The Amazon Amendment Shows Big Government Corrupts Everything

A free market doesn’t stay free if the government can be the biggest customer—thus, the Amazon Amendment.

The Amazon amendment is an online portal that Congress is likely to legislatively mandate between the online retailer and the military in the National Defense Authorization Act. Critics are outraged that a single company will be given a huge advantage in selling to the Defense Department over all other businesses.

I don’t understand why military personnel can’t go to like everyone else.

But this is what happens when government grows and becomes the only customer that matters.

The Hill reports, “Monopoly critics decry ‘Amazon amendment’.”

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Lawmakers put the finishing touches this week on military funding legislation that contains a provision that stands to significantly benefit Amazon.

The amendment, Section 801 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would help Amazon establish a tight grip on the lucrative, $53 billion government acquisitions market, experts say.

The provision, dubbed the “Amazon amendment” by experts, according to an article in The Intercept, would allow for the creation of an online portal that government employees could use to purchase everyday items such as office supplies or furniture.

This government-only version of Amazon, which could potentially include a few other websites, would give participating companies direct access to the $53 billion market for government acquisitions of commercial products.

Here’s a picture from Wikimedia Commons of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter on March 3, 2016:

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