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07-19-2014, 11:35 AM
Justin Amash's support for free enterprise earns enmity of Big Business

BY TIMOTHY P. CARNEY | JULY 19, 2014 | 12:28 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has jumped into a Republican congressional primary in Michigan, trying to defeat incumbent Rep. Justin Amash. Amash's crime: being stubbornly consistent in opposing big government.

The Chamber's endorsement of Amash's opponent helps clarify some things that have long been true, but which have been muddled in the public eye and used against conservatives.

The first myth put to rest: Libertarianism and free enterprise are defenses of Big Business.

The second myth exposed: Challenging an incumbent in a primary is somehow impious or unsporting.

Amash is arguably the strongest defender of free enterprise in the House. His rating from the Club for Growth is 100 percent. He comes in second out of 435 House members on the National Taxpayers Union scorecard. This consistency earned him a primary from Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis.

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