Skip to comments.How Hatch forced Microsoft to play K Street's game
Posted on 06/25/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT by C19fan
"If you want to get involved in business," Sen. Orrin Hatch warned technology companies at a conference in 2000, "you should get involved in politics."
Hatch was referring to the shortcomings of then-software king Microsoft, which he had spent most of the previous decade harassing from his perch as Judiciary Committee chairman. The message was clear: If you become successful, you must hire lobbyists, you must start a political action committee, and you must donate to politicians. Otherwise Washington will make your life very difficult.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
“Every year, the outlaws swing out of the trees, rob the merchants and ride back to Washington D.C. for a glorious feast over the stolen goods, which they may in some small way share with a few peasants, to secure their support. “
Pay to play.
I don’t see why corporation don’t send this message, “Screw with us and we’ll spend millions on your opponent!”
HAND OVER YOUR MONEY OR ELSE!
Larkin glanced away, as if debating something in his mind. After a while, he asked cautiously, "How is your man in Washington?"
"Okay, I guess."
"You ought to be sure of it. It's important." He looked up at Rearden, and repeated with a kind of stressed insistence, as if discharging a painful moral duty, "Hank, it's very important."
"I suppose so."
"In fact, that's what I came here to tell you."
"For any special reason?"
Larkin considered it and decided that the duty was discharged. "No," he said.
Rearden disliked the subject. He knew that it was necessary to have a man to protect him from the legislature; all industrialists had to employ such men. But he had never given much attention to this aspect of his business; he could not quite convince himself that it was necessary.
Is that why MicroSoft give most of its political contributions to Democrats and Democrat causes? 90% +
The gov’t ARE the outlaws.
I’m not saying Hatch and the rest of gov’t aren’t gangsters but little Bill is no sweetheart himself, he’s heavy into vaccines and Monsanto. He came by his passion for eugenics naturally as his daddy was on the board of Planned Parenthood.
Yes. The mobsters dress better, have more class, and better ethics...
By Paula Rooney & Darryl K. Taft, CRN
June 22, 2000 6:59 PM ET
Today, WordPerfect is gone as a company and Novell is down to about 2,000 employees. A big reason: Microsoft, the conqueror of the word processing and PC network software markets.
Yet a handful of Utahns,including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ray Noorda, former Novell chairman and president of The Canopy Group, a Provo venture capital firm,didn't overlook who fostered the decline of their state's IT prominence. And without their prodding, the Microsoft antitrust case and subsequent court-ordered breakup, now being directed toward the Supreme Court, might never have happened.
Hatch is a mobster shakedown thug just like all the other "politicians".
Hasn’t Palin endorsed this guy Hatch?
I will say it again, If Microsoft would have immediately apologized and admitted to their uncompetitive ways, something like:
Dear Mr President and Congress I am very sorry for the way my company has acted with regards to competition and antitrust laws, therefore as of Today I am selling off ALL MY STOCK in Microsoft, I will then sell ALL ASSETS of microsoft and distribute them equally to all of my faithful employees, then the doors will be closed forever. Windows and Microsoft is hereby out of business forever and we are all retiring. Thank You for pointing out our anti-competitive ways in the business world.
A statement like this would have STOPPED them COLD, not to mention the immediate CRASH of the Stock Market, every last Politician would have been begging to stop this lawsuit, while graveling at the feet of Bill Gates.
Politicians are rent seekers, too, in the activist Mafia sense. They seed rents as Protection money.
Tomorrow is the primary in Utah.
Last one of this season.
You can support the man running against Hatch if you want. Send him some money today.
I think his name is spelled Lindquist.
"We will move our corporate headquarters 20 miles north to Vancouver. Moreover, we will discontinue ALL support to ANY government entity that uses our products. Have a nice day."