Somehow, for many people, the TEA Party has become some sort of social conservative thing. This is the dominant narrative repeated in much of the press and indeed some social conservatives have tried to run with this recharacterization.
But the TEA Party wasn’t and isn’t about social issues. It is about reducing the size of government. It is about bringing the political class in line. It is about We the People saying ENOUGH! And most importantly it is about being TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY. T-E-A.
The Chamber of Commerce, one time paragon of capitalism but now paragon of crony capitalism, hates the TEA Party, at least as much as Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton do. The TEA Party you see is screwing things up for arguably the most powerful lobby in the land. It used to be that the Chamber completely owned the GOP. Now this is increasingly not the case. The TEA Party has said “no” to the Chamber and its general crony disposition often.
The US Chamber does not, despite what we hear from many in the statist camp, want smaller government at all. It doesn’t want less regulation. It actually wants more crony government and more regulation which benefits its giant corporate members. It wants to keep the taxpayer funded revenue streams that the Chamber and its members have long enjoyed.
In many ways the TEA Party represents a middle and entrepreneurial class uprising. The established powers that be have absolutely no interest in letting this group of folks mess up the crony web which has taken so long to spin. And so they are out to crush the small government people in Congress with money. I mean, God forbid the people insist that the government operate within the parameters of the Constitution.
If it wants a fight. It’s a fight the Chamber will get. The TEA Party will see to that.
After budgeting $50 million to elect establishment-friendly candidates in the 2014 election cycle, the chamber will reportedly spend as much as $100 million in the 2016 election cycle to crush conservatives. According to a Roll Callreport, some of the group’s “top targets in 2016 will be right-wing, tea party candidates” who have opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants, Obamatrade, and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.
The Chamber of Commerce’s ultimate goal is to reportedly win back “the soul of the Republican Party” by electing more establishment Republicans “in contested primaries to strengthen their hand during policy debates on the Hill.”
The last thing this country needs is more establishment Republicans.