Tea Party Poll

Today’s New York Times has an article about a New York Times/CBS news poll of people that self-identify with the Tea Party movement.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/us/politics/15poll.html?hp

The end of the article was humorous to me:

Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the benefits.

Others could not explain the contradiction.

“That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.”