As my fellow blogger Linkmeister just pointed out (check out the site, by the way, the new format is cool), all this debt the Republicans are complaining about represents expenditures that Congress appropriated. Yes, that Congress - the one whose Republican members are whining that we can't raise the debt ceiling without cutting huge amounts of spending at the same time. They approved all this spending. Now they say we can't pay the bills because it will exceed the debt limit which (they insist) we can't raise. What? Where were all these fiscal hawks when those expenditures were up for a vote?
In addition, I saw a Reuters article recently in which the Tea Party faithful are about to draw and quarter John Boehner because he told them we're going to have to raise the debt limit. The good thing is that Boehner actually recognizes that. But I want to know where all these Tea Party types were for the last 10 years or so, when George W. Bush was running two wars off the books and pouring our money into Iraq like water - and then losing track of it. Remember, Bill Clinton left office with a budget surplus. Dubya promptly blew it away with tax cuts, and that was before the wars. From the Tea Party, or the people who are now the Tea Party? Not a peep.
It seems unkind to conclude that the Tea Party activists don't care about anything - the state of the country, the welfare of their less fortunate fellow citizens, public health, the education of the next generation, the repairs needed in our infrastructure - as long as their taxes aren't raised. But I don't see an alternative position; that's what they say, that's how they act. Their tax burden is more important than anything else in the country. As long as it stays the same, or goes down, they don't care what happens to anything or anyone else.