Michael Tomasky stays well within his comfort zone with his criticism of the Tea Party phenomenon (The US Republicans have created a Frankenstein monster, 17 September). Not for him to point out where the movement is most obviously inconsistent. It takes America's "dissident" Republican, Rep Ron Paul from Texas, to do so. He points out the inherent contradictions in being against big government at home, while supporting it abroad, in financing more than 700 military bases in over 120 countries by borrowing and printing money; and in cutting a few thousand dollars from an inner-city swimming pool, while turning a blind eye to a Pentagon defence budget that nearly equals those of the rest of the world combined.
In other words, both President Obama and the Tea Party are part of the problem rather than the solution.