Tea Party sympathizers are against government "socialism" except when it comes to their own jobs, a new poll has found. Seventy percent of those who identify as Tea Partiers -- a platform that strongly decries government intervention in public life -- want an interventionist government to create jobs, and only about one in three believe Medicaid and Medicare are "socialist" programs, according to a new Bloomberg poll.
"Tea Party activists, who are becoming a force in U.S. politics, want the federal government out of their lives except when it comes to creating jobs," the wire notes wryly.
"More than 90 percent of Tea Party backers interviewed in a new Bloomberg National Poll say the U.S. is verging more toward socialism than capitalism, the federal government is trying to control too many aspects of private life and more decisions should be made at the state level," it adds. "At the same time, 70 percent of those who sympathize with the Tea Party, which organized protests this week against President Barack Obamaâ€™s health-care overhaul, want a federal government that fosters job creation."
TPJ: Oh the irony is too good to pass up on this one!! This gives me more proof that a large chunk of these Tea Party activists don't know what the hell they're talking about and are inconsistent in their beliefs. As if that's a surprise but it explains the violence and intimidation that has been coming from them. People who don't know what they're talking about in a debate will often resort to name calling and yelling. These threats of violence are exactly that kind of behavior. Hearing them scream about government programs out of one side of their mouth, and yet demand their Medicare and Social Security benefits is all you need to know about their viability and command of the issues. They're like a loose canon on the deck of a ship--It's powerful but unreliable, and often dangerous.
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