What are they protesting? Increased taxes? The current budget bill calls for reduced overall federal taxation. Reduced means less, BTW. Are they complaining about the increased spending? Then why don't they call it Spending Enough Already (SEA) Party? Just sayin'.
Is the TEA party based on the original Tea Party movement from the 1770's? If so, then it is not consistnet with the same argument which was taxation without representation. These nutjobs have representation, they just lost the election. That's what a republican democracy is all about.
Obviously some other factors are at work with this well-organized movement, and I smell corporatism disguised as populism. We have the puppetmasters (Armey and Gingrich) whipping up the ignoramuses again with some new faux outrage. I guess abortion, prayer in schools and gun rights just can't get them elected anymore.