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VAL 2010: Den andre november går USA till val. Valet är inte bara ett test för Barack Obamas demokratiska parti. Valet kommer också att visa om Tea Party-rörelsen har lyckas mobilisera på högerkanten.

Tea Party-rörelsen kallas en konservativ gräsrotsrörelse. Men rent ideologiskt är det mer rimligt att kalla den nyliberal eller libertariansk.

Tea Party-rörelsen är inte bara motståndare till Barack Obamas politik utan också motståndare till det republikanska etablissemanget och Big Business.

Rörelsen lägger tyngdpunkten på individuellt ansvar och att det är företag och den fria marknaden – snarare än staten och politikerna i Washington – som skapar välfärd.

Det republikanska partiet och många företag är tveksamma till rörelsen. Bloomberg Businessweek har titta närmare på rörelsen i artikeln Why Business Doesn’t Trust the Tea Party.

To measure the Tea Party’s success by who wins on Nov. 2, however, is to miss the movement’s full impact. Through a combination of brilliant politics, genuine discontent, and intense emotional appeals, the Tea Party has helped pull national Republican leaders such as John McCain to the right, and has defeated those—such as Lisa Murkowski in Alaska and Bob Bennett in Utah—who didn’t move quickly enough. Its impact on the local level has been similarly dramatic. In May the historically moderate Maine Republican Party adopted a platform that included such Tea Party planks as eliminating the Federal Reserve, sealing the borders, and prohibiting stimulus funding. 

It may sound like a corporate dream come true—as long as the corporation in question doesn’t have international operations, rely on immigrant labor, see the value of national monetary policy, or find itself in need of a subsidy to boost exports or an emergency loan from the Fed to survive the worst recession in seven decades. Business leaders who favor education reform, immigration reform, or investment in infrastructure can likely say goodbye to those ideas for the short term as well; they won’t be possible in the willfully gridlocked world of the coming 112th Congress. […] 

The Tea Party’s brand of political nitroglycerin, in short, is too unstable for businesses that look to government for predictability, moderation, and the creation of a stable economic environment. 

Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the biggest-spending business lobby and a vociferous opponent of the Obama Administration, has kept its distance from many Tea Party candidates. The Chamber, which has been the target of White House attacks over undisclosed campaign expenditures, says it plans to spend at least $75 million in this election cycle. So far, most of the money has gone to Republicans not closely associated with the Tea Party […]

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