Framing the Dialogue

Job’s Jobs Jabs

One of the things that I struggle with is the thought process of liberals.  I have friends and family who share this affliction (being liberal) and knowing them as I do I cannot understand their thought process regarding liberal issues/alters.  I really have tried to listen, to understand, to plot the way they think, a process that usually ends with my being frustrated and cutting off the conversation to avoid bad feelings. 

Perhaps the quintessential example illustrating my frustration is the recent “quotes” from the soon-to-be-released biography on Apple’s Steve Jobs.  Revered by virtually all for his contributions to technology and his leadership to one of America’s most iconic corporations…yes Apple is a CORPORATION!  Here are some of the excerpts attributed to Jobs;

“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” Jobs told Obama in a meeting last year where he asserted that the White House needed to be more friendly toward business.”

“regulations and unnecessary costs” put the United States at a competitive disadvantage with China, where companies can build factories more cheaply.”

“the education system was “crippled by union work rules”

“Jobs also suggested that Obama meet with several other CEOs who could talk about the needs of innovative firms, but in a characteristic huff, Jobs declared his intention to skip the event when the White House added additional names to the list. Jobs also objected to the menu of that meeting, telling a venture capitalist that shrimp, cod and lentil salad was “far too fancy” and objecting to a chocolate truffle dessert. The White House overruled him, according to the book, citing the president’s fondness for cream pie.”

Jobs refused to attend the meeting, but reportedly talked with Obama over the phone.  Jobs’ comments could just as easily be heard from the mouths of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the non-RINO Republican candidates.  The comments mirror the frustration held by many free market capitalists as they look at this White House and liberalism in general.  The article ends with a statement that exasperates me…

“Jobs talked with Obama on the phone several times after that, according to Isaacson, and later offered to help with the creation of political ads for Obama’s 2012 campaign.”

How does an industrialist, capitalist, entrepreneur, inventor offer to help perhaps the most anti-industrialist, anti-capitalist, most anti-entrepreneurial president ever?  What is the thought process of such a brilliant mind to support someone with whom he seems to share so little in common regarding the direction America is being pushed? 

Count me as one perplexed conservative.

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