“‘The reality is that government, for a long period of time, has for whatever set of reasons become less functional and isn’t working at the speed that it once was. And so it does fall, I think, not just on business but on all other areas of society to step up,'” Andrew Ross Sorkin reports for The New York Times. “That was Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, across the table from me over breakfast here in downtown Austin late last week at the end of a mini-tour across the country during which he focused on topics usually reserved for politicians: manufacturing, jobs and education.”

“As Mr. Cook’s breakfast arrived — two scrambled egg whites, crispy bacon (they didn’t have his preferred turkey bacon), sugar-free cereal with unsweetened almond milk — he described his week, punctuated by a visit the night before to the L.B.J. Presidential Library, the museum of President Lyndon B. Johnson,” Sorkin reports. “‘One of the things that hits you,’ he said, is ‘all of the major acts, legislation, that happened during just his presidency.’ His eyes widened as he listed some: ‘You have the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Act, you have Medicare, you have Medicaid, you have several national parks, you have Head Start, you have housing discrimination, you have jury discrimination… Regardless of your politics,’ he continued, ‘you look at it and say, ‘My gosh.””

“Mr. Cook’s comments weren’t a dig at President Trump so much as they were a critique of Washington’s seemingly perpetual state of gridlock,” Sorkin reports. “As we finished up breakfast… I mentioned a question that some in Silicon Valley and elsewhere have asked: Is his focus on jobs and speeches in front of American flags a hint at something bigger? After all, Mark Zuckerberg’s name is now regularly bandied about in discussions of potential presidential candidates. ‘I have a full-time job,’ Mr. Cook said. ‘I appreciate the compliment,’ he added with a wry look, ‘if it is a compliment.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: There are far worse things than gridlock.

Gridlock is what our system is designed for.Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, October 6, 2011

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? — James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788

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