Anyone who cares about ending America’s long decline has to wonder if things are different given the economic damage done by the government shutdown. The United States Economy was finally fighting its way back after the worst economic down turn since the Great Depression. On the other hand, post-globalists who are actively engaged in turning things around have to ask did the government shutdown change the players.
There was already concern about the battle between the Freedom First Mob in Congress and the Cost Cutter Wing of the Republican Party. And my essay called Post-Globalism said that the influence of the Tea Party movement was waning. So any reasonable person may ask if the government shutdown reestablished the Tea Party Movement as a major factor in economic development discussions.
The short answer is no. The Tea Party Movement may still have enough power to delay Affordable Care Act. However, they don’t have any more influence than when started when it comes to ending America’s long decline. They still believe in Neoliberalism and in denying implementation of the ACA but little else. In fact, they probably have even less influence when comes to discussing the economy writ large because of their shutdown efforts.
Traditional supporters of economic development like the US Chamber of Commerce (uschamber) are actively contemplating running primary challengers to Tea Party members in Congress. This should keep them very busy for the rest of this year and the majority of 2014. Unfortunately, this will have no impact on the Freedom First Mob because compared to members of the Tea Party they seem reasonable.
The answer still remains that post-globalists need to concentrate on fleshing out Post-Globalism as a new pro-growth strategy. Senator Rand Paul and his Paulestinians pose to biggest threat to future economic development. They vehemently oppose any effort by the federal government to help working and middle class Americans. And post-globalists need keep in mind that people look for a third options when the first two are in conflict.