Do Republicans Want Big Corporate Tyranny?

Republicans love to whine about the tyranny of the big bad federal government.

So why did they just vote to increase the power of corporate tyranny?

Everything any of us have ever done on the internet will now be sold off to the highest bidder.

That's because on Tuesday, House Republicans passed a bill making it LEGAL for companies like Comcast to sell their users' internet browsing history without permission.

The bill now heads to President Donald Trump, who's expected to sign it.

Republicans are always whining about big government tyranny. Doesn't this bill just show that what they actually want is big corporate tyranny?


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academicgal 6 years 8 weeks ago

I wrote the President today to ask him to not sign the bill.

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hummbaby 6 years 8 weeks ago

Republicans--are experts at "double speak"--they speak with a forked tongue!

Outback 6 years 8 weeks ago

Thom, the Republicans are no more guilty than the Democrats when it comes to rolling over for corporations. Please stop framing this as a Republican issue; you can't slide a thin dime between the actions of the two parties, forget the rhetoric. When people start to wake up to the fact that big multinational corporations and fabulously wealthy oligarchs own BOTH of our main political parties, lock stock and barrel, they may just realize that both of these parties are totally corrupt. At that point, hopefully, we'll form a viable, progressive third party.

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mitche51 6 years 8 weeks ago

What Thom is saying is; Republicans always TALK about "smaller government...drown it in the bathtub." Democrats never say that. So what is happening is the republicans are only about "small government" when it suits their purposes....fewer regulations on the corporations, relaxing pollution and waste regulations, etc.

Outback 6 years 8 weeks ago

Thom's last sentence: "Doesn't this bill just show that what they actually want is big corporate tyranny?" My point is that, while the Dems claim to be for the middle class, they have been pushing hard since Bill Clinton for "big corporate tyranny". If that isn't what NAFTA and the TPP is all about, I don't know what is.

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jjkubik701 6 years 8 weeks ago

Is this not an invasion of privacy?

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Hephaestus 6 years 8 weeks ago

jjkubik701 - Mmmmmmmm! Yeah!

But, do we have a law against that?

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Origslammer1 6 years 8 weeks ago

The nature of the Beast is to treat everything as its Prey. This is the clear direction of an evolution of Evil that man grows into in contrast to the direction for spiritual growth. This has been the American trend since before Regan and will continue up an until the American people recognize their danger. They have truly elected a president that America deserves. Sad, Sad, Sad

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stecoop01 6 years 8 weeks ago

I guess I finally have a reason to quit the Internet.

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stopgap 6 years 8 weeks ago

I would like to say to Republicans: Go fuck yourselves! But they already did that when they voted for Trump and the Bush's and Reagan and Nixon too, for that matter.

The problem is, they keep fucking with everyone else too and especially the planet earth. But they never seem to learn from their mistakes. In their opposite universe, they think Trump is God and can do no wrong. No matter how much the facts stack up against him.

In fact, the worse Trump screws things up and the more apparent it becomes that he is nothing but a lowlife grifter, the more they feel compelled to project his demented character on to Democrats, so as to prop up their bruised egos. They think that everyone should believe exactly what they do. Therefore, Democrats are the root of all evil.

It's obvious that they hate thinking for themselves. Otherwise, why do they keep relying on FOX (Fucking Old Xenophobes) for all of their information. Now, I see the've even sunk to the tabloids such as the National Enquirer to support their delusions of grandeur regarding Trump and to fulfill their racist, bigoted views about about everyone else.

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2950-10K 6 years 8 weeks ago

"And that the elected might never form to themselves an interest separate from the electors." Thomas Paine

Protecting ones elected postion by offering your legislative services to the highest bidder is not only self-serving, but a complete abomination of democracy leading straight to tyranny.

"We the People," offer a decent salary and benefits to our elected public servants. To scheme with fascist benefactors for more than that compensation, or even just to preserve your job is grounds for disqualification from that job....and "We the People," are obligated enforce that standard.

Putin, Kochs, Mercers, DeVos's, Waltons ....they all promote/own the Teapublicans. I don't see a 50 /50 split with this kind of support for the Dems....think about it before you condemn both parties.

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DFMM 6 years 8 weeks ago

GOP want to keep their seats.

Regarding the question of whether the GOP want corporate tyranny. They mostly want whatever benefits them, and currently corporations are the means to that end. As for what benefits them; for most it's keeping their seat/padding their pockets; for others it is achieving an ideological agenda --- like libertrianism or smaller government --- at least until they get used to the gravy train.

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emendoz1 6 years 8 weeks ago

Since when has Comcast and other internet providers NOT have been selling our browsing history or patterns? It has been common knowledge to some of us that this information is and has been sold to the highest bidders for a very long time now. What makes this new and useful at least to me, is that now we can all be aware legally that this is going on and we can get our heads out of the sand and do something about it.

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Riverplunge 6 years 8 weeks ago

Federal Land abuse is a playtoy for the right. Disgusting! As for Tyranny? Haven't you noticed that that have begun that decades ago!! It's just bigger and more public now. They aren't afraid to abuse the land and people anymore in front of their faces!

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simmsrider 6 years 8 weeks ago

This is a despicable and sad development for freedom. The ramifications of this are almost beyond comprehension. It may be a death Nell for the free internet!

Legend 6 years 8 weeks ago

This makes you feel real confident in doing your banking, 401K, investing and email on the internet. What is now confidential? Why is it that votes that take away our rights always come out with all Democrats against and in this case a few Republican against but the vast majority for taking away our rights and privacy. Do you Trump voters not see that? The Replublicans are true fascists.

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deepspace 6 years 8 weeks ago

Thom: "Do Republicans Want Big Corporate Tyranny?"

Republicans are big corporate tyranny!

...And, now, big government tyranny.

Classic fascism.

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Ou812 6 years 8 weeks ago

I'm amused, by all of this. If I do a search for a particular product on the internet, I will find an ad for the product searched for here on the Thom Hartmann site. Is the Thom Hartmann show buying my information from the ISP's? If so, then both buyer and seller are guilty of invasion of my privacy.

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StanleySavis 6 years 1 week ago

I wonder whether those people compaining now are that same voters? Have they already got their mistake...
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