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Former SF mayor suggests Occupy movement target Apple

updated 03:40 pm EST, Mon December 19, 2011

Apple exporting US jobs, says Brown

Members of the Occupy protest movement should target companies like Apple, rather than protest at places like the docks in Oakland, California, says former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown. On Sunday the San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial by Brown, in which he accused the Occupy movement of hurting the 99 percent in the form of dock workers and truck drivers. "If the Occupy people really want to make a point about the 1 percent, then lay off Oakland and go for the real money down in Silicon Valley," the column reads.

"The folks who work on the docks in Oakland or drive the trucks in and out of the port are all part of the 99 percent. They take our goods from all over the state and export them," Brown continues. "The only thing those cats down at Apple are exporting are our jobs. Then they have the nerve to ask for tax breaks, and Washington obliges."

Apple relies heavily on foreign labor, mostly in the form of contracted suppliers and manufacturers from places like China, Taiwan, and Japan. It has also has a history of enjoying tax breaks, and recently argued that it should keep more repatriated cash despite crippling US budget problems.

Brown also charges the Occupy movement with hypocrisy. "If Occupy wants to make a real statement, it ought to pick on a real target," he concludes. "But then, it might prove a bit embarrassing. From what I've seen, half those Occu-cats have iPhones and iPads."




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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Once again...

    ...the 1% doesn't understand what the Occupy movement is about.

  1. thebroz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +20

    Occupy movement

    NOBODY understands what the occupy movement is about, including those IN the occupy movement.

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  1. donmontalvo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -33

    Nail hit squarely on the head

    As much as I hate to admit it, Apple is as guitly as anyone when it comes to destroying the middle class.

    Don Montalvo, TX

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +33

    Crook!

    And is anyone going to take the advice of an unconvicted crook like Willie Brown?

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  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -13

    Tax Holiday

    I was really disappointed to learn that Apple supports the tax holiday for repatriating overseas profits. Apple has huge sums of cash on-hand, and can certainly afford to pay its fair share. Trying to weasel out of that is unbecoming.

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  1. facebook_Chris

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    Joined: Dec 2011

    -14

    yea... like thats going to happen!

    Good luck trying to tell this to those hipster-iphone-clad occupiers! they would never stop supporting their mother fruit!

  1. Greengo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +28

    Sorry Willie

    You obviously don't get it...I guess if Steve Jobs paid himself millions and millions of dollars in Salary, he might have a point. But Jobs didn't do that he based his pay on the job/company performance and Apple never asked to be bailed out by the tax payers. Besides Apple is a public company...which brings us right back to Wallstreet and Wallstreet and make/break any company on the market.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +40

    Willie may have missed

    the people Apple employs in Cupertino, not to mention their hundreds of stores across the rest of the US. And then there are app developers. I think maybe there is a REASON that Willie Brown is an unemployed politician!

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +25

    Think

    If your in a position of influence, shouldn't you consider all the ramifications that your statements in public will have? As in this instance, Willie just made himself sound like a clueless former politician.

  1. Chips G

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +21

    comment title

    If Apple does not have to pay the repatriation tax, they would have more money in the US to invest in the US if they choose (creating jobs). By making it prohibitively expensive to bring home its money, Apple instead leaves it in other countries, making the decision to build production facilities in those countries where its money already is (or in countries that do not have extremely high tax rates to transfer funds) make more financial sense.

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