Risk in Republican Hostility Toward Big Business

By John Feehery, Wall Street Journal - July 19, 2014

Defeating crony capitalism has become the battle cry of libertarian conservatives. The Export-Import Bank has become the latest in a long line of targets that include highway funding, terrorism risk insurance and “too big to fail” banks. Big Business wants immigration reform and higher academic standards for elementary and secondary schools–policy priorities that drive the hard right into conniptions. The fight has manifested itself in heated primaries from Mississippi to Idaho, on Twitter and in campaign ads, and in pitched battles between reliably pro-business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation.

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