There’s a big difference between “pro-business” and “pro-free market.” And the Tea Party – from its inception – has been “pro-free market.” In fact, one of the founding principles that brought together the original Tea Partiers was a rejection of the crony capitalism of the bailouts.
The anti-bailout, anti-incentive, anti-”public-private partnership,” anti-stimulus factions are ascendant in both parties, and in the Republican Party, that sentiment is dominant.
Entrenched business that rely on favoritism, incentives, neo-protectionism and handouts, be wary.
Entrepreneurs trying to break into protected and over-regulated markets, know that the cause of free markets is one of the hottest political issues of the day.
(So what’s the difference between “pro-business” and “pro-free market?” A great primer is this column by Veronique de Rugy: Why Businesses Can’t Stand Free Markets.)