You might want to define what you think "their own interests" are before you ask the question.
I don't belong to the Tea Party, but I certainly believe in a lot of what they are trying to do. You, my friend, are obviously of the bent that more government regulation produces better results. It is quite possible to get the government off the peoples' backs and have a cleaner, healthier, richer, and more tolerant society.
Ever hear of churches? They provided much of what the government now taxes you to provide, however they did their work without 27 layers of bureaucracy.
My mother recently passed from Alzheimer’s disease and for the nearly two years she was bed-ridden Medicare covered her at-home nursing care. The Medicare-approved plan consisted of daily (M-F) sponge baths which took about 1 hour each (22 hours a month) and a visit from a RN once a month (2 hours). For this, the hospital charged $8,000 a month. Let’s say the RN charges $100 an hour, and the elderly care technician charges $25 an hour. That’s a total of $850 for services and $7,150 in administrative charges to process paperwork and government-mandated forms.
A government large enough to hand out a trillion dollars to the jerks that ran the banks into the ground and caused the problem is what the Tea Party wants to see disappear. It might have been a lot smarter to make that money available to homeowners, which would have propped up the home values, and mitigated the meltdown. But you have to repay graft somewhere, don’t you?
If you want to see the daily impact of out-of-control government spending, visit http://www.myhomevirtuoso.com/natldebt.html when you get a chance.