I'd like to be a fly on the wall at some of the *AA's meetings. I imagine it goes something like this:
Director: "Folks, things are looking grim, profits are down and our market is shrinking. We need ideas people, we need to move forward! Our old business model just doesn't work anymore: we need to bring this industry into the new millenium, how do we do it?"
*sound of rusty gears turning*
Random Schlub: "I've got it! What about this: we lobby the government to make it illegal for people to not give us money?"
Director: "It's PERFECT!"