Politico: “We Need a Steve Jobs Plan”


An Occupy Wall Street protester with sign about Steve Jobs in San Francisco.
An Occupy Wall Street protester with sign about Steve Jobs in San Francisco.

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor invoked Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as an example of fairness that the U.S. should emulate in the heated ongoing debate about income equality.

A Steve Jobs Plan for the American Economy? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Following Jobs’ death Oct. 5, he seems to be cropping up in all kinds of unexpected places – I took the pic above of a protester with a “Bring ‘Jobs’ Back to Life” sign at San Francisco’s Occupy Wall Street protest about 10 days ago.

Anyway, here’s what Cantor had to say about Steve Jobs:

“Through his example, you can see that America needs more than a jobs plan. It needs a Steve Jobs plan,” Cantor wrote. In a Steve Jobs Plan, those who are successful not only create good jobs and services “that make our lives better, they also give back and help everyone move just a little bit further up the ladder and everybody wins.”

Cantor prepared the remark as part of a speech he was supposed to deliver at the at the University of Pennsylvania — one he later cancelled because of expected protests.

The “Steve Jobs Jobs Plan” is catchy and open to use on both sides of the economic barricades.

The Occupy Wall Street crowd might employ it to talk about how Steve Jobs earned a $1 salary, for example, though it has been pointed out that he could do that because he might have been recieving $48 million in annual dividends from Disney. Either way, it’s in kinda questionable taste.

Via The Hill

  • Gregintosh

    If only Steve Jobs took over the government for a while. Then government would be much smaller, better looking, all departments and branches would work seamlessly together, all services would be accessible by the people in a user-friendly way, and all outside lobbyists (like “unauthorized apps”) would be banned. How wonderful! The only thing I’d worry about is the price tag!

  • Brianna Wu

    I don’t need to hear the Republicans exploiting his death for their ideology.

  • gregbraddock

    Ugh… Eric Cantor. What a blow-hard! 

  • Frank

    I agree. They’re all low lifes.

  • LTMP

    It would be expensive, no doubt.  But think of the resale value!  

  • peteywheats

    Mr. Cantor keep your sleazy mitts off of my recently departed heroes. Stick with the Ronald Wilson Reagan Shtick, please.

  • Kruz8er

    Yeah, we need more Steve Jobs in this country, so that there are rich people who can pay for the entitlements that democrats use to buy sure votes!

  • none

    Sounds like a Ron Paul government to me!

  • Len Williams

    When you reward the idle and unproductive, and then penalize the productive and contributing members of a society, the society goes downhill eventually crashes. When you reward productivity you get more production. Steve Jobs got rich because he worked his butt off and did so intelligently. He provided employment for thousands of people who were also willing to work very hard. His products also allowed millions to be productive in various professions. The more businesses are supported, the more taxes there are for social programs. Support business owners and everyone wins. Tax them too much and we all lose.

  • Alex

    “f only Steve Jobs took over the government for a while”

    All our jobs would be done by Foxconn in China ?

  • Steven Zahl

    STEVE JOBS PLAN:  Send all Factory Work to CHINA.

  • Skywaytraffic

    Steve jobs basically ran his company like a socialist, which is a great thing if you ask me, but it’s ironic that a republican should suggest that we need a Steve Jobs plan because that type of government is basically like the end of the world to them.

  • UncaughtException

    Eric Cantor is a Sith Lord.

  • Michael Dalessandro II

    STEVE JOBS PLAN: Have the balls to tell the POTUS that he does this because cost, union hurdles, and regulation of opening a plant in the US are prohibitive.

    STEVE ZAHL PLAN: Do not do any research prior to posting.

  • Michael Dalessandro II

    +1 for being a logical and intelligent person on the internet.

  • Kurt Knopp

    Jobs ran his company like a socialist?  Don’t tell Jonny Ive that.  He might not know that he makes millions more (deservedly) than the guys in the Apple Stores.

    While Jobs was politically to the left socially, he was a capitalist financially and ran his company that way. He believed that making great things for people to spend their money on was his place in life.

    Eric Cantor is right.

  • Petefreans02

    Steve Jobs was on record being upset with the Obama Administration and their anti-business platform. He didn’t like the direction this country was going in and so do millions of other Americans. So Rep. Cantor is quite accurate in his rhetoric.

  • Carpatlarge

    When you send job after job after job outside the country you leave little choice but for those that are stuck here to be idle and unproductive. Products can not be bought by those that can not afford them.