@matteo-nunziati said in US Senate Questions Apple About Intentional Slowdown of iPhones:
This Apple this is border line ti me @scottalanmiller is right but for sure more relevant things happen in real life...
That's a fair idea, but it relies on the premise that the Senate is overworked and has no time to do important things. But in reality, the Senate does very little work and has loads of free time.
These are lawmakers, remember, and the investigation is to determine if there is a gap in the law protecting Americans from monopoly abuse or consumer abuse. This is very much their jobs and honestly, impacts the average American far more than most things that the Senate does. This is actually pretty decently important within their scope of things.
There are certainly a great number of other things that they could be doing. But that's not the alternative. The alternative is "how many other things would they be doing?" And if they didn't have this iPhone issue, they'd probably just take more time off. And it is not likely the Senate doing this, but a subcommittee of like three people looking for some information while other subcommittees work on gather similar info about myriad other issues.
There are two reasons we don't see much work come out of the Senate. One is that they are lawmakers and in theory, we don't want new laws very often. New laws should be few and far between or it means our old laws aren't very good. The second is that there are tons of things that people won't agree on or if a vote is taken something awful might happen. So things that have no chance of passing or might end in disaster are often avoided, regardless of available free time.