A Conservative View of Trump vs. Amazon

By Dan Holler, Vice President of Heritage Action For America

Amazon’s successful business model is “destroying department stores and retailing all over the country,” President Donald Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt last year. How should free market conservatives interpret the president’s continued critique of Amazon? That question becomes particularly important as congressional Republicans embark on a once in a generation effort to reform our nation’s tax code this fall.

First, it should go without saying that capturing market share by offering consumers the best possible product or service at the best possible price is the heart of capitalism. It is that competitive spirit that lifts people out of poverty and drives transformative innovation in medical treatment, engineering, nutrition and, of course, communication. The dynamic growth of innovative, successful businesses should be integral to our identity as Americans. What should be an anathema, though, is the erection of government-imposed barriers to competition and innovation. And here, Trump deserves credit because he understands Amazon is trying to rig the game to its advantage.

*Originally published in Real Clear Politics, continue reading here.

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