A minority of no-tax Republicans and a majority of big-spending Democrats appeased their bases by jointly overspending without raising taxes. Anti-tax types didn't really get vocal until Sacramento could not borrow anymore.
I've received many e-mails from TEA party supporters telling me they are angry about the spendfest in Washington. Who isn't? But you have to go after the big spending first.
In a way, this is like Iraq. Once American boots hit the ground, there was no easy exit.
And once the Bush and Obama administrations, with the help of Congress, threw well more than $1 trillion at the economy, someone would have to pick up the tab.