By Katie & Amie Kieffer
Every year, my talented sister, Amie, develops a cartoon showcasing a fun Halloween costume idea that sends a free-markets message and reflects current events. Amie’s previous costumes include the Sexy Acorn (to draw attention to ACORN’s child sex scandal) and the Hot Teapot (to laud the everyday Americans fighting for Constitutional principles within the Tea Party movement).
This year, we chose to honor the entrepreneurial spirit of the late Steve Jobs with the Unbelievable Apple. (Jobs frequently used the word “unbelievable” to describe Apple products.)
Jobs believed hard work and passion were keys to success and he was frustrated with Eric Schmidt (Google) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) because he felt they took short-cuts around hard work and innovation and “shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas.”
Jobs believed in the power of the free market. He once said: “We’re trying to make great products. … If the market tells us we’re making the wrong choices, we listen to the market. …That’s what a lot of customers pay us to do, is to try to make the best products we can. And if we succeed, they’ll buy ‘em. And if we don’t, they won’t, and it’ll all work itself out. And, you know, so far, I’d have to say, that people seem to be liking iPads, you know? I mean, we’ve sold one every three seconds since we launched it.”
Have fun creating your own free-markets costume this year like the Unbelievable Apple, and be sure to stop by my house for Halloween treats on October 31st! It’s 1776 Reason Avenue, Freedomville.