Originally Appeared: Real Clear Politics on December 8, 2018
The internet is the last great, low-regulation, Made-in-the-USA industry out there. It represents 3 million American jobs and more than 6 percent of our economy. The internet even reduces our trade deficit – internet companies added to a $196 billion digital trade surplus last year.
Yet conservatives have decided that this last bastion of American free enterprise is biased against them. As a conservative, and someone who’s spent more than a decade in Republican politics, I’m here to tell you that this not the case. I believe the opposite is true. And if the GOP decides in frustration to go down the path of regulating internet companies, we’ll create the kind of far-reaching unintended consequences for our economy and our online future that we’ve fought against for decades.