I've attended Tea Party events since April 15, 2009. There is a common theme amongst participants: big government is bad, smaller government is tolerable. Unfortunately, the liberals have done such a good job at creating institutional dependencies, it's very hard to maintain your belief in limited government when it means that you might have to give up a fat teacher's pension or forgo Medicare enhancements.
We have become a country that is a mere glimmer of what our Founders envisioned for us. Institutional dependencies are rampant within our society. It needs to be rooted out and, yes, we might have to wean ourselves from the public dole for the good of our children.