People elected by members of the Tea Party are doing what their constituents asked them to do which is basically oppose the agenda of Obama
Go back to my original point. All they "seem" to do is nothing. It's easy to say you don't want what the other guy wants. But they need to have a plan to do what they want to do. Otherwise we are paralyzed and that leads to disaster.
The downgrade, current market volatility, etc. is short term stuff that is a consequence of hopeful long term fixing.
I disagree. I don't see any kind of long-term positive in what we have going on. And the "gains" they made will be sucked out of the country because of the rising interest rates and depreciating $US this has caused.
The Paul Ryan plan addressed a lot of things
The Ryan plan: wasn't that the "plan" said things like "within 10 years, discretionary spending will be reduced to 2% of GDP" (or something similar. I'm not going to look it up), but completely failed to say where those cuts were going to be made? Are we eliminating the DOE, DOJ, DOD, FDA? How was he going to cut 75% of the budget. It wasn't a plan. It was a speech to rally his troops. But you can't run a country like that.
and the negative repercussions are simply the short term pain of those in the entitlement programs.
This is where I say that the Tea Party advocates are narrow minded. How do you expect to take $1T out of the economy overnight and have it not make major problems? Forget those who are out on the street (now we need more law enforcement dollars to deal with these people turning to crime to feed their bellies). How about the 1,000's of people out of work who were paid by these programs. And the fact that they will lose their homes, the real estate market will get even worse, creating even more bankruptcites. Pretending these problems won't exist and be a massive drain on the economy is just foolish. You aren't talking about minor changes. You are talking about a fundamental shift. And denial isn't a plan for dealing with it.
The Tea Party is a movement, not a political party.
Then the "movement" has to do something other than oppose Obama. Come up with a workable plan.