3506 Sunrise Drive West
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Eric Schmidt, CEO

Google Corporation
111 Eighth Avenue
New York, New York 10011

Dear Mr. Schmidt:

I have never experienced a degradation of my opinion of anything or anybody as abruptly and completely as I have when I learned that Google is giving great wads of money to Senator Inhofe and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, world leaders in the denial of climate change.  Wow.  I was pleased and amused to see your “Don’t Be Evil” corporate mission, but now I know it was all a ruse to sucker in people like me.  Now I know that you are as indifferent to the welfare of anybody but your stock holders as any other corporation.

Giving money to people like Inhofe is more than evil.  It is bad enough that he clings to ignorance about climate change as much as he does, but he uses his power to promote ignorance in many other people.  But it is the banality of your participation that makes you so horrible now.  Giving money to Inhofe says that you don’t care about the truth; worse, you are willing to subsidize what you know is simple stupidity for some secret corporate objective.

I don’t even know what to do.

Grimly,

Chris Sullivan

3506 Sunrise Drive West
Minnetonka, MN, 55345

April 23, 2012

Congressman Erik Paulsen
126 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Paulsen:

You’re a smart guy, Erik.  You should be able to get this.

What is the very first thing a businessperson asks when he is thinking about a new enterprise?  The answer: Is there demand for the proposed service or product?  He doesn’t say, is there capital available?  No, both of us know that demand must be ascertained before the venture seeks capital.  Therefore, it is a lie to call the rich “job creators.”  The real job creators are the people who actually do work that produces wealth, the teachers, the cab drivers, the prostitutes, the machinists, and the seamstresses.  They will spend it on groceries, rent, the dentist, and the other things real people need.  Those transactions are demand, the engine of economic growth.

What the rich do with their extra money, which is the definition of being rich, having extra money, is invest it in speculation.  Right now, that means they are investing in copper, oil, and platinum, among other commodities.  They are driving up the prices for the rest of us, which means they are destroying jobs, not creating them.  High prices mean fewer transactions which mean fewer jobs.  Econ 101. 

So please stop using the phrase “job creators.” And please ask the leadership of your party to stop using the phrase.  Not only is it a lie, but it reminds us that the only constituents you care about are those that give you some of their extra money, the rich.

Please.

Sincerely,

Chris Sullivan