Let Mergers Take Place
By David Holcberg (USA Today, July 30, 2008)
The government has no business interfering in mergers such as the one between Sirius and XM Satellite Radio, which was approved Friday. Mergers are a legitimate business strategy to gain customers, increase sales, raise productivity and boost profit ("Sirius-XM radio deal closes in on FCC approval," Money, Thursday).
When government limits the ability of media companies to publish or broadcast their content, it violates their free speech rights protected under the First Amendment. Such limits do not protect free speech. They infringe on it.
All companies have a moral right--and should have the legal right--to decide whether to merge and should be free to act on, and profit from, this decision.