Zero-sum thinking in American conservatism goes deeper than disputing spoils. The Tea Party's view about things like benefits is a subset of a more general vein of conservative thought in which liberty itself is seen as a zero-sum commodity.
I like watching how Tea Party radio plays a role in the care and feeding of radical ideas. No Social Security. No food stamps. No pesky Great Society programs to sink the economy and hold back the poor from thriving.
The results of comparing the online coverage of the Tea Party with the coverage for the first few months of OWS' existence show that the two movements are represented online in dramatically different ways.