If the Tea party won, America lost

Tea Party GatheringGlenn Greenwald participated in a New York Times debate with eight other people on the question of did the Tea Party win in the debt ceiling war.

His contribution is well worth reading in full, as usual, because of his insightful views of who owns and controls the federal government, and the differences between what various political factions stand for, and what they actually do. While Greewald praises the Tea Party for standing firm behind its convictions – something that establishment Democrats generally and House progressives in particular don’t seem capable of doing – he also notes that many of their policies are destructive and the opposite of what Americans want, like an increase in taxes to deal with the deficit and debt.

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