“The Devil went down to Georgia,
He was looking for a soul to steal
He was in a bind, ’cause he was way behind,
He was willing to make a deal”
Apple, whose coterie of skinned knee sycophant cheerleader bloggers have insisted pays every penny of tax it owes is about to pay $38,000,000,000 to the US Treasury.
It’s a start.
Do not back down. Keep this pressure on. Values equal profits. Let’s make this so for the biggest most profitable corporation in the world. We value companies that pay their fair share of taxes, who keep jobs in America — and who absolutely do not outsource manufacturing of the world’s most profitable product to an anti-democratic country that outlaws anonymity and freedom on the web.
Apple is bringing billions from its cash horde back into the US and this is good, but not nearly enough. America — American consumers — must stop subsidizing the rest of the world with our money and innovation.
As part of its first step toward making good to the country that birthed it, Apple says it will also build a second headquarters here, likely in Austin, Texas. Apple says it will also boost funding to advanced manufacturing in the US — a meager $5 billion.
Stop handing over precious IP to China.
Stop using American consumers as product beta testers — who pay full price.
Build American manufacturing.
We must demand better from Apple — just as we should all corporations.
Also: we must demand of ourselves to be better than only consumers.