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Eric Schmidt

You'll have to excuse me but I'm just so excited that I can barely type. I just finished watching Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, elsewhere on this site, and the implications of what he said for our nation just fill me with hope or something.

Knowing all the problems that we face as a country, and the difficulties our government has to face in trying to solve them, it's good to know that somebody who really knows how to run something is thinking about the big picture.

Some things that Mr. Schmidt said:

  • It would be very, very easy for Google to track and measure all the activities of the government. All they'd have to do is ask.
  • He doesn't understand the way legislation gets bogged down with earmarks and special-interest riders, etc., and would love to get in there, observe, record and measure all the activities of our legislators and others in the Administration who are making policy;
  • He is absolutely flabbergasted that the government has not invited a firm like Google in to monitor and measure its activities.
  • The Founders of this nation -- presumably excluding those who wrote The Federalist papers -- envisioned a country without a strong, centralized government. They wanted the states to make all the important decisions.

Not since the old segregationist days of the 50s and 60s have I heard that persuasive argument used with such aplomb. It was followed by a rather genial, populist statement opining on how a lot of the key decisions in our society should be made on a local level. This would presumably include pesky questions on subjects like... copyright, maybe? Who can say. One thing is for sure: nobody's against localism. Localism is the new Quality.

I know this has been a tough time for America. So it's nice to know that a smart, efficient business entity is on hand to provide policy guidance, surveillance and measurement, bringing business rigor to the messy process of governance.

Not too long ago, another society effected a smooth merger of government, business and the military, so that each would efficiently serve the needs of the others. Let's see. Their symbol was a bunch of white birch rods bundled together. What did they call that again? I can't quite remember. But I do recall that they succeeded in making the trains run on time.

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Next we'll be hearing that Google is moving its headquarters to North Idaho...Eric's world view is quite similar.

An aside...a county in north Idaho decided it didn't need a county building inspection department, engineers, or planners (or to follow national building codes, the National Fire Protection codes, etc). Voted out of existence their rural fire department system as well. Didn't need any of that government malarkey.

The whole thing totally backfired when they found out no banks would lend on buildings (commercial or otherwise) without building code compliance certification and homeowners insurance was uavailable (or astronomically high). Their construction industry collapsed.

The most amusing upshot was that they thought the US Forest Service should take care of fire fighting duties in their towns...which is pretty rich considering it's a FEDERAL agency. This is the same bunch of idiots that stood in a cold pouring rain for hours waiting to get an autographed copy of Palin's book. This the area she came from before moving to Alaska. Simple ideas for simple minds.

Mayhap Schmidt was being sarcastic, regarding the various US & Chinese cybermonitoring woes Google labors under?

Sure, state and local governance is the answer to everything.

Just ask Rod Blagojevich. Or Google him.


I just bought Rome Inc. please don't ruin the ending.

Please.. not a new form of dictatorship..I was just getting used to the current form of legalized corruption that is in place now..

If a politician knew that Google would tell the world every time he re-routed money to his district, we might get spending under control before we go broke.

As for the white birch rod guys, those Romans might have lasted longer if Google had been spying on them.

Bennie and the Jets

Hey Sens,
Get yourself together,
Goog and the Techs
Are gonna find out whether,
You're talkin right/left,
up or down.

Gotta be digital tracking
Keepin tabs on the clowns,

Ooh, Sen and Reps
have you seen it yet?
Oh, so black shirt!

Ba, Ba, Ba,
Bennie and the Goog

Bennie and the Goog.

Crocodile Rock

I remember when fascism was young,
Me and Dolf, havin so much fun,
Startin wars and genocide,
Bangin Clara and Eva,
On the side!

Armageddon, Armageddon!
When your tanks
just can't stay still!
Invadin Poland!
On to Holland!
Blitz Krieg!
What a thrill!

If he really said that stuff, Google can look forward to a slow (perhaps a quick) death. No politician will sit still for knowing he's being "watched." After all, that's the politician's job; to watch us.

If that kind of contract was going to be issued, it would have been issued under W.

And it would have gone to Haliburton.

Schmidt should stop drinking the koolaid at the Google cafeteria. He should renounce his stock options and get a real job working with real people at the USA average wage.

Orders from headquarters: Don't do as we do, do as we say do!

We dance to the tune of the Pied Piper: We are the blind mice, look us run.

Jack, can we borrow some of your "Seal Oil" please?

When corporate leaders (even top-notch leaders) offer panaceas to fix government (or even worse, decide to run for office) they possess an undeserved credibility. The tacit assumption is that because they successfully ran a corporation those skills are transferrable to the political realm. They are not.

A CEO is able to crack the whip and make things happen within their corporate domain. The political environment eats them up...and that's a good thing. We all like the idea of a big daddy straightening things out, but we'll never agree on just exactly what changes daddy should make (especially when daddy's decision takes away one of our cherished entitlements....and don't fool yourself, we all rely upon a great many 'entitlements' that cost taxpayers' money).

Equitable governance requires more than simply ordering people requires continual compromise, which is not generally considered an admirable skill for the alpha CEO. Right now, at the national level, we are seeing what the spirit of non-compromise is doing to our country. We are paralyzed at a time of historical economic peril. We might need more than a governmentally linked search engine to get us out of this mess.