But how do they feel about foreclosure? And, where does the Tea Party stand on the real estate crisis that has almost brought the American financial system to a standstill?
CNBC's Rick Santelli's now famous rant is credited with kick-started the Tea Party movement, even though Santelli has denied he is a part of the party and that his comment was anything other than spontaneous combustion (i.e., great TV).
Santelli yelled: "Why don't you put up a website to have people vote on the Internet as a referendum to see if we really want to subsidize the losers' mortgages. Or would we like to at least buy cars and buy houses in foreclosure and give them to people that might have a chance to actually prosper down the road, and reward people that could carry the water instead of drink the water?"
But it turns out that kicking folks out of their homes is a core tenet of the Tea Party movement. In an exchange with Stephen Colbert, Freedomworks leader Brendan Steinhauser admitted that bailing out anybody, from banks to homeowners with bad mortgages is unfair. He also believes that most folks facing foreclosure bought homes they couldn't afford.
(What about folks who could afford their homes with the jobs they had at the time, only to lose them in the worst recession since the Great Depression?)
It looks like 2011 is going to be the worst year on record for foreclosures, according to Rick Sharga, of RealtyTrac (I'll post the latest numbers tomorrow).
TeaParty.org cares enough about foreclosures to run the press release on its website. With 5 million homeowners behind in their mortgage payments, foreclosures have hit just about every community in this country, with near-misses for millions more, including Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell.
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Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask and Buy, Close, Move In!. She blogs about money and real estate at ThinkGlink.com and The Equifax Personal Finance Blog, and is Chief Content Strategist at RealtyJoin.com, a community for real estate investors.