With the recent spate of articles blaming the Tea Party for polarizing the system, I would like to apply some critical thought.
First, the U.S. and the state are basically bankrupt. Second, the "current" system of Democrats and Republicans fighting like cats and dogs is what resulted in said bankruptcy. Third, the Tea Party and other Republicans are the ones who want to decrease spending. Fourth, if those who want to decrease spending are removed from the process (or were suddenly more pliant), then we would have had more spending than we actually had; that is to say, we would be even "more bankrupt," to coin an awkward phrase.
Thus, those who lament Republicans who are preventing state budget deals or Tea Party congressmen fighting for more cuts are actually advocating we should be even deeper in debt! Thank God for the conservative minority fighting to the end.
The recent budget deal means we will add $8 trillion in new debt over 10 years instead of $10 trillion; some cuts.