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When free markets are allowed to work by punishing failure and rewarding success, everyone benefits. The results are higher quality, lowered cost and innovative breakthroughs. But in a system of corporate welfare, those who suffer most are Americans who pay higher taxes funneled to well-connected companies.

A party of freedom is not a party of any one competitor, but a party of competition itself - what you might call the true “spirit of enterprise.”

Republicans will succeed again when we realize our true allegiance is not to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but to free markets, free people and freedom itself.

• Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina heads the Senate Steering Committee, made up of the Senate’s most conservative Republicans, and is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.