Among the themes of the Tea Party movement is concern of increasing federal debt. This debt has been huge for years, but 2008 and President Obama's election brought two important changes.
The pace of spending has increased.
The plans to control things from Washington have increased.
The Tea Party sees suffering ahead, no matter what we do. The concern is that the political class - both Democrats and Republicans - will rig things so they suffer less than the rest of the people.
The rest of the people don't like it. Those who spent their way into terrible spending shouldn't be able to watch the suffering from above the fray.