Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Technology With Senator Orrin Hatch During Washington, D.C. Trip
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with at least one U.S. senator to discuss technology policy during a trip to Washington, D.C. this week, reports The Hill. According to the report, Cook sat down with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force.
Cook apparently met with Hatch to discuss the senator's innovation agenda for the upcoming 114th Congress, which is scheduled to convene in January 2015. The pro-research and innovation plan addresses several critical technology issues including patent trolls, company trade secrets, and more.
Sen. Hatch, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, laid out a plan to ensure that the United States continues to foster an environment that encourages research and innovation by addressing abusive patent litigation, protecting trade secrets, modernizing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, strengthening cybersecurity, reforming immigration policy for high-skilled workers, reducing regulatory and tax burdens for innovators, and removing barriers to digital trade.
Details of the conversation were not made available, nor is it known whether Cook met with any other senators during his D.C. trip. On Monday, the Apple CEO, along with (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan, dropped by a Georgetown Apple Store in the city to mark World AIDS Day and Apple's contributions toward the (RED) campaign. Both Cook and Dugan tweeted photos from the visit.
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"Sen. Hatch, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force..."
1. Its nice that only 54 of those "Bills PASSED" ware pointless attempts to kill obamacare...:mad:
2. read up on your Socialism...
I doubt Tim Cook could stand to be in the same room with California's two odious Senators.
*buzzer* WRONG. If you make less than around 70k abroad you don't have to pay US tax, above that you do. So yes there is double taxation.
Obama is center right, not liberal and certainly not socialist. A Socialist would have given us single payer healthcare and overturned the 2005 Republican Bankruptcy Law that made all student loans both public and private a lifetime debt.
There's definitely a pattern there. Remember how a couple of years ago Mitt and his friends were complaining because 47% of Americans were not paying income taxes and therefore (ignoring all other taxes) didn't "have skin in the game"? That was because of the Earned Income Credit-- which was a Republican idea, the concept being that it was an incentive for people to get off welfare and instead work for low wages-- a Republican alternative to welfare. Which, of course, they deny, as it is helping all those lazy "takers."
Then there were all the incentives to help relatively low-income families get mortgages. This was a great idea-- out of the Reagan administration. The idea being that home ownership would give people incentives to fix up their property, and would help to make low-income neighborhoods cleaner and safer. Again, now disavowed by today's Republicans.
Of course, the core concepts of Obamacare came out of a Heritage Foundation paper, which was then implemented by the same Mitt Romney. Now, if you want to be amused, you should look up the history of statements by the Heritage author, as he increasingly disavows his ownership over time-- it's actually quite funny if you trace this.
There used to be a time, not that long ago, that Republicans (and conservative Republicans!!!) actually believes that government could and should help poor people through active policies. The distinctiveness was that they believed big money should not just be thrown at the poor via big government bureaucracies but should be carefully targeted to support clever programs designed to leverage market forces. Now, the Republicans are overrun by people who believe in a pseudo "philosophy", invented by a science fiction writer (ironically an atheist), that low income people are lazy, shiftless parasites for whom poverty is just and deserved.
For better or for worse, depending on one's point of view, Obama is quite the opposite of a socialist president. I'm not sure that's even possible in US politics (or indeed most of Western Europe) given the near universal attachment to neo-liberal free market ideology. Whatever one's leanings, it seems there are certain universal truths to modern 'Western democracies', and that's one of them.