I’m not sure if this is BBQ rant, or mundane & pointless. But I’ll start here.
I have a strong suspicion that the foment and unrest that gave birth to the Tea Party is based on complete & utter ignorance as to how the US government spends its money.
I think if you asked a typical Teapartier to draw up a pie chart allocating federal expenditure, it would look something like:
Aid to furreners who hate us anyway: 10%
Grants for pointy-headed intellectuals to do stupid research projects: 10%
Parks 'n highways 'n stuff: 10%
Medicare & Social Security: 5%
(I purposely didn’t check the math.)
And so it was easy to wind up a Tea Party candidate, and send him to Washington with a “mandate” to fix the mess.