One of the world’s great companies 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.
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.