This is Better

Steve Jobs would like to build, essentially, a 4-story spaceship on the site of HP's old corporate campus in Cupertino, CA.  In addressing the Cupertino City Council recently, the following exchange took place:
Kris Wang (Council Member): Do we get a free WiFi, or something like that? [laughter]
Jobs:  Well...see, I'm a simpleton.  I've always had this view that we pay taxes, and the city should do those things.  [laughter] That's why we pay taxes.  Now, if we can get out of paying taxes, I'll be glad to put up a WiFi network! [roaring laughter]
While the CEO of a collapsing behemoth was busy lecturing the federal government on the subject of fiscal responsibility, the CEO of the world's second-largest company - a company that is still in its ascendancy - visited his local City Council to make a personal case for a massive construction project he wants to undertake.  This latter leader kept things very simple:  here's what we'd like to do, with your approval; and anything else you think the people of Cupertino might like should be done at your discretion, based on your knowledge of your constituency.  The contrast is remarkable.

Incidentally, Jobs' presentation to the council (linked in the first paragraph) is worth watching in its entirety.  It reveals a pragmatic, toned-down side of a man who's often faulted for being too much of a dreamer and a pied piper.  Also, it's always nice to see a panel of elected officials fawning over a businessman during testimony, instead of using their opportunity on the stage to jab him in the eye because of perceived evil excess profits or the like.

Nice little "giving back to the community" moment towards the end too, but with a twist:  a government official asking a business not to build a new wing for the hospital or pay a special tax to fund the new minor-league baseball stadium, but to "build a a store here so we don't have to travel to nearby towns to buy your stuff."