Pretty much, yes. At least "they" effectively stopped the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. There was pretty much no common sense argument for allowing that.
That is completely false, and the result wrongheaded thinking. In most cases, government intervention ("regulation") is the cause of problems. This is not to say that we should end all regulation, of course. But in so many cases, the government ends up stifling innovation. Ask many people why the economy nearly collapsed in 2008, and if you don't get "Bush" you'll get "deregulation." In fact, the oppose is true. The government started meddling in the markets with Community Reinvestment Act in 1970s, and expanded that meddling with it's re-authorization in the 1990s. Banks were forced to make questionable loans ('sub primes") by the government, which in turn was being shaken down by the likes of Jesse Jackson et al. The result? A subprime mortgage crisis that infected nearly the entire economy. I'm not trying to get political here, but in all seriousness..."deregulation" is not the issue.
Just a word of thanks for being an evenhanded mod, Jeff. I agree with you after having read both posts.