The Tea Party does not defend big oil. The Tea Party is about reducing the size of the federal gov and all the entittlements that are breaking us financially. We currently have 25 million foreigners in our country getting social security who never put a dime in the system. Just about every entittlement program out there is tracked back to funds borrowed from Social Security. What is causing all the issues is last year was the first year when Congress had to pay back IOUs to Social Security in real money they had borrowed. While SS shows it has plenty of money on the books, the reality is the "money" being counted is in the form of IOUs.