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    "Once you start hollowing the core of what the government does; when you shrink it to the point that you are able to drown it in the bathtub, you eliminate the very reason for government to exist in the first place"

    I agree with this portion of your argument.  However, I would argue that the goal of some  is not anarchy, but rather  to move the power from the Federal government to the individual States.  We are still having the same debate that took place between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.   That is why the 10th Amendment comes up in so many debates.

    I would distinguish further by splitting the Tea Part goals from the goals of mainstream Republicans.  The have always and continue to be the champions of business and the already wealthy.   The mainstream Republicans also seek to take power from the Feds, but not all power.  The want to continue to use the Federal power to benefit their contributors.  Consider Federal funding of subcontractors, the defense industry, physicians salaries under Medicare.  Mainstream Republicans only want to shrink that portion of government that works to disadvantage their contributors.  In short, they lie.  They are not against government.  They are for that potion of government they can use to their advantage.  Consider the Rand Paul versus Cheney debate.  

    If the chief goal of the mainstream  Republican Party was really paying down the debt, they would have to be for cutting spending and raising taxes.   How else can we pay down our debt?  Yes, Republicans want to pay down the debt, but they don't want to make the sacrifices necessary to do that.  

     As I see it, the chief functions of government, state and federal, is to distribute benefits and burdens.   Each party works to the greatest extent possible to benefit their supporters and pass the burdens on to the opposition.  

    I thank you for your post.  It is a great contribution to the discussion.   I look forward to your response and or rebuttal.

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