Microsoft Monitor: Closed Debate on Open Standards

It really scares the hell out of me when a technologist gets the ear of a politician. Sometimes the results are just funny, like when Senator Chuckie Schumer (NY-D) starts talking about viruses. But other times the results seem to be geared towards encoding in law the particular biases of the tech staffer.
Over at Microsoft Monitor(a Jupiter Research weblog) Joe Wilcox commends on last weeks decision by the peoples republic of Massachusetts to only support “open” standards. In spite of all the news articles this is currently a proposal and it is public comment period. Also back in January there was a speech where Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word were listed as open standards.