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Sanders Plans To Break Up Google, Amazon, And Facebook If Elected

There are several large tech companies in the United States, responsible for substantial technological breakthroughs. They also employ over a million people combined. These companies include Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

If Bernie Sanders becomes president, he plans on breaking these companies up.

Breaking Up Monopolies?

Sanders sees the companies as monopolies. He feels that Amazon, if not already, is moving dangerously close to becoming one. Facebook has been accused of being a monopoly on more than one occasion, though it fought to prove that it wasn’t because it’s not the only social media platform out there and it doesn’t provide a necessary product or service.

Breaking up the online giants would be his way of pursuing antitrust enforcement. He feels that Facebook has too much power over the economy as well as the political life of the country. However, Facebook itself isn’t responsible for that – people are.

What’s His Plan?

Sanders would hire an attorney general in order to break up all of the huge corporations, not just the tech ones. He mentioned areas of Wall Street, pharmaceuticals, and others. He doesn’t believe that gigantic corporations should own an entire sector.

As usual, though, Bernie Sanders doesn’t provide a lot of details. While it’s all well and great to say that he wants to break these companies up, he’s not looking at the facts. There’s no single giant corporation that owns an entire sector. It’s not true in the technology sector, pharmaceuticals, Wall Street, or anywhere else. If there were, it would, in fact, be a monopoly.

He doesn’t provide any kind of plan as to how a large corporation should be broken up. At some point, he even through Apple into the mix. Apple has its own operating system, but it produces smartphones and tablets just like any other tech firm. They’re unique, but it’s because they have built themselves to be well-branded – and people are in search of that brand because of its reputation.

For Sanders to say that he wants to break up all large companies is preposterous. There’s no way to do this fairly to businesses. Many of the businesses have grown from small startups. Through hard work and great ideas, they have grown to become larger and larger. They chose to adapt when other businesses failed to.

Penalize the Bigger Companies

Sanders is all about penalizing the bigger companies because they have too much power. When the FTC voted to approve a $5 billion fine for Facebook based on their data privacy issues, Sanders felt that the fine wasn’t strong enough. Had he had his way, it would have been more than just a fine.

$5 billion is a large fine. It’s probably one of the largest in recent history. If Sanders says that it’s not strong enough, his ideas most likely include breaking the company up. However, there are laws in place to protect businesses. Further, Facebook isn’t doing anything wrong just by existing. Sure, they made some mistakes for data privacy. That doesn’t mean that they need to be divided up. How would that even work?

Millions of businesses depend on Facebook to help themselves market. Taking the social platform away would make it harder for people to connect with their audience. The same goes for plans to break up Google and Amazon. How does Sanders plan to break these companies up without it affecting the entrepreneurial spirit as well as businesses in general? Millions of people could be out of work if it were up to Sanders – and then he has no one to tax so that he can give the American public all of these things he wants to give out for free.

Sanders Doesn’t Get It

If anything, Sanders is saying that he wants to break up Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google shows that he doesn’t get it. While new laws can help to protect data and prevent them from accessing too much data, breaking up the companies isn’t going to help anyone.

Sanders would have to pass half a dozen laws to even provide antitrust enforcement. If Trump is struggling with immigration laws for what’s best for the country’s borders, it’s unlikely that Sanders will have any better luck passing laws that deal with employment, technology, and the livelihood of millions of people.

Sanders is showing his age with this one: destroy what you don’t know. Luckily, most people see the Senator for who he is: someone who makes a whole lot of empty promises and the desire to raise taxes to the extreme.

Comments (17)

  1. Has Sanders been drug tested?

  2. Bernie just jumps on the bandwagon when he heard someone else says something. Only thing he knows is to take money and run. A little coward who knows nothing about anything but conning the people with his socialist Nazi ideas. No thanks Bernie. Your a disgrace to America. Please move to the country you love, Russia.

  3. Sanders lives in outer space and has no connection to American Democracy.
    Someone must insist that he retires forever from any Policies for the U.S.
    He has no business in sticking his nose in American Democracy.
    The Greek of Pittsburgh,Pa.
    Mike T.

  4. That’s very Bolshevik of you Bernie. Bernie can remind someone of the corrupt Commissars during Khrushchev’s time, and what the state did if they found you were corrupt, they went to your house, pulled you out of bed in the middle of the night, took you outside, put you up against the side of the house, and you were shot.

  5. Bernie is an idiot that has no chance in hell of winning the election. The only thing he might win is a booby prize.

  6. Great start with Google, FB, Youtube, Yahoo, Twitter, or are these the companies that contribute too heavily to Dems so they are protected?

  7. Sanders wants to be president, break up companies and make our Country into another Venezuela work him as the big cheese. He doesn’t care about AMERICA, he only cares about himself. Anyone who votes for him deserves to be his slave. He talks about $15 an HR but doesn’t pay his employees good wages. What a hyprocrite. What a self-centered person.

  8. Exactly what is needed. These corporations are robber barrons robbing the american people of all our wealth. They pay no taxes or such low taxes, it is not only unconstitutional its dangerous in a democracy.

  9. I don’t think so………
    That’s the American way…start up small, and bust your butt, and get big,! Right?
    Sounds kinda like burny socialism !
    We already had big regulations, and this sounds like another fantasy world, that doesn’t exist.
    He doesn’t get it, at all………

  10. Sanders’ arrogance is matched by his ignorance… of business, government, and life. He is a doddering old fool who speaks to the fools in our society, pleading to matching ignorance. It is a sad reflection on the concept of “pure democracy”. As such, it argues strongly in favor of moving back toward the founding father’s original plan for a democratic republic thus ending the votes for mentally incompetent, alzheimer’s patients, felons, indolent, the very young (under 21), as was the case in 1776, and most certainly the illegal immigrants – all 33,000,000 of them. Originally, only property owners were voters.

  11. The aging socialist is losing his mind in an irreparable manner

  12. Sanders is too old to move forward with the many who enjoy these platforms. Perhaps he should get up to date and use them.

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