-is that you will believe anything Republicans say. Not that Tea Partiers are models of intellectual honesty, consistency, or principle, but surely it must deflate their tires to see Republican politicians jump on their bandwagon then turn around and suck up whatever government largesse they can claim for their states/districts.
One of the numerous problems with the Tea Party was that they were never really organized around any idea beyond “commie black president takin’ my tax dollars and giving them to lazy black parasites,” but even that was secondary to the big goal, which was to shift power from the semi-rational Republican elites and put it in the hands of the crazy base. The elites, realizing where the wind was blowing, quickly offered deference, but did everything they could to make sure that someone other than their own voters contribute the suffering that Tea Partiers demanded. You see, it’s always somebody else out there sucking the lifeblood out of the government, the government benefits you receive are what you deserve!