Friday, October 21, 2011

Is There Anything Steve Jobs Couldn't Do?

Steve Jobs, maybe the Last Great American, told President Downgrade Obama that he would not be re-elected way back in the Summer of 2010.
Steve Jobs told President Obama he probably would not be re-elected, Walter Isaacson wrote in Jobs' soon-to-be-released biography.  That's because regulations and unions in the United States were crippling its ability to remain competitive with emerging powerhouses like China.  
"You're headed for a one-term presidency," Jobs said to Obama.

Jobs also said teachers' unions "crippled" the education system in the United States. Among his requests to Obama were an 11-month school schedule, school days that last until 6 p.m. and a merit-based system for employing and firing teachers.
Well, I didn't know Steve Jobs agreed with me, but I wrote about all those same themes in this post in February of this year.   I didn't go as far as Jobs with the 6 p.m. school days, but it is an interesting thought.

So, is there anything Steve Jobs couldn't do?

He couldn't beat pancreatic cancer.  (But that's a pretty tough one.)