I am not a libertarian or a Tea Partier. In general, the Tea Party makes me pretty uncomfortable. But, I read the Tea Party Manifesto, and the referenced Contract From America, and I’m not sure I disagree with their platform.
I could get close to signing on with all these points. I don’t prefer any particular size of government per se. I care more about the cost and value of what we get. But, I support constitutionally limited government, as opposed to unconstitutionally enlarged government. I only oppose cap and trade because I prefer a carbon tax. That’s probably not what they had in mind, but I do disagree with it. I would probably support other federal health care plans, but I support “repealing and replacing” the recent Obama stuff. That might be all they ask. I wouldn’t be comfortable with a pledge never to raise taxes, but I imagine we could cut a lot and more than balance the budget. Everything else is no problem. So, maybe I would agree with the Tea Party. If their main issue is deficits caused by bailouts, pork and crazy spending, then I agree with that.