The issue divides us theologically as seen in the polls showing that that conservative Protestants are more likely to view budget cuts as the end in itself, and this religious group is the backbone of the tea party. The basis for these slants to political issues, I think, comes from skepticism about human ability to change God’s predestination about who is saved and who is damned.

–Washington Post “On Faith” contributor Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, trying to explain why conservative Protestants favor a balanced federal budget, and in the process mostly demonstrating why some liberal Catholics should never seek to explain anything about conservative Protestants (he’s wrong on the substantive issue as well; polling indicates that evangelicals are in favor of spending cuts leading to an eventual balanced budget for the same reason as the majority of Americans favor such cuts: because the alternative is national bankruptcy and a horrendous economic future for everybody)