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Ted Disante of Tucson wrote an interesting note about this item from last week, which referred to Washington as a gigantic lobbying operation:
Here’s an additional tidbit to support your POV. Recall when Microsoft was a de facto monopoly in the 1980s-90s and DC (acting not unlike an organized crime family) started saying the equivalent of: “Nice little business you have there. Too bad if something were to happen to it.” So the Department of Justice established anti-monopoly proceedings against it; a legal battle ensued; Microsoft eventually established a presence in DC, creating a lobbying program, hiring ex-legislators and the like to spread around cash and favors; a settlement was then reached under the Bush administration, requiring some money and gifts of software, but a lot less than originally asked for. In effect, DC demanded and received their cream off the top and eventually got it.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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