The Silicon Valley Mercury’s Scott Herhold argues, “We can cheer that Apple has garnered so much profit putting out good products that please so many people. But you have to thank Murphy for raising the hard question: What happens to the public while we celebrate?”
“Murphy” refers to De Anza College (public institution) president M. Brian Murphy, as Herhold reports,
When The New York Times did a big piece last weekend on Apple’s tax strategy, the voice of the public sector was De Anza College President Brian Murphy, whose campus is a stone’s throw from Apple.
Murphy saw Apple’s tax policies — which could loosely be defined as keeping the bill low and lower — as symptomatic of the unfolding crisis in funding public education.
“I just don’t understand it,” he said. “I’ll bet every person at Apple has a connection with De Anza. Their kids swim in our pool. Their cousins take classes here. They drive past it every day for Pete’s sake.
“But then they do everything they can to pay as few taxes as possible,” he told the Times. . . .
“The real question is what kind of tax policy should the state have?” said Murphy, who recently sent a memo to the faculty saying De Anza was facing a potential death spiral. “It’s not about Apple as a unique corporation.”
If you can’t sniff out classic leftist, envy-driven, “tax the rich, “spread the wealth around” class warfare in this, you were probably educated at a public college.
Of course it’s not about Apple as a unique corporation. It’s about Apple as a rich corporation, and De Anza as a failing leftist tax leach.
When liberals see a pile of cash that someone else generated, they just can’t help thinking up some thinly-veneered lie in order to justify taking some of it to fund their own unproductive, unmarketable “services”. The most common of these schemes is education. Thus Murphy can complain:
“The question is, what is the tax system through which they pay for the public services they use? . . . And what is the larger benefit that comes from a well-educated people?”
Ironically, a Google protégé told me the other day that Google does not like to hire people after college; the company prefers to hire talented young people and train them itself. The college degree more often than not trains the kid in ways that must be unlearned before they’re productive. I suspect Apple and Microsoft have long since learned this lesson, too.
So much for “well-educated” being the assumed result of the public education.
Herhold himself admits, “I have covered government too long to suppose that community colleges haven’t wasted money. Like many public entities, they are adapting to a new and painful world.”
Yes, and the pain comes from realizing the liberal-infused model of education can’t compete in a free marketplace. But liberals don’t want freedom. They want to keep their overpriced jobs and shift the pain onto the backs of other productive people.