"I think it's unfortunate, but if the individual companies see their competitors feeding at the public trough, they're going to try to do the same thing themselves."

He also doesn't blame St. Louis Circuit Judge Kenneth M. Romines, who lambasted Des Peres' Board of Alderman even as he was ruling in their favor. Romines said he was legally confined to determining whether the board acted "arbitrarily or with fraud, collusion or bad faith," and he found it had not.

But he added that the board acted "seemingly as a bank board of directors, as opposed to acting as a legislative body with police powers."

Weidenbaum said Romines' comments were "nice."

"It shows we critics are on the side of the angels."

And on the side of the true liberals. And on the side of the true conservatives.

All together for once.

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