Tea parties were a waste of time
Now that the GOP isn't in control, they act like they're outraged about government spending. Neither party can credibly argue they're for smaller government. GOP wants less pork for alternative fuels and environmentally friendly stuff, the Dems want less wealth transfers to corporations. Neither actually wants a smaller government, they just want more regulation and spending on different things.
If we're going to get serious about shrinking the government, we need to cut spending. The "starve the beast" idea where massive deficits will force fiscal responsibility has not worked, will not work. Our politicians, at large, have shown a complete unwillingness to look to the future with fiscal responsibility. If we aren't willing to cut spending, we'll have much bigger things to protest than increased taxes, we'll have to protest the lack of garbage pickup, really dysfunctional transportation, and the loss of the entire social safety net.
The tea parties showed only one thing. We're not willing to protest about real issues. We're only willing to protest the opposing party.