James Poulos insists that small goverment advocates have a coherent view of the world, which isn't the same as being consistent:
Americans want to break our national addiction to entitlement spending. But they know that'll restore some burdens. And they're already feeling pretty burdened. It's not incoherence at work. It's a recognition that things have gotten so bad that it's going to hurt to steer our federal governance back toward our founding principles. Who wants to volunteer to feel that pain?
Presumably not the Tea Partiers. That's why some of us are worried that we'll get the odious parts of their belief system without even getting fiscal conservatism in the bargain.