Apple Inc. revolutionized desktop computing—and then tablet computing—with its user-friendly operating systems and hardware interfaces now mimicked throughout the industry. Apple revolutionized the telephone industry with its touch-screen iPhone, a product that immediately became the benchmark for Apple’s competitors. Apple revolutionized the music industry with iTunes, a music player and online music store where customers can easily purchase and download a vast and ever-increasing array of music. And on and on.
Apple is one of America’s greatest success stories. The company has radically improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the globe—“half of all U.S. households own at least one Apple product”—and has earned massive profits doing so. Had Apple never existed, the state of computer technology would not be anywhere near the quality it is today, nor would our daily lives be as productive or as enjoyable as they are.
How does the U.S. government respond to Apple’s showering the world with goods, wealth, technology, jobs, examples, inspiration, and so much more? The government relentlessly assaults the company.
Politicians, bureaucrats, and judges who have never and could never produce even a miniscule fraction of the goods Apple has produced—government officials who are not competent to work at Apple except perhaps as janitors or the like—respond to Apple’s massively life-serving productivity by attacking the company for being successful and for obeying tax laws. . . .