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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/13291/this-might-be-the-most-disgusting-thing-ive-ever-read/

This might be the most disgusting thing I’ve ever read

July 15, 2010 by

I can’t even bring myself to comment on this, apart from expressing my doubt that Washington politicians care more about the consumer than Apple Inc.

The mounting iPhone 4 controversy has hit a receptive ear in Washington, as Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D., N.Y.) Thursday wrote to Mr. Jobs urging Apple to come up with a “permanent fix” to the problem at no cost to customers. Mr. Schumer asked Apple to provide customers with a clearly written explanation of the cause of the iPhone 4′s reception problem and “make a public commitment to remedy it free of charge.”


J Cortez July 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I profoundly hate Apple’s latest product, but Schumer is just stupid.

Vake July 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Chuck Schumer will jump on any anti-unpopular-company-of-the-moment bandwagon to improve his popularity and media exposure. Just months ago, he was denouncing Spirit Airlines for their carry-on luggage charge. This spring, he was all over Toyota like white on rice. And don’t think he’s hasn’t gotten his piece of the attack-BP shell game.

I think it was Bob Dole who once said the most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck Schumer and a camera.

Sean A July 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Watching Schumer at those Waco hearings or seeing him at the top of Forbes’ list of Congress’s biggest beneficiaries of Wall St. pretty much removes any shot of this guy being a decent human being. There are politicians who are well meaning but ignorant; and then there are the Chuck Schumers of politics: Corrupt to the core.

mpolzkill July 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Oh, man, watching that desk-murderer, that reptile in “The Rules of Engagement”….the repulsion (reptile isn’t strong enough); it was like what you feel when you turn over a rock.

Btw, did you notice Sonny Bono crying as the details of the massacre overwhelmed him? One of the mysteries of the world to me is how human beings like he and Ron Paul can stand even one afternoon in Rome on the Potomac.

A movie so powerful in can only be ignored by American statists:


Slim934 July 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm


Politicians are such tools.

iamse7en July 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I had the same reaction. This really is disgusting. What has happened to our country!

Phoenix July 16, 2010 at 5:22 am

It began.

J Cortez July 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

Touché. :)

Walt D. July 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Come back Alphonse D’Amato – you were right about Chuck Schumer all along! :-)

J. Murray July 16, 2010 at 6:02 am

The consumer backlash of people refusing to buy future Apple products is more than enough punishment.

JFF July 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Indeed, all three of them.

Christopher July 16, 2010 at 7:17 am

Almost as bad as when Schumer, via press release, publicly questioned the viability of Indymac Bank. Of course the public didn’t know at the time that the bank had just turned down an offer to sell a large portion of the bank to some of the same entities who then bought Indymac after the FDIC took it over. I’d be surprised if Schumer was doing the same to Apple in so much as I wonder if some of his Wall Street cronies think Apple is overvalued and want to make some money shorting the stock. Maybe Schumer is trying to give the stock a little nudge.

jeffrey July 16, 2010 at 7:43 am

I guess what I wanted to say was this. The first time I played with an iPhone, my thought was: this is breathtakingly amazing. It’s like 100 years forward in time. This is the most consumer friendly gizmo I can ever imagine. I didn’t know such a thing was possible. Ever since, it has been my best friend. Washington has nothing to do with it. The chutzpah that it takes for ANY politician to criticize a design decision by Apple is beyond description.

mushindo July 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

whatever happened to chucking the product out and buying a different one?

Tyrone Dell July 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

You lousy capitalist.

Its my RIGHT that I get my iPhone with a fully-functional antenna even though I’m not even left-handed.

Joshua July 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

Government is lazy, inefficient, and oppressive. This design flaw must be fixed, and I demand that Schumer supply that fix at no charge to me. I suggest ending the state as a first measure, and then I think Schumer crawling back under the rock from whence he oozed would be a swell follow up.

Franklin July 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

Not to diminish the point, Jeffrey, but why the surprised outrage and disgust? As many folks pointed out, and as you know better than most of us, Schumer’s been a consistent carpetbagging two-face throughout his career. A few years back, his war on cereal companies struck my chord, had me in knots. But it was nothing new. Nor is this.

Curt Howland July 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

Mr. Tucker, did you ever get to read John Ross’ book _Unintended Consequences_?

A character in the book who reminds me greatly of Schumer gets hoisted in a fashion that left me quite satisfied, exactly what he deserves.

I’m glad to be a godless heathen who can, occasionally, revel in the idea of a cold blooded killing.

Just the idea, though.

What I really want to see is Schumer trying to actually earn a living. Who would hire him? For that matter, who would insure him?

Franklin July 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

Interesting question if it were 40 years ago. What is sad, and not that you don’t already know, is that Schumer is now quite “hirable.”
If he left Congress this moment, he’d amass additional fortunes not only on the speaking circuit but in brokering hundreds of lucrative deals among government parties and companies, as a consultant for many of the Fortune 100…. From labor unions to multinational corporations, his field is ripe.
Fascinating stuff, really. His academic performance was stellar, apparently an extraordinarily gifted student. How some of these intellectuals go astray is beyond me.

Curt Howland July 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Certainly, no multi-term Senator stays there for the money considering what they could make on the lecture circuit.

I really meant a kind of parallel-universe Schumer, in Libertopia, trying to rule others and finding himself powerless and friendless…

Franklin July 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Heh, right on. If only.

junkcafe July 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

AdLib fans…have at it:

The mounting [product or service] controversy has hit a receptive ear in Washington, as Sen. [village idiot's name] ([party affiliation], [state]) Thursday wrote to [entrepreneur name] urging [entrepreneur's company name] to come up with a “permanent fix” to the problem at no cost to customers. [village idiot's name] asked [company name] to provide customers with a clearly written explanation of [product or service deficiency] problem and “make a public commitment to remedy it free of charge.”

Next, he’ll being using the i’m-a-powerful-senator card at the Apple store to pre-order the iPhone 5 — at no cost to him!

George July 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Am I not reading the same thing? I don’t see the disgusting part of the WSJ article. They’re complaining about the antenna; what’s disgusting about that? Isn’t that normal consumer ostracism?

Havvy July 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

The whole request for a public commitment to remedy it free of charge thing?

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