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Occupy Wall Street founder wants Eric Schmidt made CEO of US

Justine Tunney has started a petition to get Barack Obama out of the White House and replaced by Google's executive chairman.

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The co-founder of Occupy Wall Street wants US President Barack Obama to resign and make Eric Schmidt CEO of America, as well as transfer all administrative government power to the tech industry.

"Mister Obama, I have the utmost respect for you Sir," wrote Justine Tunney on the White House's petitions website. "But I'm afraid you're fighting a battle that can't be won. The Washington regime has become incompetent over the years... I think it's time for a peaceful change."

Tunney, a Google engineer, wants a national referendum that would allow Americans to vote whether to retire all government employees with full pensions, transfer the government's administrative authority to the tech industry, and appoint Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt as CEO of America.

The petition faces multiple complications, the most obvious of which is that the United States does not have a national CEO. It does not conduct national referendums. American government agencies are notoriously hard to kill.

Most importantly, rule by the private sector would require dissolving the government. Americans would almost certainly reject this.

At the time of writing, the petition has 22 signatures. It has a way to go before it reaches its 18 April goal of 100,000 supporters.

"Only ten petition signatures guys? Despite media coverage? Really? I guess no one wants wants [sic] best for America," Tunney tweeted.

She is not alone in asserting Silicon Valley's supremacy over Washington, D.C. Many people working in tech simply don't care what happens in politics.

Tunney helped create occupywallst.org and the Occupy Wall Street Twitter account. She bills herself as a "champagne tranarchist."

Occupy Wall Street began in New York City's Zuccotti Park as a way to protest a variety of causes. It spread quickly through social media and news. Tunney claims she helped start the movement.

The Google engineer is a persistent advocate for her company, calling it the only one she didn't hate. Pando Daily writer Yasha Levine called her "an astroturfer par excellence for the company, including showing up in a comment section to bash my reporting on Google's vast for-profit surveillance operation."

Despite claiming deep involvement with the Occupy Wall Street, other members resent her for disputes over control of OWS online resources. The Daily Beast and OccupyWallStreet.net recount conflicts among former Occupiers and Tunney.

"We always knew she was trouble," Occupy activist Shawn Carri told Buzzfeed. "I should've taken [@OccupyWallSt] away when I had the password."

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