The Tea Party advocates an approach to government that is unduly simple-minded; just eliminate government programs and reduce taxes with little heed as to the fallout. We've seen some of this here in Alabama; fortunately, they are only a part of the mechanism of government.
I'm for a responsible conservatism; one that addresses governmental concerns in a pragmatic manner and adapts itself to real world needs. I'm not for an idiotic approach that goes willy-nilly into uncharted waters. For better or worse (very often for better), state and national government has assumed or been handed a set of responsibilities. These are not easily backed away from. Sometimes we just need to suck it up and raise or continue taxes.
And the rhetoric: some of the Tea Party spokespersons are shrill and insulting. We need some national and state comity. After all, in the final analysis, we got each other.