Secondly, it's a bit off topic but Boeing already shot themselves in the foot because the Lion Air accident exposed that they did not adequately alert crews as to the intricacies of the MCAS on the new aircraft.
You see in others what you know about yourself.
The US as conjoinment of government and corporations has subverted most every designed to be neutral agency on a national and international level towards taking advantage on a path to attaining full spectrum dominance. ( same happens locally. subverting the neutral constitutional and legal frame work as a common working environment for taking partisan advantage. full spectrum warfare. there no longer is a "loyal opposition" around. )
THIS is so spot on. I don't work in aviation, but I do work in a highly regulated industry and I have a front row seat to how "regulation" works in that industry. Small- and mid-size companies are encumbered AT ALL TIMES by regulators who ask for every business transaction and every communication with clients and prospective clients. That data gets sifted until they find ten out of millions of items and then effectively blackmail firms by saying they will levy fine X unless the firm settles for Y for an infraction that is entirely made up (sometimes claiming standard business practices that have been viable, legal and widely practiced for over 100 years are all of a sudden not). If small players need help or guidance from regulators, they have to reach out to Washington where we have a new Junior case worker every few months who NEEDS to score wins to get promoted (read...they are generally not trying to help you).
In the meantime, LARGE firms have designated staff of the regulators sitting in their offices and they function as defacto employees of said large corporations. It goes without saying that when those regulators/agents get a request from the company that houses them, that the requests are often rubberstamped and even if they are not, enforcement is so lenient that incurring fines can often be a less expensive strategy than to not engage in certain business practices. If you ever went to an industry regulatory conference in Washington, it would be very obvious that EVERY high-level compliance officer of the large companies is a prior supervisor or executive of the industry regulator. So it is clear IMO that those folks are hired to buy influence in the agency they helped supervise before entering private industry.
But apart from the large corporations owning the regulators, the system also ensures that the large corporations can use the regulator to encumber smaller and more nimble players and new entrants from becoming big in the first place by tying them up in never-ending compliance challenges (and costs) to behaviors that the large corps engage in daily without the same repercussions. The game here in the US is rigged greatly if you work in a highly regulated industry.
It is through this lens that I look at the cozy relationship between Boeing and the FAA and it is not surprising to see that the revolving door between private and public life is finally causing problems for both.