Did Ted Cruz Save E-Commerce? - Granite Grok

Did Ted Cruz Save E-Commerce?


PJ Media has an interesting piece on Ted Cruz when he was developing economic policy as the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning.

PJ Media |  What No One Seems to Know About Ted Cruz’s Past(A few highlights, read the article for the meat in between.)

– Cruz launched an initiative to study the government’s role in conspiring with established businesses to suppress e-commerce. 

– To lay a foundation, Cruz organized a conference on regulatory barriers to e-commerce.

-After the conference, Cruz testified at a hearing supporting the online sales of contact lenses andpushed the FTC to file an amicus brief supporting online casket vendors. Cruz also initiateda comprehensive study of the wine industry, which found that online competition lowered prices without increasing underage drinking.

-For most of its history, the FTC has focused on private conduct that harms competition, such as (allegedly) anticompetitive mergers. Under Cruz’s leadership,the FTC instead targeted governmental conduct that harms competition.

-Cruz also sent dozens of letters to states to fight new efforts to enshrine crony capitalism.

H/T Instapundit