Perhaps Apple’s late visionary CEO really could see the future.
“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” Jobs told Obama in a meeting last year where he asserted that the White House needed to be more friendly toward business, according to the Huffington Post, which obtained a copy of the Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming book, “Steve Jobs.”
Jobs also told Obama that “regulations and unnecessary costs” put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with China, where companies can build factories more cheaply.
The recently deceased Jobs also told Obama that the education system was “crippled by union work rules,” according to Isaacson. Jobs proposed principals be able to hire and hire teachers based on merit, and to extend the length of both the school day and year.
None of this makes Steve Jobs a late convert to conservatism. It just makes him sane. He also practiced what he preached. Apple has stayed away from unionization and has grown its business through innovation, identifying emerging markets and then finding ways to dominate them, and through changing the way we view technology. Apple is a great American success story, while the Obama administration is an economic fail.