Over the years, many Americans have made their concerns known about Big Tech and its influence on the United States. Interestingly enough, this is something that some Republicans and Democrats have been able to agree on, albeit for very different reasons.
Typically, Republicans point out Big Tech’s pattern of partisan censorship that’s unfairly applied against conservatives. Publicly, various Big Tech outlets claim they don’t censor users based on their politics. However, leaked recordings of Twitter employees have told a different story.
Generally, when Democrats go after Big Tech, they claim its companies are too large and monopolistic. Democrats generally call for more management and oversight; lately, the left has also been demanding for various social media sites to crack down against so-called “misinformation.”
Nevertheless, a Big Tech bill has been working its way through Congress. For a while, the legislation appeared to have promise; although, as of late, it looks to be dead in the water.
The Fall of the Newest Big Tech Bill
Months ago, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) brought forth legislation that would have imposed serious guidelines on Big Tech.
The bill in question would have cracked down on various companies like Google and Amazon using their algorithms and other tools for self-promotion. Likewise, Klobuchar’s Big Tech legislation also centered on managing how major tech conglomerates deal with smaller businesses and competitors.
However, the entire thing now appears to be unraveling. Some GOP senators were on board with the bill, at first.
Yet, that changed after Klobuchar and other Democrats rejected various tweaks that Republicans wanted to make. However, when fellow Democrats expressed their interest in fine-tuning the bill, their concerns were paid attention to.
In order for the bill to pass, at least some GOP lawmakers need to be on board with it. Yet, as Republicans are walking away, Klobuchar appears to be left holding a complete non-starter.
A Pattern of Rejecting Bipartisanship
Since Democrats regained majorities in Congress, they consistently turned up their noses at working with Republicans. Democrats managed to pass the American Rescue Plan last year without a single GOP vote.
Of course, they did so with the blessing of the current president.
Even now, Democrats have suggested that working with Republicans is not feasible. The left’s idea of bipartisanship generally entails Republicans falling in line with what the left wants, rather than both parties seeking to reach a healthy middle ground.
It wasn’t too long ago that Democrats tried to overturn the Senate filibuster to completely freeze GOP officials out of the lawmaking process.