As Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg enters the lion’s den for his grilling at the hands of government swamp creatures in our nation’s capital, this famous quote by Ronald Reagan comes to mind…
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
The government long ago began taxing Internet sales – and they ain’t done yet.
Now we’re entering Phase II: Regulate it.
I’ve got no love for Zuckerberg. And as a conservative, it’s hard not to take pleasure in the hot water this arrogant, self-righteous left-winger finds himself in.
But as a conservative, I’m more afraid of what this bonehead’s actions have done to enable the government barbarians inside the worldwide web’s gate.
As Reuters notes, Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress is intended “to fend off the possibility of new regulations as a result of the privacy scandal engulfing his social network.”
But here’s the thing…
It doesn’t cost the consumer a dime to open a Facebook page. Nobody forces anybody to open a Facebook page. Nobody forces anybody to read Facebook. Nobody forces anybody to advertise on Facebook. And nobody forces anybody to buy anything from Facebook’s advertisers.
In other words, there’s no legitimate reason for government elected officials and bureaucrats to be getting into Facebook’s face.
If people don’t like how Facebook uses their information, including selling it to vendors, then don’t use Facebook.
If you say you didn’t know Facebook would be using all the information you freely provided Facebook…well, you know now. So close your Facebook account.
If conservatives don’t like how Facebook has demonstrated extreme bias against conservatives, then start a conservative variation of Facebook – just as FOX News provided a conservative alternative to liberal, “fake news” CNN.
The LAST thing conservatives should be calling for is government intervention and regulation.
Because once that Pandora’s Box is opened, the next step will be for the government to subsidize Facebook as a social media conglomerate deemed “too big to fail.”