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Lights going on all over the place

Noted Obama-supporting “progressive” finally waking up?

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, gave a remarkable interview this month to the Washington Post. So remarkable that Post editors preceded the transcript with this disclosure: “He had just come from the dentist. And he had a toothache.”

Perhaps it was the Novocain talking, but Mr. Schmidt has done us a service. He said in public what most technologists will say only in private. Whatever caused him to speak forthrightly about the disconnects between Silicon Valley and Washington, his comments deserve wider attention.

The more important disconnect is between liberal-Leftism and reality, between the damage their policies do and their desire to gloss over the dismal results and push for more of the same. But if guys like Schmidt finally do wake up for good, maybe the suffering they caused an entire nation could turn out to be worth it.

Maybe.

“So we get hauled in front of the Congress for developing a product that’s free, that serves a billion people. OK? I mean, I don’t know how to say it any clearer,” Mr. Schmidt told the Post. “It’s not like we raised prices. We could lower prices from free to…lower than free? You see what I’m saying?”

An absence of consumer harm didn’t stop senators from offering some improbable recommendations. Among them: that Google replace its algorithm with a panel of experts to ensure “fair” search results. As Google tries to improve the relevancy of its search results for consumers, some sites inevitably come up higher and some lower in the results. The losers now lobby Washington.

“Regulation prohibits real innovation, because the regulation essentially defines a path to follow,” Mr. Schmidt said. This “by definition has a bias to the current outcome, because it’s a path for the current outcome.”

Do note, too, the photo caption:

Google’s Eric Schmidt: “[A]ll of a sudden the politicians showed up. We thought…they loved us. It’s fair to say they loved us for our money.”

No! You don’t say! Why, how very shocking.

Know what else is shocking? That obviously smart people could be that stupid. And another good question: is Schmidt truly waking up at last, or is he just looking for more crony-capitalist protection from competitors? I won’t even try to address that one; only time will tell, I suppose, and liberal dogma dies hard.

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3 thoughts on “Lights going on all over the place

  1. Mike, how exactly did you manage to see the entire article? I’ve tried it Firefox and IE (ugh), but it only display down to the “…”.

  2. Google has money, the Feds don’t.

    They have no idea what’s coming down the road at them.

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