Everyone is so busy hailing Steve Jobs as some legendary figure, but he’s not. He’s a perfect symbol of what’s wrong with this country. Apple designs nifty gadgets. Apple relied upon American ingenuity, innovation and intellectual capital to create its products and create an empire….then it ships all the jobs…and all the hard fought technology to China. That’s nothing to boast about…that’s treason…. From a story in today’s St. Petersburg Times:
But its pods, pads and phones are all assembled in China by Foxconn, a Taiwanese-owned contractor that employs close to a million people, at least 250,000 of whom work solely on Jobs’ creations. Until last year, when a wave of worker suicides and labor unrest forced Foxconn to raise wages and cut hours, the men and women who make the stuff America loves worked 60-hour weeks at roughly 50 cents an hour.