"Let me be clear about my wish. I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life."
He was talking about how much health care/pain he'd be willing to put up with
"I am talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75"
Please read the article before posting all kinds of protestations how stupid the guy is.
125,000 miles would be considered a serious quality defect with a traditional auto. If memory serves me right, most recent example was BMW nikasil engine block issue.
Owners of early 2000s Dodge Caravans and Ford Windstars might disagree. Plenty got less than 100,000 before developing issues that cost more to repair than the value of the vehicle.
We recently had an issue where a union state and a right to work state built a bridge across a river to each other. The union state mandated that all contractors be union shops. The "right to work" state demanded that non union shops be allowed because of the cost difference. (There is also a slight cost of living difference between the two states aligned with the wage differences) I don't remember how it got worked out but construction was delayed for months.
A better comparison would be a secret union of all tech workers that required that none of its employees take work with Apple until they raised their entry level salaries for engineers to 500k per year out of desperation.
Ignoring the secret part... Isn't that the definition of a strike? People refusing work until the hiring company caves to work policies or salaries?
Maybe not Detroit, but definitely not in Northern California - it's way too expensive to do business there. For an R&D/Skunkworks style office, perhaps drawing on the local talent is worth the cost, but putting general office workers and blue collar labor there is silly when you have nice states like Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, and Michigan which have friendly labor laws and cheaper labor pools, along with some top minds in places like Austin, Huntsville, Raleigh, and Ann Arbor.
Those states are good for both high tech talent and manufacturing skills. They have a lower cost of living, other than Michigan. Plenty of companies are being successful in those locations. Northern California is great if you like a lot of workforce turnover.
The second half, also very common hard right wing propaganda, is an issue on which there can be reasonable disagreement but is not in any form a "given truth" and even at best ignores the history of teacher unionization from 1920. So, not very good marks to your (presumably private school?) history and political science teachers.
I don't really care if teacher unionization has great historical roots and we have a parade for it every year. None of those folks are still around either in the union or outside of it. The teacher's union is now like other government unions that contribute to their bosses campaigns while negotiating for raises and better working rules with those some bosses.
There are plenty of examples of school problems that can be traced back to teachers and administrators. Look at the Camden article where there staff to teacher ratio is twice that of the rest of the state. That just bleeds funds out of the classrooms.