Sounds a bit like OPEC saying: "Don't completely depend on us for oil". Yet, the world does. But that's the real world.
But then you got your professional nay-sayers saying: "A real webmaster would squeeze his oil from an olive tree".
Adam, we may sound a bit harsh at time, but please understand that we're just the bearers of bad tidings. Beneath our whining there are multiple layers of discontentment of users (and even non-users) that don't post to SEO forums. It has become clear, and Mr Schmidt has confirmed this, that Google disagrees.
Of course you can't blame Google for wanting a monopoly, and as someone said: "It isn't about Google, it's about competition". If it's a competition problem, then it's a Yahoo problem and MSN problem as much (or more) as it's a Google problem.
Let Google's history take it's course and then we'll see...