I feel that this is strictly a diversion, and the decisions have already been
made in the back room.
Yes, I agree that the Senators may not really be swayed by what is said in these hearing the hearing can influence public opinion which the Senators do listen to.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman