Apple’s largest individual shareholder, Carl Icahn, endorses Donald Trump for U.S. President

“In a video and interview publishing Tuesday, Carl Icahn shares Donald Trump’s criticism of the U.S.’s failure to overhaul taxation and immigration and raise interest rates,” Beth Jinks reports for Bloomberg. “Icahn backs Trump’s calls to end carried-interest loopholes and rules that encourage corporations to relocate overseas and avoid repatriating profits.”

I would say it’s an endorsement. I think at this moment in time, he’s the only candidate that speaks out about the country’s problems. I’m behind Trump. I disagree on certain points I don’t want to get into, I’m sure those can be worked out, but the basic thing is, you need somebody that can get things going in Congress, and I think he can do it. You need somebody that understands business, and I think he understands it. — Carl Icahn

Full article here.

“The 79-year old investor is Apple’s largest individual shareholder,” Brendan Coffey reports for Bloomberg. “He owns 10.6 million shares in his personal investment vehicle, High River, and another 37.6 million through an 89 percent stake in publicly traded Icahn Enterprises.”

“With a current net worth of $22.6 billion, Icahn is the 33rd-richest person on earth,” Coffey reports. “That’s enough to buy about 1.3 million of the priciest Apple Watch.”

MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of who’s endorsing whom for what, U.S. corporate taxes are obviously too high.

Under the current U.S. corporate tax system, it would be very expensive to repatriate that cash. Unfortunately, the tax code has not kept up with the digital age. The tax system handicaps American corporations in relation to our foreign competitors who don’t have such constraints on the free flow of capital… Apple has always believed in the simple, not the complex. You can see it in our products and the way we conduct ourselves. It is in this spirit that we recommend a dramatic simplification of the corporate tax code. This reform should be revenue neutral, eliminate all corporate tax expenditures, lower corporate income tax rates and implement a reasonable tax on foreign earnings that allows the free flow of capital back to the U.S. We make this recommendation with our eyes wide open, realizing this would likely increase Apple’s U.S. taxes. But we strongly believe such comprehensive reform would be fair to all taxpayers, would keep America globally competitive and would promote U.S. economic growth.Apple CEO Tim Cook, May 21, 2013

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  1. Funny that such a technologically advanced and liberal company would attract two of the most ignorant and right wing dicks on the planet – Limbaugh and Icahn.

    1. Yea, the Democrats have failed to destroy $16 Trillion and murder 300,000 innocent civilians in illegal wars. All the Dems have done is end the Bush Depression and restorer the jobs Bush destroyed. And the Dems have failed to sell America to Halliburton, a company sold Saudi Arabia by Criminal Cheney.

      1. The Great Recession was caused by the mortgage meltdown — a product of Democrat policies of forcing institutions to lend to people who could not repay. Only a low information voter would blame it on Bush.

        1. I agree, it wasn’t Bush’s fault. But it wasn’t the average homeowner trying to buy a starter house, either.

          It was the giant banks and brokerage houses, which packed risky mortgages into bundles and sold them to investors as high-grade investments, at the same time BETTING AGAINST THEIR OWN INVESTMENT PRODUCTS on the side.

          1. While Bush didn’t cause the housing bubble he did sit around eight years while it grew and only took action when it popped at the end of his presidency.

            There is blame to go around for it, but absolving the president who sat through the entire thing from beginning to end makes no sense.

            Bush deserves as much blame as anyone for what happened.

  2. hey, mdn,

    time to take a close look at your star rating system, at the moment it seems rigged to go backwards.

    i voted a 5 on three separate comments, none of which were, shall we say ,supportive of either trump or icahn, only to see the overall rating go down by a fraction of a star rather than remain the same or incrementally increase.

    something is goofy here

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