I can only say that I hope that the Tea Party Movement succeeds. By that I mean that those involved bring change. Oops, am I allowed to use that word? For those of us in the movement, suffice it to say, we have an agenda. How about smaller government, less taxes, and a balanced budget? What's wrong with that? I know there are entitlements, but I fundamentally reject that term. Really, what are you entitled to? I guess because you are an American you are entitled to the government taking care of you. Since when?
In the constitution it never said that the governtment would take care of you. Find it. I'll wait. I've always thought that when you want to find out what the Founding Fathers thought, ask them. Here is Thomas Jefferson:
I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground-- that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states, or to the people. (10th Amendment). To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specifically drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.
Let's try to understand what TJ said. He was a strict construcitonist. In other words, the constitution sets forth certain powers for the federal government and that's it. They are called enumerated powers. There are 18 of them. Health care, right to a job, right to a home, those rights don't exist.
Rights are endowed by our creator. These are natural rights. For those loose constructionists among you, that's what we stricters mean. Where does it say you can do that?