Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a 2020 presidential candidate, wants to bring back the Office of Technology Assessment, a 1970’s era government program, which she says will help lawmakers understand plans proposed by Big Tech and its lobbyists.
“Lobbyists are filling in the gaps in congressional resources and expertise by providing Congress information from the perspective of their paying corporate clients. So let’s fix it,” Warren reportedly said.
In other words, Congress cannot keep up with the rapidly-moving tech industry, and the industry’s lobbyists are running laps around the simpletons in Congress.
“It’s one of the key planks in Warren’s latest policy proposal and an attempt to tip the scales against corporations and their lobbyists. With the move, Warren clearly has her eye on technology companies and their representatives, who often are the very people congressional lawmakers rely on to explain how rule-making would impact their industries,” TechCrunch said.
Warren argued that Congress simply does not have the resources to deal with Big Tech, and thus, an independent office to assess proposed legislation would be a net benefit.
But consider the potentially massive downsides.
The political left is known for using governmental power against conservatives – not in the interest of the American people. A government office created specifically for the purpose of addressing Big Tech, which is already known for its anti-conservative bias, could be a disaster.
Take net neutrality as an example. A government office under leftist control would have, under no circumstances, ended net neutrality, regardless of whether it was an objectively positive move for the American people.
Likewise – and this seems to be the direction in which we are headed – Big Tech is itching to command the language and thoughts that can and cannot be expressed on its platforms. This is evidenced by the fact that our own Laura Loomer has been banned from nearly every tech giant simply for harboring ordinary conservative opinions. Other conservative influencers continue to deal with the same issues faced by Loomer on nearly a daily basis.
Just imagine what would happen in a scenario when Big Tech asked a supposed “independent” governmental organization to assess plans to label ordinary conservative ideas “hate speech.” Under leftist government, the “independent” organization would likely jump at the opportunity to help Big Tech censor its political opponents.
Still, Warren thinks bringing back a technology assessment office is a positive step.
She likened it to financial reform, which was an abject failure considering that Wall Street continues to own Main Street.
“Financial reform was complicated, and the bank lobbyists used a clever technique: They bombarded the members of Congress with complex arguments filled with obscure terms,” she said. “Whenever a congressman pushed back on an idea, the lobbyists would explain that although the congressman seemed to be making a good point, he didn’t really understand the complex financial system. And keep in mind, the lobbyists would tell the congressman, that if you get this wrong, you will bring down the global economy.”
While it is true that the largely Baby Boomer populated Congress generally does not understand how technology works in the 21st Century, forming another governmental organization to address the problem could have disastrous effects for conservatives.
It’s like Ronald Reagan said: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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