Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Better Left Unsaid 

There are times when one should hold his temper and not say what he is thinking.   This is one.  AT&T, whether it likes it or not, has to work with the same regulators in the future who denied its merger with T-Mobile. Bad-mouthing them in public is a great way to destroy any working relationship left between the company and the FCC.  Assuming AT&T will want to merge with another company in the future, what then?  Will AT&T's Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs send candy and flowers and say he really didn't mean it?  Bureaucrats can have long memories, and they know their power to say no.  There was no need for AT&T to pop off as it did.  It was not going to bring the failed merger back -- and even if it did, AT&T is not the company that will effect it.  AT&T's lobbyist should have done what President Harry Truman used to do.  Truman would write scathing letters to people he disliked then not send them.  He put them in his files where they were found years later after he had long left office.  


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