Originally Posted by Tadpole
I don't think us armchair experts can say very much. But I think that from the perspective of real solutions, the Tea Party's ideas are not realistic and may make it harder to dig out.
It's a possibility that they are not even trying to be realistic - but that their approach (whether you agree with it or not), is to take a hard line in order to shift the debate more towards their view.
Or to put it another way - they realistically expect to only shift the scales a bit. But with small numbers they needed to take an extreme stand in order to make a small shift.
Just my observations on possible motives. Could be way wrong.
Personally, I'd like to see more flexibility from them on the revenue side. I think they can 'sell' the idea of increased revenues to conservatives if it is done through tax reform. Especially if it could be done by lowering marginal rates a tad, but still show increased overall revenue (increased effective rates overall). And then, they can use increased revenues as a negotiating point with the rest of Congress. Puts them in a better position for spending adjustments.