Sunday, June 2, 2013

Maybe they're just paying protection money

Why Did Apple Hire Lisa Jackson?

The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Rago sums up Jackson’s tenure this way in a reaction to the news of her new job at Apple: “At the EPA Ms. Jackson proved to be an especially abusive and willful regulator, even for the Obama administration, and her epic rule-making bender continues to drag on economic growth. But nothing about her career suggests any expertise in technology; prior to her EPA posting Ms. Jackson was a political functionary in New Jersey and New York.” 
So why would Apple hire her? Rago suggests that Apple executives, who are being dragged in front of congressional committees for obeying tax laws and making money, might think bringing Jackson on board would insulate them from the political attacks. 

A feature of the regulatory state: regulators beat people up, then leave office, and get jobs protection money from people who don't want to get beat up by the new regulators. 


  1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyJune 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Maybe Princeton turned her down. The WaPo was floating the story that she was going to replace Tilghman there, probably at a salary of $1M/yr or so.

    Or maybe Apple offered her a better package. After all,

    Apple's overall estimated greenhouse gas emissions rose 34 percent between 2011 and 2012. Apple explains 98 percent of its carbon footprint comes from "the manufacturing, transportation, use and recycling," of its products.
    --- HuffPo (5/29/13)

    Oh, just the "manufacturing, transportation, use and recycling", eh? In other words, "Don't blame us!!! Blame those other people!!!"

    They're gonna need a top-drawer lobbyist to pull this one off.

  2. Apple's gonna need a lot of gigabytes to keep track of all of Jackson's different email aliases.