NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the European Union's contention (and possibly the Federal Trade Commission's, too) that Google (GOOG - Get Report) needs regulator involvement before it can display any content on its site.We live in a world where the nearest search engine competition is only a click away; yet, some bureaucrat made the decision to hold Google's feet to the fire. The leading search engine is apparently agreeing to display competitor content within its search results to appease the bloodsuckers.
To be totally objective, the regulators have a thankless job. Think how embarrassing it must be for them to meet new people. The conversation probably develops along the lines of, "Oh, what do I do for a living? Well, I seek out the most productive and accessible Web sites and harass them into supporting other sites that people don't want to use." If I were a regulator, I wouldn't be able to shave because it would be too hard to look at myself in the mirror. It's one thing to say that consumers need regulators because barriers to entry prevent competition -- we all understand that. But it's a whole different discourse to declare that if too many users favor a Web site, it's unhealthy for all users. Regulators, leave Google and their users alone. At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @RobertWeinstein This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.