agree on is Donald Trump’s impact on politics could spill over into business.
I know what you’re thinking; “Kate, stay out of politics. Focus on Apple.” I’m sorry. I just can’t resist this one.
Donald Trump has said a number of bombastic things so far in the 2016 campaign for the presidency, but the latest is more intriguing if you’re an unemployed Mac, iPhone, or iPad user, or you’re an Apple customer interested in getting a good job in the tech sector.
Mr. Trump says he will force Apple to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and, ever the protectionist, he plans to slap a huge tariff on imports from China to make sure Apple has the proper incentive.
Here’s his list. More military spending. Giant walls to prohibit illegals from entering the country. And a tax scheme so demanding that companies like Apple will flee China and start making Macs, iPhones, and iPads and whatever else they make there, in the good old U.S. of A. instead.
We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.
The thrice married Trump said that to students and supporters at the religious school Liberty University. Trump is also on record as a “free trader” so I’m not sure if he fully understands that humongous tariffs on Apple and American products made in China isn’t exactly what “free traders” dream of at night, but that’s a separate issue. If Trump has his way then Apple’s slice of the technology sector in the U.S. might get a huge jump in jobs as the company is forced to bring manufacturing back to America.
That is, if unemployment doesn’t go up first as technology companies flee the country.
There are many reasons why China has become a giant source for technology manufacturing and low cost highly skilled labor is just one of them. Of course, Trump does not explain how he would get Congress to rubber stamp his tariff proposals. Congress is a mixture of Republicans and Democrats who don’t agree on much, but one thing many of them agree upon is that Trump as President would make the United States a much more interesting place.
Apple bashing has been a sport in the technology industry for a few decades, and now the infection has spread from members of the technorati elite politburo to the elected politburo.
I want to think that all this politically seasoned Apple bashing is just election year rhetoric, but politics in the U.S. hasn’t been normal for many elections, and all that is riding on this one scares me, more so if Apple is forced to unlock the iPhone for the government, and build products in a land where a free trade leader demands huge tariffs if U.S. companies don’t toe the government line.