The Tea Party movement may have grown out of the outrage over the George W. Bush bank bailouts during and because of the financial crisis, and many of those now in Congress campaigned on that sentiment in order to win their seats, but at least two of those from Florida cast aside their constituents and the reason they won support in the first place soon after their arrival in Washington.
As Think Progress has pointed out, Sandy Adams and Allen West sold out their so called anti-Wall Street views in return for big contributions from banks and financial industry PACs in order to block the same kinds of regulations that would prevent another crisis, and perhaps another bailout courtesy of the tax payers that put them in office in the first place.
Sandy Adams, who said on her website that she opposed government bailouts - period, has raked in a total so far of $33,650 from banks enrolled in the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, and from the American Bankers Association.
Allen West has been bankrolled to the tune of $8,500 from TARP banks and the American Bankers Association.
Floridians can thank them for potentially making it easier for taxpayers to lose again in the event of another financial crisis. While some regulations have been put in place, Republicans like West and Adams have worked hard to block many more, and banks haven't stopped taking risks as they did before, as we recently saw with JP Morgan Chase.
Sandy Adams, Allen West, and others have swapped your rights for those of the big banks, illustrating once more that the Tea Party concept is nothing but a scam, and many voters bought into it, and will pay for it in the end.
Unfortunately we all will.