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Google is a close ally of the President and he's not above plugging it's social network

President Obama is perhaps the most technology-savvy president to date.  While the POTUS (President of the United States) has made plenty of controversial stands [1][2][3] over his presidency, he has made some changes that should be unilaterally welcomed and commended, such as the We the People White House webpage [press release], which allows citizens to create petitions directed at the White House and Congress.

The President has a special love for Google Inc. (GOOG), whom he appointed his official "video secretary".  Aside from broadcasting State of the Union addresses on YouTube, something that would surely give the Founding Fathers cause to chuckle, and pushing legislation via YouTube, he's also gotten into Google+ of late.

Google+ is Google's social network rival to the ubiquitous Facebook.  Unlike the Facebook's privacy-be-you-know-what policies, Google+ focuses on discretely sharing content with select circles of friends.

Today at 5:30 President Obama will host a "hangout" answering questions he's received in the past couple weeks on his YouTube channel.  

Google+ Hangout
A Google+ Hangout [Image Source: webbROI]

The President promises to answer the top rated questions, but the chat will likely provoke controversy, if previous chats on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are any indication.  In those prior sessions some accused the President of dodging the highest rated questions -- many of which were admittedly "tough" -- instead cherry-picking "layup" questions that were easy to answer and/or made him look good.

The President's support of Google also raises some eyebrows given Google's clever use of the "Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich" (legal) tax evasion strategies, funneling money through Ireland, the Netherlands and Bermuda, courtesy of federal loopholes, to avoid paying federal income taxes on its profits.  These strategies reportedly saved Google $1B USD in 2011 and cut the company's effective tax rate to 18.8 percent, far less than the standard 35-40 most small businesses pay on earnings.

Google officially raised almost a million dollars for the President's election bid.

This follows in the line of other key corporate friends of the President, such as General Electric Comp. (GE) -- a more extreme tax evader who made $14B USD in profit in 2010, yet received a tax refund of $3.2B USD back from the federal government.  Obama appointed GE CEO Jeff Immelt to lead his jobs board -- which helps decide federal tax policy -- also in 2010.

Obama also appointed John Doerr and (Intel Corp. (INTC) CEO) Paul Otellini to his jobs council -- both of whom are board members at Google.

Google is known for its informal corporate motto "Don't be evil."

Sources: Google+, Bloomberg, CNN

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RE: blah blah blah
By Reclaimer77 on 1/30/2012 9:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
Fourthly, I disagree with his stance on illegal immigration. Sorry, I feel that if someone has been living in this country for twenty years, providing for their families while running a legitimate business that benefits the community, they should instead have the option to pay a fine and then go through the normal procedures to become a citizen. My relatives were all immigrants and so were millions of other Americans. I have absolutely no hatred towards our Mexican neighbors and actually respect the hard work they go through to live and support their families. I think they should be forced to pay taxes and those that do not should face appropriate measures and penalties.

Blastman, that means they've been breaking the law, several laws actually, for 20 years. That also means 20 years of paying no taxes most likely. That's behavior you want to reward? What kind of message does that send, and what kind of citizens are they going to be anyway if they cannot respect our country and it's laws?

Damn right many of our families came from other countries. Mine did, matter of fact. But it was done the right and legal way. My grandfathers first action in America was NOT breaking the law. Is that too much to ask of everyone? Apparently so...

RE: blah blah blah
By MrBlastman on 1/31/2012 12:43:46 AM , Rating: 2
I don't want to reward it--but, for those who have shown they manage to produce in society for 20 years... legitimately produce, then perhaps a penalty/fine--something. I can understand their plight and where they are coming from so I have a hard time faulting them for trying to better their lives.

It's a tough subject that I've thought a lot about. I used to listen to all the hatred spewed on the tube by the likes of Orelly and Hnity (filter) but after much thought, I found that the only way to truly look at it was by trying to put myself in their garment for feet (filter).

Now, I can't exactly do that, right? So the best I could come up with was trying to imagine what it is like to be in them. What would you do if you were them? Would you accept the reality of you not being able to do anything in Mexico while your families are threatened by drug overlords and corrupt police... or would you take a shot and try and do something better for them by coming over here?

I argue that if they prove they can be legitimate produces for our society... i.e. working for many years that can be "documented" through say word of mouth, community involvement... something more than just receiving a paycheck--then yeah, maybe they do deserve some form of a shot. What if they started a business and ran it for years for example?

Or--what if they served in our armed forces. I believe the simplest test for citizenship is service in the military. If anyone serves in a nations military in my eyes they are worthy of citizenship. Treat it like it were back in Roman times. If you lay your life on the line for your country, you should be an equal to your peers at the least, right?

So some form of penalty should be placed on them. I wouldn't go so far to say deport them all. It needs to be handled as I see it on a case by case basis. Like it or not, Mexicans are becoming a big reality to our nation. I learned Spanish years ago in school--took it for eight years. I'm glad I did rather than French, German or many other subjects. Where I live, hispanics are extremely common.

I don't want to reward criminality. However, what I do want to encourage is proper, orderly and productive integration into our society.

RE: blah blah blah
By Spuke on 1/31/2012 9:41:11 AM , Rating: 3
I don't want to reward criminality. However, what I do want to encourage is proper, orderly and productive integration into our society.
Given what you've said, how is giving them citizenship NOT rewarding criminality?

RE: blah blah blah
By MrBlastman on 1/31/2012 11:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
Productive Integration. That's the key here. It is one thing to come to America, work odd jobs and send your money back overseas. It is another to come to America, start a business, employ others (even if it isn't completely kosher), become involved in your community etc. and raise a family. That's the difference I'm talking about for simplicity's sake.

Have you ever look at how hard it is to get a visa if you were a Mexican?

To become a naturalized citizen, you must first live in America for five years under a visa. That is, unless you join the Military, get married or a few other things. The majority of people are going to have to get a visa and work.

It is _hard_ to get that visa. Read the page, read the steps. It is neigh impossible for the average Mexican to get one--assuming they can comprehend the requirements due to their lack of education.

From all I read and see, Mexico is a broken country. A desert of lost dreams, empty hope and burned out solidarity. I know this is not completely true as I know some successful Mexicans in their own country but this is easily an exception to the rule. The wealth gap in America is broad but it is nothing like it is there.

So, what we have is a mass exodus of people looking for hope. Many of these people will not fall within the "productive integration" category, but some will. Those that do I think should be given a chance to make amends for their less than legal means of entry to continue providing what they have for years to our great country.

RE: blah blah blah
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2012 11:51:41 AM , Rating: 1
Have you ever look at how hard it is to get a visa if you were a Mexican?

It has to be. Blastman you write as if we can sustain unlimited numbers of immigrants. Or just an unlimited population in general. We can't. Some would argue we've already reached the tipping point on immigrant numbers. With tens of millions of people living here, using our services, while not paying taxes and sending a lot of their money back to Mexico to their families. This hurts our economy and isn't fair to the legal citizens of this nation.

You aren't arguing for immigration reform. You're flat out talking about a wide open border.

RE: blah blah blah
By MrBlastman on 1/31/2012 12:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
You aren't arguing for immigration reform. You're flat out talking about a wide open border.

I'm not at all. This is what I said:

Many of these people will not fall within the "productive integration" category, but some will.

The net result will be a much smaller figure than we see now.

RE: blah blah blah
By thurston2 on 1/31/2012 10:18:29 AM , Rating: 2
So the best I could come up with was trying to imagine what it is like to be in them.

You have just earned my respect. Reclaimer77 is not capable of such an advanced thought process.

RE: blah blah blah
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2012 11:41:23 AM , Rating: 2
Okay well DT will NOT let me post my reply to you about this issue man. I don't get it.

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