Originally Posted by FD
This list says the Tea Party favors smaller government, but all polls of people who identify as Tea Partiers say they favor higher military spending and oppose cutting spending on the main entitlement programs Medicare and Social Security. These things represent the vast majority of the federal budget.
So once again we have a case of people who claim to want smaller government in the abstract, but not in reality. The Tea Party is a bumper sticker movement that seems to be more about promoting a specific notion of national identity ("we want our country back") than it is about real policy goals.
Or you could interpret all that as: I paid in all these years to MC and SS why should I be denied my contribution.
Never seen polls on them wanting higher military spending tho. I thought they just didn't want any cuts. But at least that is Constitutional spending whether or not we pay for too much which is a different argument.