(ReliableNews.org) – US corporations have been getting more and more involved in the political system in this country. Recently, a lot of attention has been focused on Georgia’s controversial election security law. When Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed the new law, a few major corporations spoke out against the state’s direction, and even started retaliating in unprecedented ways. Now, Republicans are fighting back to ensure the American people’s voices aren’t drowned out by big tech power and money.
Hawley Takes Action
On Monday, April 12, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) “introduced the Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act.” His bill takes on “woke mega-corporations” that control the products people buy, the speech they engage in, and the information they receive. The senator’s bill will do the following:
- Prohibit Facebook from buying startup companies that later could become its rival to prevent the social media giant from monopolizing the market further.
- Ban acquisitions and mergers by companies that have a market capitalization of more than $100 billion.
- Reform existing laws to make it easier to breakup dominant firms.
- Force tech companies to disclose when they are giving themselves special priority in search results.
- Increase antitrust penalties.
- Make a clarification that “‘vertical’ mergers are not exempt from antitrust scrutiny.”
- Reform the system for evaluating antitrust cases.
Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning said that Hawley was “100 percent correct” and said that Big Tech is nothing “less than a cartel.” He explained that they proved that when a number of companies colluded and tried to “destroy the Parler platform’s ability to exist.”
Mike Davis, the founder and president of the Internet Accountability Project (IAP), released a statement calling it a “commonsense bill” that the US “desperately needs.”
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely the Democratic Party will ever allow the bill to pass, not while they are in charge. If the GOP really wants to do something, it needs to take back Congress and the White House in the next two federal elections. Hopefully, this proposal and other conservative movements will get the attention of voters to bring about that change.
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