For good reason, there is no shortage of columns, articles and blog posts about the loss of the brilliant and driven Apple chairman Steve Jobs.
One of the unfortunate invocations of Jobs, however, came from Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth just 24 hours after the announcement of his death. Instead of celebrating Jobs’ life as others saw fit, she utilized the space of her Washington Examiner column in the to score political points against Solyndra and the Department of Energy’s program that guaranteed a business loan for it.
Steve Jobs showed how one person’s innovation and creativity can create a company and an industry of previously unimagined products.
Apple Inc. was located in the San Francisco Bat area, not far from Solyndra, the bankrupt solar panel company, in which taxpayers have a $528 million exposure.
Unlike Solyndra, Jobs didn’t get government loan guarantees for his first Apple computer, or for the Mac, iPod, iPhone or iPad.
The rest of Furchtgott-Roth’s column is not about Jobs or Apple, but Solyndra as a failed company and the Department of Energy’s loan program as a failed program.
The Solyndra-DOE loan guarantee program debate will go on for some time. Did the celebration of Steve Jobs’ life need to be a part of it 24 hours after his death?