I’m such a hopeless romantic

Here, I thought the Department of Justice didn’t take up an anti-trust case against Google’s online search prowess because the case doesn’t have merit.

After all, folks can choose to use any search they want with a couple clicks of the mouse. All, or most, search services are free to customer.

The fact that Google does such a disproportionate number of searches than competitors is more likely evidence that it delivers what searchers are searching for rather than strong-arming competition.

Alas…I should have known better.

The Wall Street Journal reported today (or perhaps opined) that Google’s $25 million of lobbying was money well spent to keep the government off its back.

Now, I won’t be surprised when politicians and government bureaucrats migrate to Google for plum jobs. Greasing skids is a growth industry.

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Is there something wrong with the Administration’s Constitutional vision? Ilya Shapiro thinks so. In the Wall Street Journal, he highlights three recent Supreme Court decisions holding government within the limits of the Constitution. What surprised me is that two of the decisions were unanimous.

From the piece:

As the world awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling on ObamaCare, there’s a larger story that the pundits are missing: the court’s rejection of the Obama administration’s increasingly extreme claims on behalf of unlimited federal power.

This term alone, the high court has ruled unanimously against the government on religious liberty, criminal procedure and property rights. When the administration can’t get even a single one of the liberal justices to agree with it in these unrelated areas of the law, that’s a sign there’s something wrong with its constitutional vision.

I couldn’t agree more with Luigi Zingales’ observation, also in the Wall Street Journal, that increasingly the most talented aren’t getting ahead in the U.S. due to early stage crony cancerism.