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    "Competition is good for consumers" Is that what the AT&T deal indicates?

    "Competition is good for consumers because it keeps prices low and increases the quality and choices available, but itís hard work for businesses. They have to fight for customers by innovating and evolving in ways that consumers demand. It isnít surprising, but it is sad that, to avoid the gritty work of fighting it out in a free market, organized private interests ó such as Louisianaís licensed funeral directors ó lobby the government for special regulations, preferential tax treatment, and laws that freeze out competition. They lobby lawmakers to constrain the same free markets in which they originally achieved success. And sadly, the government is more than happy to serve these special interests."
    https://www.nationalreview.com/corne...nique-de-rugy/


    Is it "state cronyism" or business cronyism? How does the "state" aid businesses that don't first, have a desire to do what they come to/lobby "the state" for? Is it "the state's" idea to put competition out of business or those who compete in the same industry who come to "the state" to plead for help from "the state" to put their competition out of business?


    AT&Tís Victory Is a Big Setback for Merger Enforcement
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...er-enforcement


    Anyone remember this?

    Aetna Threatened to Quit Obamacare If Deal Blocked by U.S.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...d-letter-shows




    So can someone tell America again, how the swamp, has been drained, not simply doubled or tripled in size, by the actions of the current administration?

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    you can add Seattle revoking their latest business tax on Amazon's "demand".

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoVsMatrix View Post
    you can add Seattle revoking their latest business tax on Amazon's "demand".
    Yes.

    The question, still remains. Is there "state" (local, state or federal) "collusion/cronyism" IF there is no corporate lobbying "the state" to support them?

    I find what be found to be oxymoron or hypocrisy in support for two opposing ideas or in such examples of the suggestion that "the state" (government) is to blame, for corporations that seek government help to gang up on their competition. How does the corporate world lobby government, get support or concessions from government to go after those in their own corporate world or do things like humongous mergers or buyouts, then call for LESS government and bash government, at the same time?

    In the "conservative" National Review article the title and the body of the article suggest that government is the corny, NOT the crony corporations that SOUGHT help from the government to put a competitor OUT of business? I guess what I saying, questioning is, who initiated government involvement in the first place and why? Certainly, the thought of trying to put one competitor out of business to the favor of those that would remain, did not originate with "government" or "the state".

    Put this concept that "competition is good for consumers", so often forwarded by "conservatives" and "conservative" groups on a global scale. How does one promote that idea, while at the same time supporting an "America First" policy???

    Is this yet one more example of a shell game presented to Americans who fooled into believing they have followed the pea? Slight of hand and fast talking are used to describe con artistry. Distract people from keeping their eye on what they should be keeping their eye on and you can pick their pockets and separate them from their money in all kinds of ways.

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