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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by jhodapp on Thu 26th Apr 2012 16:44 UTC
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My quick comment on this is, lobbying is perhaps the largest in the U.S. because here, there is the most power and influence to be bought. No other government spends more money than the U.S. No other government has more authority and control in the world. That's worth a lot of money and many people want a stake in it. The solution, shrink the U.S. government so that there is less incentive and things to be bought.

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