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  Washington State.  If you live in WA, you pay sales tax when ordering from Amazon.  Amazon is not incorporated in other states, thus they don't have to collect sales tax in those states.  Apple is (presumably) incorporated in all 50 states.  Thus, you pay sales tax anytime you buy from Apple.  And, by law you're supposed to pay sales tax on those untaxed Internet purchases from Amazon, etc. too.  But I doubt many (any?) of us do!
  I don't think you can say that self-regulation has been proven not to work.  You might be right, of course, but we've never had a truly free market in which to test the concept.  The problems we're dealing with now are the result of little or no regulation in some sectors, but if you're over-regulating some areas and under-regulating others, that's not a free market.
  Not just that, he wants to force everyone to invest in the same terrible investment scheme, the government.  And how is that working these days?  Trillions in debt, one of the the worst education systems among "first world" countries, much higher crime rates than other "first world" countries...   But we can build more weapons and drop more bombs than anyone!  We don't have money for our own people, but we're more than happy to take tax dollars and spread them around...
  And it does.  But it's not taking advantage of our power grid, roads, infrastructure, etc. when it sells a product in France.  So why should it pay taxes in the US on the sale of that product?  The majority of Apple employees are not just educated here in the US, they live here.  So they pay US taxes too.  As does Apple on all of its profits here.
  I'm not sure I agree that there's a correlation between tax and happiness in these countries.  There are quite a few other factors that I'd consider before assuming people in these countries are happier because they pay higher taxes.   First, all of these countries are quite small population-wise.  That makes it possible for government to offer more/better services.  These countries are all pretty culturally homogenous too, not the melting pot that is the US.  It's a...
  What's your point?  This has nothing to do with Apple or being "innovative."  Amazon's operations are in Washington State.  It is required to collect sales tax there.  California is now requiring all online merchants to collect sales tax I believe (correct me if I'm wrong).  Otherwise, out of state Amazon shoppers are not charged sales tax by Amazon.  They are required by law to pay sales tax to their respective states, but no one does (obviously).   Apple has...
I couldn't agree more. Election spending has jumped from 2 billion last year to 6 billion this year. It's disgusting. The last thing we need to do is feed the beast!Furthermore, these are FOREIGN profits. Apple pays its taxes in the US. All of its design, R&D, etc is done here. Its employees pay taxes here. It pays property taxes and generates sales tax revenue here - all over the country. Why is the US government entitled to a huge chunk of Apple's foreign earnings? ...
And they don't pay any taxes on the profits from the sale of those goods, right? The sale of those goods generates no sales tax either, right?
Too little, too late. But this is Microsoft after all and they're not afraid to pump cash into a loser...until it's a winner. The only reason I can think that anyone would buy this is because that person simply doesn't want an iPad. But give it a few revisions and that may no longer be the case. And let's not forget business customers. Yes, they embraced the iPad but they're almost all still running Windows on the desktop. Once Microsoft gives them a really well...
I'd say he got quite far. MacOS X is, at its core, NEXTSTEP. Why do you think everything in Xcode starts with NS? NeXT technology built iOS. NeXT was a decade+ ahead of anything else out there. It was also prohibitively expensive. They were stunning machines! Jobs was a true believer and he did everything he could to keep NeXT going, even shutting down his beloved hardware operation and transitioning to a software company. I sure would have liked to see the PPC NeXT...
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