White House aides point to an academic estimate eroding competitive forces in the economy costing the average household $5,000 a year. Even if their effort can eventually get that money back, it will only come gradually over a time frame that extends beyond Biden’s presidency.
“That’s not going to change overnight,” said Brian Deese, the White House economic policy director and chairman of the newly formed Competition Council. “The impact will last for years, and in some cases beyond that, will happen.”
The president who called himself “middle-class Joe” voluntarily referred to his predecessors Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt in an effort to remedy economic abuses. He launched it with a tagline: “Capitalism without competition is not capitalism – it is exploitation.”
The impetus to competition has brought important distinct benefits to individual sections of society. For example, iPhone owners now have the “right to repair” their devices at places other than Apple stores; The company offered that concession after the administration began pursuing such a request.
Free-market thinkers dismiss Biden’s push for competition because government-imposed class wars would stifle innovation and reduce economic output. But praise from economists from both Republicans as well as Democrats shows the breadth of concern that, for different reasons, the way the American economy works is really not serving people. America is good enough.
“This is good,” said Michael Strain, who directs economic policy studies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “We’ve been a little too lax over the past few decades.”
A pending FDA hearing aid regulation is the result of a bipartisan 2017 law, pushed by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, and signed into law by President Donald Trump. the law. It will allow millions of Americans to save thousands of dollars each through cheaper over-the-counter hearing aid alternatives to the prescription-only hearing aids of the companies that currently dominate the industry.
Appointments pursuing Biden’s agenda have caused controversy. Lina Khan, Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, who is known as a scathing critic of Big Tech, has astounded her Republican colleagues and industry with her fierceness, and agency staff with her manager.
However, Khan’s ally at the Justice Department, antitrust chief Jonathan Kanter, has received public support from his Trump administration predecessor. Kanter stated bluntly: “The new era of strong and effective antitrust enforcement has begun.”
That new era is seeking to look beyond the Reagan-era “consumer welfare standard,” which made price influence an important variable in evaluating corporate merger proposals. It additionally examines the impacts on workers, communities and democracy itself – a major concern as Silicon Valley giants play an increasing role in collecting and disseminating information.
The result: six aggressive lawsuits by the Department of Justice challenging proposed mergers in industries ranging from aviation to book publishing. The antitrust division also has 19 criminal cases pending, including indictments by executives for conspiring to prevent pay by home health workers and by a fraudulent contractor. tenders in military work.
“There is more recognition of the importance of our work than I have ever seen in my life,” says Kanter. “It’s intuition, emotion – a real belief that competition brings opportunity.
Biden signed bipartisan legislation designed to increase transparency and curb market abuses by the three giant business alliances that control shipping. Agricultural exporters and retail importers applauded.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack aims to increase market options for farmers and ranchers to sell their meat and poultry in a processing industry currently dominated by giant companies. The department has launched the farmfairness.gov website as part of what Vilsack calls “an effort to level the playing field”.
Vilsack doesn’t expect quick political gains in red-leaning farm states like Iowa, where he previously served as governor. In fact, the White House has provoked immediate resistance from some allies by partly blaming current inflation on “corporate greed” in industries such as packaging goods with limited competition.
“If you think corporate greed plays an important role in current inflation, then you need to think again,” said Harvard professor Jason Furman, who served with Biden as a business adviser. President Barack Obama, tweeted. Like most economists, he attributes today’s price rise to the collision of overheating demand with limited supply.
However, he endorsed Biden’s push for competition. “It’s a pretty decent deal, especially if it evolves over time,” Furman said.