Business, like politics, often means strange bedfellows, and combination of greed and power struggles. We see tit for tat retribution in government circles as often as we see it in business. What’s going on?
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has visited the White House a number of times to argue various cases that benefit Apple. Since California is about as blue as a U.S. state can be, it’s unlikely that much money flows to the president’s coffers from Apple. Yet, we seem Apple and other technology companies being used to achieve political agendas.
Tariff threats are bounced back and forth every day or so, and that has the technology industry in as much chaos as it does the automobile industry as it does farmers as it does the stock market.
Is the government retaliating against Apple by banning certain MacBook Pro models from U.S. flights? It happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note a few years ago. Is this ban retaliation? Or, is it the government acting in behalf of safety concerns?
Apple made over 400,000 MacBook Pro models between 2015 and 2017 that need to have their batteries replaced. Back in June Apple announced a voluntary recall for specific 15-inch MacBook Pro’s made between September 2015 and February 2017. Apple told owners to stop using their notebooks and get the batteries replaced because there is a danger they may overheat and that could cause a fire.
Again, is this a safety move? Or, is the ban retaliation; a shot across the bow to Apple?
The way things are going these days I am no longer sure if the government– and politicians we elect– operate in the public’s best interest. The president’s tariffs are coming– for now; things change daily– for Macs, AirPods, Watch, and other Apple products, and what many voters and customers do not understand is that China– the origin for many of Apple’s goods– does not pay those tariffs. U.S. citizens pay tariffs in the form of higher prices.
Politics has become too much about rattling swords than it has about caring for the entire population, regardless of the color of votes.