Who is the Tea Party? There are three distinct groups.
The largest is the base who think the debt and deficit can be solved by reducing spending and taxes.
The second is a select group of billionaires: the Koch Brothers, Rupert Murdock and several other wealthy tycoons who sponsor various organizations that fund the Tea Party message.
The third group are spokesmen, beginning with bullies of Fox News through the infamous and now wealthy politicians: Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann.
Unfortunately, the first group has been hijacked by the second. The billionaires who own health care, insurance, banks, virtually everything, want their taxes low and no government regulation. They hire the third group to make the first group outraged at government.
Watch 30 minutes of Fox News: fear (fires, tornadoes), outrage (murder, mayhem) and politics (mismanagement, corruption): outrage that causes the base to vote against their own interests.
- S. Robert Schwartz, Valparaiso