I like Google's services. Like most users, it's my primary search engine. You could say most of my online life is powered by Google; I use Gmail, Google Voice, Google Docs, Google AdSense, and Google Calendar. Its products are simply superior to anything else out there. I admire its seemingly free-market philosophy, which seems to be "if you make a superior product customers will find you in the marketplace."
Given that Google knows a lot about me--my search history, my email history, my voicemail history, and my schedule--I'm more than a little concerned that it would partner up with the biggest proponents of Big Government--those in the Obama Administration.
In fact, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is an advisor to Obama, serving on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He previously campaigned for Obama, and sought appointment as his technology czar.
In 2009, Google spent $6 million lobbying 13 government agencies, and is playing a big role influencing everything from energy policy to foreign policy. Along with the Obama Administration, It's aggressively advocating net-neutrality, which would greatly increase the FCC's control over regulating the Internet.
Why would any internet company want the government more involved in their business? Simply put, monopolies can only exist with government aid. Put the question another way, and the answer is self-evident: Why would a company that's in bed with the government want the government to have more control over its industry? [continue reading]