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The start of the Tea Party - the roots of it - are not against
government - but they are against wasteful and ineffective

And this is why nobody who matters takes the Tea Party seriously. That's like saying you are against zombies or in favor of puppies. *Everybody* is against waste and ineffectiveness. Everybody. Everybody wants the government to work better. The Tea Party has offered *zero* solutions in that regard.

For various reasons, I've been following the career of Tea Party darling Sen. Mike Lee fairly closely. As far as I can tell, he has yet to support--not even author, but support--a specific bill that would eliminate one dime of government waste.

Sure, he coupled defunding Obamacare with the government shutdown. That meant millions of government workers got paid for doing nothing, while Mike Lee grandstanded. Doing nothing and getting paid for it is the poster child for wasteful and ineffective government. Oh, and Obamacare didn't get defunded and nothing changed. And Mike Lee is *proud* of wasting all that money. Says he would waste it all again because it was waste of money for a cause he supports. He likes wasteful and inefficient government if it benefits him. But hates it if it benefits other people.

What the Tea Party needs to do if they want to move beyond laughing stock territory is say something like this: The VA is necessary, but there are some problems with it. Here are our proposed solutions to those problems.
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