Thursday, February 01, 2007


When bending over backwards for big business, it's best to keep all orifices tightly covered.

Comes out in this a.m.'s N&O that Google bullied and threatened people in the state legislature in order to get "tax breaks that could top $100 million over three decades."

Most revealing quote in the article comes from Sen. Jim Jacumin, a Republican who represents Caldwell County: "I sort of had to work in the dark. That bothered me. They need to respect the laws of the land, even if they're business."

Wait a minute. "Even if they're business"?! The presumption being that, hey, we Republicans know all about American business interests, that they expect to write the laws, or at the very least bend the law to their will, but in this instance, Google needed to show a little respect.

Not that legislative Democrats aren't even more to blame for getting down on all fours and barking like a pooch.

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