There are some problems with the tea party, it is on its surface, new, but really it's just plain and ordinary citizens, maybe a bit old fashioned, some a bit odd some on the fringe, but most are just fed up with the status quo that is running this country off a cliff. Not the one everybody is talking about now, if anything the tax increases and spending cuts will postpone the real cliff we're heading for. Unfortunately, those in office will not accept 9 parts budgets cuts to 1 part tax increase. A 90% compromise in our favor is something I would take every time. Not accepting that was foolish and everyone sees that.