You know the rest…
Reports from the arc of the angry Tea Party movement indicate that, yes indeed, there is a FEDERAL government and yes, it does provide a big payoff to be in one of the five states that comprise Tea Party Homeland. Each and every one of the states on the map receives back more from the federal government than it pays in taxes and other revenues (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). These states voted for Mitt Romney by big margins and contributed a healthy share of the Tea Party Republicans in Congress.
Now it’s time to pay the price for this type of negligence. Businesses and defense workers, schools and health programs, you name it, are going to feel the lash of the Tea Party madness. This isn’t your normal budget drama that gets resolved at the last minute. It’s the apogee of Tea Party anger and cynicism. Just look at the way the Senate handled the Hagel hearings. They treated their former colleague with utter contempt. Recall John McCain’s anger. He’s one of the more reasonable Republicans.