The Tea Party Speaks

Some have seen the Tea Party as a political force that would drive the fiscal responsibility agenda. For any who hold out hope that the Tea Party is serious, these poll results may prove a bit jarring. 70 percent of Tea Party supporters oppose cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.

6 thoughts on “The Tea Party Speaks

  1. Can I just say I’m not surprised? Living in Utah and being surrounded by tea partiers I can honestly say that like most people they are angry and hate big government…blah blah blah but still want to see if the can milk social programs for all their worth. There’s a serious disconnect.

    Alos, looks like the box I fit in puts me in the minority (democrats who favor cuts to entitlements)…though these days I’m thinking I’m less a democrat and just more “not-a-republican”.

    1. I sympathize with your problem. I started out Republican but really am just unaffiliated now. I will even consider voting for a statist keynesian democrat to inflate my education debt away. Talk about voting with my wallet… 🙂

  2. I can’t say I’m too surprised. I’ve been mostly indifferent to the Tea Party movement because it’s been such a mixed bag. But, for some time now, it seems more and more like the better portion of them are Republicans trying to hide behind a new label.

    This would be fine and dandy if their focus was the budget and more broadly the economy. But ask one hundred different supporters and you’ll get one hundred different answers about what government should or shouldn’t be doing and by what magnitude they should or shouldn’t be doing it.

    Anti-Gay
    Anti-Immigrant
    Pro-War

    Alright…I can push that aside for a moment if we can just agree we have to stop the spending/taxing. What’s that you say? You’re for pushing back government but you can’t think of any programs you want to cull?

    Back out to the political desert I go.

  3. This is not surprising, given the ignorance of economic realities in the general population.

    It has been demonstrated repeatedly that there are not enough people earning over $250,000, even with confiscatory tax rates, to make a difference in the deficit. The middle class will have to pay higher taxes if it wants to keep entitlements as they are now – which they may – but even substantial tax increases across the board may not be sufficient to sustain them.

    This point needs to be driven home – not for the sake of Republicans winning elections, but to ensure that everyone knows what the choices are.

  4. As demonstrated by the gay marriage story posted by Jason here yesterday, and reinforced by this story, registered voters generally remain loosely (poorly) informed by their preferred political message of the day.

    Coincidentally, as with the President’s support for taxing incomes over $250,000, politicians follow the easy path of public opinion (recent polls show this to be the most (only) popular option for reducing the deficit).

    The vacuum of leadership is suffocating!

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