In the Matter of Staples/Essendant, Inc., File No. 1810180
I OPPOSE all mergers and buyouts where the result is reduced competition between businesses, lower wages for employees, less variety for customers, less local control, and a greater likelihood of layoffs and closures. I OPPOSE all moves towards monopolies, and I think the most mega-mergers ought to be reversed. Since private equity funds produce no products or services and only serve as parasites and scavengers, they ought to be strictly regulated until We The People finally outlaw them.