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    Default Jobs' Family Has Been Anonymously Donating Money for More Than Two Decades


    Although the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs never brought his philanthropic efforts to public attention, he and his family has been giving away anonymously for more than 20 years. The information came to light by an article in The New York Times that had a particular focus on Laurene Powell Jobs, who also participated in a rare interview for a profile that was previously published discussing her agendas in education, global conservation, nutrition, and immigration policy.

    According to Powell Jobs:

    We're really careful about amplifying the great work of others in every way that we can, and we don't like attaching our names to things.
    Her organization is titled Emerson Collective and is structured like a small business but set up as an LLC rather than a tax-exempt 501C(3). This gives her the ability to make grants, investments, and political donations without publicly reporting them. Powell Jobs told the Times that she and her organization value the ability to remain anonymous as well as “nimble and flexible and responsive” in giving.

    Last year, Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, also noted a number of private philanthropic efforts undertaken by Jobs during his life. Among those was a $50 million donation for Stanford hospitals, half of which paid for a new main building, while the rest was used to build a new children’s hospital. Despite his many philanthropic efforts, Jobs remained intensely private and even refused to discuss his giving with biographer Walter Isaacson before his death. He also refused to participate in “The Giving Pledge,” a campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet that asks rich people in America to donate most of their money to philanthropic causes.

    Since the Jobs’ death, Powell Jobs has taken a more public role in support of her causes. She launched a website in January advocating the “Dream Act” for immigration reform and in April she participated in an interview with NBC’s Rock Center for the same cause. Last year she also joined the governing board at Stanford University. She also serves on the White House Council for Community Solutions and also serves as president of the after-school program College Track, which she originally founded in 1997.

    Although much of his donations remain a mystery to the general public, Steve Jobs contributed quite a bit to a variety of different philanthropic efforts.

    Source: The New York Times

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    This article will make the apple diehards feel better about the tax dodging scandal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
    This article will make the apple diehards feel better about the tax dodging scandal.
    No one really cares about the tax-dodging scandal because just about every corporation does everything it can to dodge paying its taxes. That's American commerce.

    People are more interested in it happening systematically, not in yet another company doing it.

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    Only morons, uninformed liberals and socialists call it 'tax dodging'. Following the tax laws and regulations is NOT 'tax dodging'. I am sure both se23 and Christophxr determine their taxes and then write a check to the IRS for double what they owe.

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    Default Apple Pays 2.5% of ALL Corporate Income Tax in the U.S.
    What "scandal"? 1 out of every 40 dollars collected in corporate US income tax is paid by Apple!

    Get off your high horse dude...

    Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
    This article will make the apple diehards feel better about the tax dodging scandal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikePA View Post
    Only morons, uninformed liberals and socialists call it 'tax dodging'. Following the tax laws and regulations is NOT 'tax dodging'. I am sure both se23 and Christophxr determine their taxes and then write a check to the IRS for double what they owe.
    Only a moron defends this practice. Only a moron doesn't understand why your tax dollars are so heavily subsidized. Only a moron fails to understand this is a country run by corporations, and this is yet another way to enable what they do. I guess if you like living in a world where companies like Monsanto and these "offshore" oil companies are allowed to operate because they can just buy the political venue they seek, then more power to you, but that's a sad way of living. Go to work, pay your taxes, and you've accepted the fact the US Government does everything in your best interest, while corporations reap the benefit of your money, and your lack of indulgence, and pure ignorance is exactly what keeps the country running under trillions of dollars of deficit, where the decisions made are so heavily influenced by corporate money.

    America, Where the rich get rich, and every day the middle class becomes the other 99% of America - and people are too stupid to realize exactly how the system works, and too stupid to care about it.
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    So this is proof she is truly a gold digging...well, you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherTee View Post
    So this is proof she is truly a gold digging...well, you know how it goes.
    Lol wut

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slimz View Post
    Only a moron defends this practice. Only a moron doesn't understand why your tax dollars are so heavily subsidized. Only a moron fails to understand this is a country run by corporations, and this is yet another way to enable what they do. I guess if you like living in a world where companies like Monsanto and these "offshore" oil companies are allowed to operate because they can just buy the political venue they seek, then more power to you, but that's a sad way of living. Go to work, pay your taxes, and you've accepted the fact the US Government does everything in your best interest, while corporations reap the benefit of your money, and your lack of indulgence, and pure ignorance is exactly what keeps the country running under trillions of dollars of deficit, where the decisions made are so heavily influenced by corporate money.

    America, Where the rich get rich, and every day the middle class becomes the other 99% of America - and people are too stupid to realize exactly how the system works, and too stupid to care about it.
    Move to Cuba where they need more useful idiots like you.

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    I love how every thread now somehow gets on the tax topic

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    I bet these same people who have a problem with tax dodging also favor obamacare. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophxr View Post
    No one really cares about the tax-dodging scandal because just about every corporation does everything it can to dodge paying its taxes. That's American commerce.

    People are more interested in it happening systematically, not in yet another company doing it.
    I care about every company that rips off our country forcing the citizen to pay more taxes due to our corrupt tax codes. NOT saying they are breaking the law but paying taxes is a patriotic duty. I know some/a lot will disagree but IMHO those people are not true patriots as we need a federal government to provide certain services. Again, I know some don't feel this way but I really don't care.

    Allowing companies like Apple, GE, Pepco, Boeing ect ect to escape paying very little or NO, yes NO taxes is placing a higher burden on the consumer. After all, they are here to serve US, no the other way around. The issue is the consumer (including me) is a stupid animal that simply wants the goods. If we as a society decided we won't pay $500 dollars for a phone then it wouldn't cost $500. Sitting on a billion dollars in cash tells me one thing and one thing only. Apple is ripping off it's consumer base because it's consumer base is stupid and allows them to do so. It also means tax revenue that could go to offset the citizens tax liability stays in the corporation's pocket instead of benefiting the citizens they rip off. No I'm not talking socialism (even though I have those leanings), I'm talking about consumers taking back the power from billion dollar corporations by not paying their inflated costs and by demanding OUR elected officials, the ones that WE elect to serve US (who are currently serving those same billion dollar companies) change the tax code to ensure companies pay their fair share which would lower the tax burden on average citizens.

    Those that want to bring up if we make them pay taxes they will leave.... so freakin what!! If that's the way they want it so be it. We simply put a tariff on all goods coming into this country that aren't produced in this country. As soon as the feel it in their pocket books they will see it's better to be in the US paying their taxes then out of the country and incurring crippling tariffs on their goods. Of course the only way this would be successful is if the stupid consumer stands up for themselves decides to NOT pay the high price. But alas we are stupid so will pay what ever it take to get what we want. Sad circle of sadness.

    As far as his family donating money who give a crap. It's a tax write off for them so they lose nothing. Rich people aren't rich because they give away all their money.... those that believe that are morons. Now I'm not saying that they wouldn't give IF they didn't get a tax break but.... if you believe they would give in the same manner IF they didn't receive a GIANT tax break for doing so, I have some VERY nice beach front property here in Colorado to sell you at a GREAT price. PM me for details.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slimz View Post
    Only a moron defends this practice. Only a moron doesn't understand why your tax dollars are so heavily subsidized. Only a moron fails to understand this is a country run by corporations, and this is yet another way to enable what they do. I guess if you like living in a world where companies like Monsanto and these "offshore" oil companies are allowed to operate because they can just buy the political venue they seek, then more power to you, but that's a sad way of living. Go to work, pay your taxes, and you've accepted the fact the US Government does everything in your best interest, while corporations reap the benefit of your money, and your lack of indulgence, and pure ignorance is exactly what keeps the country running under trillions of dollars of deficit, where the decisions made are so heavily influenced by corporate money.

    America, Where the rich get rich, and every day the middle class becomes the other 99% of America - and people are too stupid to realize exactly how the system works, and too stupid to care about it.
    Read this after my response... You sir "get" it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikePA View Post
    Move to Cuba where they need more useful idiots like you.
    They need more awesome American Patriots? No, they are doing just fine on their own and would be doing better if America would pull it's head out of it's *** and grow up.

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
    I bet these same people who have a problem with tax dodging also favor obamacare. Lol
    Damn right I/we do. ANYTHING that makes a billion dollar corporation take a hit I'm all for. NOW if you get cancer you can't be dropped and you can't be denied coverage. Before a billion dollar company was making the decision if you received care and lived or died. Healthcare should never be a for profit business as any time a persons life is in the balance, a corporations bottom line should not matter. IF all the corporations that didn't pay their taxes in 2012 paid, healthcare could be covered for ALL Americans. Think about that for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
    Damn right I/we do. ANYTHING that makes a billion dollar corporation take a hit I'm all for. NOW if you get cancer you can't be dropped and you can't be denied coverage. Before a billion dollar company was making the decision if you received care and lived or died. Healthcare should never be a for profit business as any time a persons life is in the balance, a corporations bottom line should not matter. IF all the corporations that didn't pay their taxes in 2012 paid, healthcare could be covered for ALL Americans. Think about that for a while.
    But we have illegal aliens crossing over and stealing that tax money so corporations not paying taxes makes sense. Corps have been finding loopholes in the system since the 30's. get used to it. Nothing illegal. It's logical to save money. What's wrong is not securing our borders and paying for juan's and carols' education and medical. That is what's wrong. Where is the burden? The middle class.

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    Let me change topic,

    Steve Jobs is a Buddhism, and as a Buddhism, you have to donate and forget about it. It is just wrong to dwelling on the thought of donated money. It is even worse than stealing people money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
    But we have illegal aliens crossing over and stealing that tax money so corporations not paying taxes makes sense. Corps have been finding loopholes in the system since the 30's. get used to it. Nothing illegal. It's logical to save money. What's wrong is not securing our borders and paying for juan's and carols' education and medical. That is what's wrong. Where is the burden? The middle class.
    I usually remain quiet, but I my self have been a victim of this type of racist crap..... and I am a full blooded american and even considered Native American. There are a number of factors that push the illegals to come alot of home were accountants paralegals teachers and the like. They come here for a better life and resort to the status quo as even though they are making a better living.... the cost of living is higher and they are "born" into the level of poverty that so many minorities ave grown accustom to. And speaking from experience in my freelance work do you know how many times when I would go onsite and the client is disappointed or even upset when I come to door because I do not look the part of what they imagined just based off of the conversations and email exchanges we had prior. I have to put up with it because people like you perpetuate what has a base of truth and amplify it to a degree that it should not be worth noting. The percentage of illegals is very small and the job is of Govt is to Preserve and protect the people wether they have been here before or new additions.

    Its because of people like you that nothing changes, you hold the rest of us back with these misplaced ideals; looking for a scape goat. If anything you should be kissing the ***** of the illegals that are around as they take on the jobs that the average american would not consider. If you want a small window to shed some light on how these corporations you seem to support so, check out Food Inc. These companies bus illegals as far north as Kentucky and Indiana as an example. How about the set structure and subsidizing of a key crop so much to the point that its cheaper to process than it is to grow in Mexico to the point that the Mexicans buy our produce putting people out of work and force them North.

    Think before you "speak" as there are those impressionable enough that may take action ill advised. The Masses are unintelligent and prone to irrational behavior, we as they above average should take responsibility in what we say and project.

    I've dated out of my race married to a mexican (permanent resident), worked as an illegal have been involved in a number of religious backgrounds and have been homeless at one point and have done it all on my own and the son of a Veteran mother (lesbian) of the military that is not recognized to get her benefits. The system is broken and people like you donot help the situation. I am the last person to present a weak argument where illegals are causing the downfall of the tax system and health care.

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    Steve Jobs was a... "full on rapist"

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    Quote Originally Posted by singularityq View Post
    I usually remain quiet, but I my self have been a victim of this type of racist crap..... and I am a full blooded american and even considered Native American. There are a number of factors that push the illegals to come alot of home were accountants paralegals teachers and the like. They come here for a better life and resort to the status quo as even though they are making a better living.... the cost of living is higher and they are "born" into the level of poverty that so many minorities ave grown accustom to. And speaking from experience in my freelance work do you know how many times when I would go onsite and the client is disappointed or even upset when I come to door because I do not look the part of what they imagined just based off of the conversations and email exchanges we had prior. I have to put up with it because people like you perpetuate what has a base of truth and amplify it to a degree that it should not be worth noting. The percentage of illegals is very small and the job is of Govt is to Preserve and protect the people wether they have been here before or new additions.

    Its because of people like you that nothing changes, you hold the rest of us back with these misplaced ideals; looking for a scape goat. If anything you should be kissing the ***** of the illegals that are around as they take on the jobs that the average american would not consider. If you want a small window to shed some light on how these corporations you seem to support so, check out Food Inc. These companies bus illegals as far north as Kentucky and Indiana as an example. How about the set structure and subsidizing of a key crop so much to the point that its cheaper to process than it is to grow in Mexico to the point that the Mexicans buy our produce putting people out of work and force them North.

    Think before you "speak" as there are those impressionable enough that may take action ill advised. The Masses are unintelligent and prone to irrational behavior, we as they above average should take responsibility in what we say and project.

    I've dated out of my race married to a mexican (permanent resident), worked as an illegal have been involved in a number of religious backgrounds and have been homeless at one point and have done it all on my own and the son of a Veteran mother (lesbian) of the military that is not recognized to get her benefits. The system is broken and people like you donot help the situation. I am the last person to present a weak argument where illegals are causing the downfall of the tax system and health care.
    That's a nice story but that does not change the facts. Look at our deficit. Why do you think our taxes are through the roof? A few billion apple refuses to hand over or the hundreds of thousands crossing the border without registering as a citizen while they have kids over here (and they become citizens) (wtf?) while working americans support them. And they get paid whatever it is ($8-9) untaxed. Whatever. Save your family story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singularityq View Post
    I usually remain quiet, but I my self have been a victim of this type of racist crap..... and I am a full blooded american and even considered Native American. There are a number of factors that push the illegals to come alot of home were accountants paralegals teachers and the like. They come here for a better life and resort to the status quo as even though they are making a better living.... the cost of living is higher and they are "born" into the level of poverty that so many minorities ave grown accustom to. And speaking from experience in my freelance work do you know how many times when I would go onsite and the client is disappointed or even upset when I come to door because I do not look the part of what they imagined just based off of the conversations and email exchanges we had prior. I have to put up with it because people like you perpetuate what has a base of truth and amplify it to a degree that it should not be worth noting. The percentage of illegals is very small and the job is of Govt is to Preserve and protect the people wether they have been here before or new additions.

    Its because of people like you that nothing changes, you hold the rest of us back with these misplaced ideals; looking for a scape goat. If anything you should be kissing the ***** of the illegals that are around as they take on the jobs that the average american would not consider. If you want a small window to shed some light on how these corporations you seem to support so, check out Food Inc. These companies bus illegals as far north as Kentucky and Indiana as an example. How about the set structure and subsidizing of a key crop so much to the point that its cheaper to process than it is to grow in Mexico to the point that the Mexicans buy our produce putting people out of work and force them North.

    Think before you "speak" as there are those impressionable enough that may take action ill advised. The Masses are unintelligent and prone to irrational behavior, we as they above average should take responsibility in what we say and project.

    I've dated out of my race married to a mexican (permanent resident), worked as an illegal have been involved in a number of religious backgrounds and have been homeless at one point and have done it all on my own and the son of a Veteran mother (lesbian) of the military that is not recognized to get her benefits. The system is broken and people like you donot help the situation. I am the last person to present a weak argument where illegals are causing the downfall of the tax system and health care.
    My advice to you is "don't throw your pearls before swine" thatoneprofile is a joker. He is talking about the lesser of two evils and neither can be accepted. Throwing that immigration crap around is so 90's and boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
    My advice to you is "don't throw your pearls before swine" thatoneprofile is a joker. He is talking about the lesser of two evils and neither can be accepted. Throwing that immigration crap around is so 90's and boring.
    I just noticed your location was the UK. Healthcare is not the lesser. It is so f'd here it's not even funny. Yes apple not paying a couple bn could affect it. Do i hate hispanics? No. I think they need to pay their share of their taxes. (If i went to a foreign country, yes i would register as a citizen.) different stories sure. What i was saying is businesses will continue to find loopholes in the system. Do not get offended i do not discriminate. I am good friends with a few "unofficial us citizens" who immigrated from el Salvador aswell as mexico. Thanks for your thoughts but I don't consider myself a 'joker' about serious matters. Have a nice day and learn to look at the situation with different perspectives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
    I just noticed your location was the UK. Healthcare is not the lesser. It is so f'd here it's not even funny. Yes apple not paying a couple bn could affect it. Do i hate hispanics? No. I think they need to pay their share of their taxes. (If i went to a foreign country, yes i would register as a citizen.) different stories sure. What i was saying is businesses will continue to find loopholes in the system. Do not get offended i do not discriminate. I am good friends with a few "unofficial us citizens" who immigrated from el Salvador aswell as mexico. Thanks for your thoughts but I don't consider myself a 'joker' about serious matters. Have a nice day and learn to look at the situation with different perspectives.
    Our healthcare is screwed too, we are about to loose accident & emergency from many hospitals and as usual everybody blames it on immigration when the fact is immigrants only make up a tiny percentage of the population. The greed starts from the top and trickles down as there is no leaders by examples. ALL businesses should pay their tax just like all citizens do. Instead it's dog eat dog and nobody cares.

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