https://theintercept.com/2016/08/16...to-pay-corporate-tax-rate-because-its-unfair/ Tim Cook needs to remain a CEO and not try to blackmail government for special privileges, especially as the US military around the world also exists to protect corporate interests - which is not a bad thing (but is a post of its own, given its level of complexity), but he's already getting quite a lot in return. Since corporations are people too, let's all not pay taxes and throw big tantrums about unfairness, and then really bitch and mope as America finally crashes. What will Apple do then, since real stagnation and decay will occur then. The way China has been behaving of recent, smashing iphones in the name of nationalism and how they hate all things West and Apple is an epitome of Western culture, Cook might not be welcome there... according to coworkers who worked with H1Bs, most of them loathe the **** out of Westerners (despite our giving free training and source code too) so he might not be welcome there... The Irish already despise Bono's hypocrisy and tax cheating (not mistakes but actual cheating the system), so they eventually won't give a **** about Cook's antics, either... Best of all: This company already manages to get away with 70% profit margins on off-the-shelf generic hardware and borrowed open source software when most tech companies using the same tactics see only "razor thin" profit margins, never mind wanting labor at 50 cents per hour and in factories with known big suicide counts (how not very pro-life is that, surely??), Apple just looks more and more like a big leech. So, Tim Cook seems to come across as a selfish, entitled, narcissistic millennial snowflake that prefers to abuse and misuse everyone around him. It's a shame he's not the typical age range for a millennial... And given his current reputation as CEO, even Carly Fiorina would be a better choice -- but private industry does not and can not act the same way as governing a whole nation of people, since the reasons and goals of each paradigm are or can be very different.