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Colorado’s GOP and Free Markets

July 6, 2021

In City Journal for July 5 Allison Schrager writes in “Break Up Big Business?”

“It may be good politics to beat up on large businesses, but economies change and so do market structures. Today’s big businesses might not be so big tomorrow. The top five firms in the S&P 500—Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Alphabet—didn’t exist 50 years ago.”

Those are my sentiments also which is why I am critical of Colorado’s Republican Party Establishment and especially Colorado Congressman Ken Buck.

When in 2003 my for-profit University company moved to Colorado to take advantage of Colorado’s free market in education made possible by few regulations, Colorado welcomed me. By 2009, the tide had reversed course, and Democrats controlled Colorado.

Today Colorado Republicans hold 3 of 7 seats in the U.S. House and of 100 Senators and Representatives in the General Assembly the GOP holds 39 seats—less than 40%. Democrats hold Colorado’s two seats in the U.S. Senate and the office of Governor.

Colorado Republican politicians and especially Cong. Ken Buck are responsible.

As an example Ken Buck on June 24 Ken Buck issued a statement in support of the House Antitrust Subcommittee’s attacks on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Why attack these Social Media giants? They are not public utilities providing vital electricity and natural gas.

Are their “Woke” executives and half-educated engineers less “Progressive” than the Faculty in the Colorado University and Colorado State higher education systems? Then Ken Buck should direct his attention to that problem.

After all in the final analysis it doesn’t matter if there is one or four Facebook venues in Social Media.

Facebook hires thousands of college graduates to monitor our Facebook “posts.” These “Woke Millennials” come from public and private colleges where they are taught to think like their “Progressive” professors.

Like Ken Buck, they favor the use of government to “do good.”

Why does Ken Buck assume that several smaller Facebook media entities will act in better and different ways?

That’s what I asked in 2003: Why not create new social media companies that attract persons of “conservative” or “classical liberal” inclination? Colorado and Ken Buck’s response today is “We don’t believe in free markets.”

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