Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs: 1:0

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by crenz, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. crenz macrumors 6502a

    crenz

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2003
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    #1
  2. miloblithe macrumors 68020

    miloblithe

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2003
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    #2
    Wasn't there some article about a general tech-vote shift from the left to the right?

    Not really a surprise. Bush had the case against Microsoft brushed under the table. Gates, I'm sure, would be happy to supply more than $2000.
     
  3. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

    Inspector Lee

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Location:
    East Lansing, MI
    #3
    I thought I read somewhere that Jobs (or his wife) donated a chunk of coin to Howard Dean's campaign. I'll have to dig for the link.

    Currently buried at work.
     
  4. raynegus macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2003
    #4
    Steve donates his energy by making good, creative products. Bill does not.

    What would the world be like if Steve never existed? We could be still be in a DOS world... without even a mouse to click with. Who knows.

    What would the world be like if Bill never existed? It would probably be better. We'd all have Macs. Everything from the 128K and after was a machine the average consumer could use.

    Donating money isn't everything. Besides, Bill has a lot more of it to spare (mostly thanks to stealing what Steve created).
     
  5. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

    MongoTheGeek

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2003
    Location:
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    #5
    Gates historically hasn't been a big donor.
    Jobs historically backed Democrats.

    The personal donations are drops in the bucket. The big question is about hosting fundraisers and supporting the advocacy groups which are more unfettered in spending.

    It was interesting searching my zipcode. There were a slew of "Howard Deans" and a some "George Bush's". Kerry lost to Clark! The occupations were really revealing for which way people went.

    Searching for my surname revealed almost exclusively Bush with a lone $50 for Dean.
     
  6. crenz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    crenz

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2003
    Location:
    Shanghai, China
    #6
    Definitely. Note that I didn't mention what I think about it. That was intentional.. (As a non-US-American, I have a whole different perspective on the whole campaign-funding-thingie anyway, so I better not comment)
     
  7. Sparky's macrumors 6502a

    Sparky's

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    #7
    Just a note of clarity. This quoted from "The Buying of the President 2004" by Charles Lewis, page 119

    50 top Republican donors;
    #8 Microsoft = $4,175,966

    "This list is based on individual, corporate, and PAChard- and soft-money contributions to the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, and affiliated committees between January 1, 1978, and June 30, 2003"

    50 top Democratic donors;
    #46 Microsoft = $2,141,977

    "This list is based on individual, corporate, and PAChard- and soft-money contributions to the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and affiliated committees between January 1, 1978, and June 30, 2003"

    Just thought you might want to ponder those numbers.
     
  8. Sparky's macrumors 6502a

    Sparky's

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    #8
    Oh yea, I forgot to mention, Apple doesn't show up anywhere!
     
  9. acidrock macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2004
    Location:
    The Evergreen State College
    #9
    We are better off because Jobs did not donate to Bush j/k -acid
     

Share This Page