Rep. Jim Jordan & Mark Meadows: Big Tech Merged With Big Government – Radical Dems Bills Would Transform America
The radical left is currently hard at work rewriting our laws and remaking the American economy in the image of their awakened worldview.
Congressional Democrats have set themselves a goal of transforming America’s biggest tech companies. While Republicans rightly have serious concerns about Big Tech abuse, Republicans should be very skeptical of this Democrat-led effort.
Just days ago, some of the more progressive House Democrats – including several leaders in the impeachment attempts against President Trump – dropped a set of bills that would allow the Biden administration to command and control Big Tech with an uncontrolled iron fist.
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Make no mistake, Big Tech is looking for conservatives and needs to be brought under control. But these bills do nothing to combat anti-conservative biases and Big Tech censorship. These Democratic bills will only make matters worse. If you think Big Tech is bad now, wait until Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are colluding with Big Government.
Democrats have cleverly tried to recruit Republicans to push their bills through as a serious and uncontroversial bipartisan effort. But a close examination of these bills shows them for what they are: a clear and present danger to freedom.
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Some of the Democrats’ bills are worse than others – Democrats know this, which is why they separated them – but taken as a whole, these bills would wreak bureaucratic havoc on conservative values, speech and free enterprise.
Antitrust law is complicated and foreign to most people. Democrats are militarizing Republicans’ legitimate anger at Big Tech abuse to encourage Republicans to support these bills. But Republicans should read the fine print.
Let us look at what some bills actually do.
One tells big tech companies that if they want to invest in other companies, they will be subject to further scrutiny. In theory, that sounds like a good idea. But that legislation says companies can still buy other companies, as long as they get permission from Biden bureaucrats first.
Imagine the world’s largest corporations needing to appease their awakened overlords in the Biden administration before funding a new startup. Remember when Tea Party groups were sidelined by Lois Lerner at the IRS? Remember when the Obama-Biden administration armed the Justice Department to target the Trump campaign? This bill creates all the incentives for Big Tech to take similar anti-conservative action on behalf of the big government.
Two of the other bills give the same Biden regulators the ability to sculpt the structure, lines of business and conduct of those companies. Amazon wants to continue offering Prime movies? The bureaucracy has to say it’s OK. Apple wants to keep selling a watch that lets you get Talk on it notifications? Only if the nanny approves it.
The radical left sees antitrust law as its vehicle for fundamentally transforming America.
The creepiest bill sets up secretive committees at the Federal Trade Commission that would manage the data practices of the biggest tech companies. These committees would include members of the targeted companies (i.e. Google, Facebook), their competitors, a “competition or privacy organization” (i.e. groups like Planned Parenthood) and academics (think Elizabeth Warren’s sidekicks).
Not only that, but this new law – masked as a harmless attempt to make data “portable” and “interoperable” – would open up our data systems in ways that could make them more vulnerable to snooping.
The radical left sees antitrust law as its vehicle for fundamentally transforming America. And they said it. Democratic Federal Trade Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter, former adviser to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., called for “the deployment of resources to prioritize investigations that address systemic racism” and the use of the law antitrust “to combat racist practices”.
It’s a safe bet that the Biden regulatory framework envisioned in these bills will not address Republican concerns.
New Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Lina Khan previously worked for impeachment officials Jerry Nadler and David Cicillin as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. There, Khan helped lead the Democratic effort to develop these bills. Prior to working for Nadler and Cicillin, Khan was legal director of the Open Markets Institute, a far-left think tank founded by George Soros. While a third Democratic commissioner has yet to be announced, you can be sure Biden’s candidate has never been to a Trump rally.
These bills threaten to undo one of President Trump’s conservative legacies. Remember how Trump reshaped the federal court system with hundreds of new federal judges to control the irresponsible administrative state? These bills would remove the power of these new judges by granting unprecedented power and deference to the regulatory agencies managed by Biden.
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We all agree: Big Tech is looking to get conservatives. But the answer is not to marry Big Tech with Big Government. These proposals would constitute a takeover of our economy by the awakened elites and leaders of the so-called Hipster antitrust movement. Worse yet, these bills would do nothing to combat anti-conservative biases and censorship in Big Tech.
We need to curb the abuse of Big Techs and make sure they can’t continue to silence conservative rhetoric online. Our plan is to remove and break their liability protections.
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Mark Meadows served as White House chief of staff from 2020-21 during the Trump administration. He represented the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina from 2013 to 2020 and chaired the House Freedom Caucus from 2017 to 2019.