And then they think they can keep growing the monster as well. Throwing in further checkpoints, and monitoring systems, to keep bad behavior within limits the owners of Capital have laughed at for decades. "Greed is good," as a once famous financier once said. It must be because these folks are making counters like never before, and it aint because we've succeeded in stopping them from being naughty. Too many ways to corrupt now, with too many counters to do it with; and a whole lot of addiction to keep the electrons flowing without even the need of hard copy output at all any more. What a deal.
[Post Note: This article about the EPA illustrates what William Greider made clear in his work on Capitalism; namely that even when you get legislation passed to control the actions of Big Money, it will always come back to mitigate, underfund, or alter any new rules. And let's be clear here, it's not just because of the greed. It is also because the fundamental insanity of Capitalism demands it; if for no other reason than the simple fact that it does little good to develop new cutting edge products if you can't throw them into the competitive fray in a timely manner. That this might cause other problems down the road is irrelevant to this obsolete operating system. J.V.]