This USAToday reader has it right. The real test of Tea Party effectiveness will come when they are asked to give up their share of government largess. Will we actually fight to reduce spending?
1. Will Tea Party seniors support reductions in Social Security and Medicare benefits and increases to the retirement age?
2. Will Tea Party farmers support elimination of farm and ethanol subsidies?
3. Will Tea Party members from Long Beach, Calif., support canceling the C-17 aircraft program?
4. Will Tea Party members from the Space Coast and Houston support cutbacks to the manned space program?
If the answer is yes, then the movement serves a purpose. Otherwise, it does not.