On its website nytimes.com, The New York Times published on a June 22, 2021 article titled “Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying”. The article begins: “In the days after lawmakers introduced legislation that could break the dominance of tech companies, Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, called Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to deliver a warning. The antitrust bills were rushed, he said. They would crimp innovation. And they would hurt consumers by disrupting the services that power Apple’s lucrative iPhone, Mr. Cook cautioned at various points, according to five people with knowledge of the conversations.”
The article gives us an opportunity to test our trust in government. The test is easy and fast. The test requires us to answer only one question.
QUESTION: Which of the following Statements do you believe is true?
STATEMENT #1: Tim Cook and Nancy Pelosi discussed the impact of antitrust bills on innovation and consumers.
STATEMENT #2: Tim Cook and Nancy Pelosi discussed Apple moving all of its jobs to China.
STATEMENT #3: Tim Cook and Nancy Pelosi discussed a $10 million dollar deposit to Pelosi’s Swiss bank account.
STATEMENT #4: Tim Cook and Nancy Pelosi discussed Big Tech cancelling Democrats.
STATEMENT #5: Tim Cook and Nancy Pelosi discussed Big Tech getting President Donald J. Trump re-elected.
If you believe that Statement #1 is the only true Statement, then you trust government.
If you believe that Statement #1 is the only false Statement, then you don’t trust government.
If you don’t know what to believe, then you don’t trust government.
Ready, set, go … take the test.