wherethecrowflies says: No mention of the 14 suicides at that factory in China last year? Must not be important enough for the New York Times..
» SFB says: They’ve covered those issues numerous times before. (By the way, the suicides happened in 2010 and Apple made changes as a result of them.) While it’s clearly a big issue and probably deserved a mention, this article honestly isn’t about that quite as much. Personally, it didn’t bother me it wasn’t mentioned, simply because it’s been covered at depth numerous times before. This is about a particular angle of that whole mess that doesn’t get quite as much play. The stuff about the supply chain being much easier to handle in Asia than the U.S.? That’s a big deal and told me something fairly new. Honestly, I felt this article was angled towards people who already knew about Apple and FoxConn, but perhaps didn’t know the systemic reasons the company moved away from “Made in the U.S.A.” — Ernie @ SFB
Apple, you have all those employees over there [China], you wanna bring them back, you’ll pay a 35% tax. Under our plan, you bring them back and open a factory in Charleston, you pay nothing.
Rick Santorum, answering a question about how he would bring manufacturing back into the U.S. with power companies like Apple already based in lower-cost places like China.