Mercury News’ Cassidy: Let’s tap Apple’s genius for public works

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MacDailyNews Take: The real question of government versus private enterprise is argued on too philosophical and abstract a basis. Theoretically, planning may be good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity and until they do (and find the cure) all ideal plans will fall into quicksand. – Richard Feynman (What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character, pages 90-91)

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  1. This is a stupid article. This has absolutely nothing to do with ‘public works’ projects. This is about Apple identifying a location for their store and spending the dough to get people in the door (whey they spend money on Apple products). The fact that they spruced up a subway station is incidental. This is Capitalism 101.

    IMO, Apple would be horrible at public works projects. They don’t listen to anyone but themselves and don’t care what the critics say. Name a recent public works project that did not get designed by a committee and tried to do please everyone in the community?

  2. This is a stupid article. This has absolutely nothing to do with ‘public works’ projects. This is about Apple identifying a location for their store and spending the dough to get people in the door (whey they spend money on Apple products). The fact that they spruced up a subway station is incidental. This is Capitalism 101.

    IMO, Apple would be horrible at public works projects. They don’t listen to anyone but themselves and don’t care what the critics say. Name a recent public works project that did not get designed by a committee and tried to do please everyone in the community?

  3. People who say things like this are so annoying. “Gee, maybe Apple should make cars!”

    “Forget big Government…” blah blah.

    Apple is a business. Government is what it is, a monster that produces nothing, only confiscates. It has no need to do things well. Mediocrity, even sub-mediocrity will suffice. You have a problem with what Government produces, it will simply confiscate more.

    Its a bad day for me and government. A few months ago, Verizon came through the neighborhood, and in 2 days, ripped the street apart, installed fiber and god knows what, put it all back together, smoothed it over, not potholes, beautiful work. Street never looked that good.

    Over the last two weeks there was a leak. Government came in tore up a little chunk of street each day. Union workers put up signs, hung out mostly, talked, made sure they were gone by 3.

    Street is still in shambles, and oh yeah, they cut the fiber accidentally, and no estimate as to when they will be finished.

    Gee. Maybe we should have Apple fix the street.

  4. People who say things like this are so annoying. “Gee, maybe Apple should make cars!”

    “Forget big Government…” blah blah.

    Apple is a business. Government is what it is, a monster that produces nothing, only confiscates. It has no need to do things well. Mediocrity, even sub-mediocrity will suffice. You have a problem with what Government produces, it will simply confiscate more.

    Its a bad day for me and government. A few months ago, Verizon came through the neighborhood, and in 2 days, ripped the street apart, installed fiber and god knows what, put it all back together, smoothed it over, not potholes, beautiful work. Street never looked that good.

    Over the last two weeks there was a leak. Government came in tore up a little chunk of street each day. Union workers put up signs, hung out mostly, talked, made sure they were gone by 3.

    Street is still in shambles, and oh yeah, they cut the fiber accidentally, and no estimate as to when they will be finished.

    Gee. Maybe we should have Apple fix the street.

  5. “But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity and until they do (and find the cure) all ideal plans will fall into quicksand. – Richard Feynman”

    Nobody has figured out the cause of private sector stupidity either. Both can be equally stupid.

    The government is simply a reflection of ourselves. We can act like we don’t own it but we do. The private sector is no better.

    Life is imperfect. Deal with it.

  6. “But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity and until they do (and find the cure) all ideal plans will fall into quicksand. – Richard Feynman”

    Nobody has figured out the cause of private sector stupidity either. Both can be equally stupid.

    The government is simply a reflection of ourselves. We can act like we don’t own it but we do. The private sector is no better.

    Life is imperfect. Deal with it.

  7. You want to know what’s wrong with government? The candidates running to replace them are bigger idiots, have less integrity and are willing to lie, cheat and steal to get into office than those in office already. Look at the panoply of human disfunction, anti-intellectualism and pure malice amongst the tea party scumbags.

    Hard to believe, but until people with smarts and integrity decide to run for office there is little hope. Both parties MUST purge themselves of the sociopaths, misanthropes and radical fundamentalist ideologues of all political persuasions and let the moderates take control.

  8. You want to know what’s wrong with government? The candidates running to replace them are bigger idiots, have less integrity and are willing to lie, cheat and steal to get into office than those in office already. Look at the panoply of human disfunction, anti-intellectualism and pure malice amongst the tea party scumbags.

    Hard to believe, but until people with smarts and integrity decide to run for office there is little hope. Both parties MUST purge themselves of the sociopaths, misanthropes and radical fundamentalist ideologues of all political persuasions and let the moderates take control.

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