“Incumbents Fear Cantor’s Loss Will Fill Tea Party’s Sails” is the headline.
Before a few days ago, GOP establishmentarians felt that they had finally quelled the Tea Party notion that Republicans should be more than 2 to 4 percent different from Democrats on whether the country should suffer a socialist health care industry, endless tsunamis of red ink, etc.
Certain big businesses also hate Tea-Party-style boat-rocking. In his article “Big Business Vs. Libertarians in the GOP,” David Boaz observes that candidates who plausibly oppose crony capitalism are drawing opposition from firms like Coca Cola, Delta, Georgia Power, and AT&T. These and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce created a “Georgia Coalition for Job Growth” to defeat Republican Charles Gregory and other candidates who are “just too libertarian” for them.
What do these anti-liberty businesses — in Georgia, Kentucky, California and elsewhere — fear? The lower taxes that real-deal Tea Party candidates support?
And it isn’t “gay marriage or foreign policy that seems to annoy big and politically connected businesses,” writes Boaz. Who they oppose are representatives who refuse to “bring home the bacon,” who “actually take seriously the limited government ideas that most Republicans only pay lip service to.”
Don’t be shocked to witness big businesses working against limited government, welcoming regulation and subsidy as a way of life.
Why? Because the “mixed economy” approach (whether mercantilist, “progressive,” fascist, what-have-you) allows them to rig the system in their favor, usually by discouraging competition.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.