If the "Tea Party is really our only hope," as one writer recently stated, then we are in a lot of trouble. Which we are, but not for the reasons that the Tea Party thinks.
The Tea Party is the biggest collection of the worst ideas to come along in a very long time.
Tea Partiers now seem obsessed that the president lies, that he wants to be a dictator and, of course, many still believe he is not even a real American or legitimate president. Obama is in fact doing all he can to keep government functioning, in service to the people, despite an opposition that is simply the "Party of NO."
The Affordable Care Act is not socialism. I wish we had the single-payer system; people might call that socialism, but at least it would cover everyone and cut down on costs. But we still have capitalism deeply embedded in our health care system.
The starting point for most conservative complaints is not taxes, or regulations, or health care, but just that the government gives away too much to struggling low income people. The old Maker vs. Taker argument, popularized by Mitt Romney (and many others before and since).
Ignored in all of this is that decent jobs are not there for millions of Americans.
If we wanted to identify the real takers, we could just look to Wall Street. Hundreds of billions in counter-productive tax subsidies, but that is never described by the Tea Party as "corporate welfare."
Government is short on funds because these people refuse to pay higher taxes. They think that the 14 percent that Romney paid is too high.