When talking about the Tea Party movement, the largest number of respondents said that the movement’s goal should be reducing the size of government, more than cutting the budget deficit or lowering taxes.
And nearly three-quarters of those who favor smaller government said they would prefer it even if it meant spending on domestic programs would be cut.
But in follow-up interviews, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or Social Security — the biggest domestic programs, suggesting instead a focus on “waste.”
Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the benefits.
Others could not explain the contradiction.
“That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.”
Perhaps more local Teabaggers need to have their minds changed.
We got the biggest refund ever this year on our taxes and our income was the same as last year. That's called a tax cut, not a tax hike.
I'm sure most Teabaggers got a tax cut by today, April 15, the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. But, the Teabaggers are still trying to re-arrange the deck chairs on a vessel that sunk 98 years ago. It's time they let go.