The US Chamber is going to war. Against the Tea Party.
Heaven forbid they should declare war on the Democrats. Actually, the Chamber can live with Democrats, they only produce regulation that big business can live with. It’s small business – the engine that actually drives the economy – that is crushed by government over-regulation.
This is a two-party war on conservatives. The Chamber is hand-in-hand with the Republican leadership and you can bet it’s going to be all out war. The Tea Party is trying to wreck the cozy relationship between big business, the Republican leadership, and the Democratic leadership.
Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party’s most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.
GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014′s midterm elections.
The Chamber has a very distinct agenda, and it mirrors the agenda of John McCain, the Gang of Eight, and Harry Reid. What is not on their agenda is stark: small government, reductions in regulations and regulatory power, fiscal conservatism of any stripe, and reducing the power of the federal government.
GOP leaders hope a less restive Republican caucus will allow the House to pass a farm bill and push ahead on at least incremental overhauls of the immigration system.
The farm bill, which has typically included billions for food stamps, is probably the most wasteful, crony loving, corporate welfare dispensing, legislation that gets voted on by the Congress. And then there’s immigration amnesty. The Chamber wants the G8 bill passed by the House by any means necessary. It’s a matter of cheap labor, period.
The Chamber doesn’t give a damn about deficits, they don’t give a damn about fiscal responsibility, and they’re opponents of free markets. They also are not concerned about border security, especially if it comes at the price of marginally higher labor cost.
John Boehner’s outburst at conservatives last month was just the opening shot across the bow. He is 100% on board with the Chamber and the leadership in the US Senate.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce early next year plans to roll out an aggressive effort—expected to cost at least $50 million—to support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries…
The article in the Wall Street Journal notes that the money will be spent in both primaries and the general, but you can bet your last nickel that at least 90% of that $50 million will be spent in the primaries.
This could be a banner year for conservatives, but you can be assured that groups like the US Chamber, the House and Senate Republican leadership, and the Democrats, will be doing everything in their power to make sure that when the dust settles no matter which party claims “victory” the real winner will be the Washington Establishment.