Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 22:40 UTC
In the News "The increase is a sign that the search engine can no longer afford to operate in a Silicon Valley vacuum. For years, Google had a reputation for indifference inside the Beltway. It took Google until May 2005 to set up a presence in Washington and even then, its headquarters consisted of a one-man lobbying shop in suburban Maryland." Do the Americans among you just accept this? Is this normal? Why aren't you guys turning to the streets when your country is quite clearly being bought left and right? I mean, I'm sure this happens everywhere, but on this scale? Gives me the creeps.
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RE: Comment by Flatland_Spider
by Fergy on Tue 24th Apr 2012 05:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Flatland_Spider"
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The US is a big country, and as such it makes sense to have a mechanism where the distant citizens can have a presence in the capital.

That is what voting is for.

Isn't it weird that you have to hire organizations to influence the people that you voted for to get them to do what you want?

If you take away normal democracy in the US you are left with how most of the world sees the US: the president is the guy that spend the most on his commercials, lobbying groups are directly in charge, huge corporations spend the most money and thus are in charge of the country.

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