Monday, April 12, 2010
My take on Parties of Tea
The problem comes when a party becomes organized enough or a serious enough contender to actually have to put in a platform of what programs they will cut to lower taxes while also lowering budget deficits. Take a look at the graph and you'll see that not a single area of spending has more than 1/3 of the country in support of cutting it. Except, of course, foreign aid. But unless the tea party wants to run on a reducing foreign aid campaign (which counts for less than 1% of the budget), they are going to have to stick to very vague populism to gain a majority of support. That will be increasingly difficult as the economy recovers.