|That's right, Pete.|
In the bigger scheme of things, this is all quite interesting.
Does anyone remember, maybe last year, Bill Gates giving a speech about the importance of government initiatives in technology or some other related field? Maybe his speech also related to helping other nations, financially. At the time I was disgusted that Gates, the planet's richest individual, was spouting such nonsense, especially since Microsoft had been subject to vicious attacks & regulations by the Feds & the Europeans.
When Microsoft started becoming dominant in the market it was it's competitors that were the loudest criers for regulation.
The lesson here is that government doesn't only corrupt those who dwell within it but also those that are regulated by it.
If we compare this to Atlas Shrugged we can see that Microsoft & Walmart, et al, may end up being the Orren Boyles of the future and not the Hank Reardens or Ellis Wyatts as we may once have imagined.
In the last day or two, the wolves have been chomping at the heels of Exxon-Mobil for it's massive profit. At least those guys seem to have a bit more backbone... for the time being.