Bloomberg News notices that Google is advertising for an antitrust lawyer. More:
Google hired Stewart Jeffries, formerly an antitrust counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, at its Washington office in February. Sara Walsh joined Google's competition team at headquarters from the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in New York in October, according to her Linkedin profile.
"We've been steadily hiring lawyers in all areas," said Google spokesman Adam Kovacevich.
Nothing against lawyers, who include some fine folk and who perform some valuable functions in our society. But what's be better for Google's long-term growth and for the American economy — if the company were hiring programmers or software engineers to build new products or improve its existing ones, or if the company is instead hiring antitrust lawyers to fight with government antitrust lawyers?
Disclosure: I own some shares of Google.