The new biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, which is not exactly official but with which Jobs cooperated in every way possible, has some revelations which might not sit too well with some of his fans who are manning the barricades at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan (or manning the barricades in their own heads as the case may be).
For one, Steve Jobs invited hated media magnate Rupert Murdoch to dinner at his house, not once but twice.
For another, he told President Barack Obama that “regulations and unnecessary costs” were disadvantaging the United States as a place to do business, versus (communist) China. He also told Obama that the U.S. education system was “crippled by union work rules.” Always the radical, he is said to have believed that teachers ought to be hired and fired based on their abilities and performance!
It is not currently being reported how President Obama verbally responded to Jobs’ advice, but in practice he clearly ignored and dismissed it. Steve Jobs, of-course, was not alone among Obama’s fans in possessing the naïveté to think that this president was actually interested in pursuing helpful solutions to the country’s disastrous economic problems, as opposed to advancing his ideological ambitions regardless of the cost to ordinary people.