Washington (CNN) - It is strange political bedfellows. Some on the right are joining their usual adversaries on the left in their anger at the proposed tax cut deal.
Of course, the reasons for their dismay are different. While liberals wail at the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 per year and other items, many s are particularly upset that the measure would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit.
Several conservatives, including Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minnesota, are especially concerned the measure extends unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed without any offsetting spending cuts. A spokesman for her said she has not decided how she will vote until she sees the final legislation.
Leaders of the Tea Party Patriots group have sent an email to its supporters laying out some of the problems with the proposal and asking them whether they should oppose it.
"I am very upset. It is a direct breach of the Republican pledge not to add to the deficit," Mark Meckler of the Tea Party Patriots group, said.
"You have Republicans coming out of the gate breaching the pledge they made not to add to the deficit," Meckler said.
Republican leaders countered they are not in charge of the House yet and have vowed there will be more fiscal control once the GOP takes control next month.
Several activists and Republican members of Congress are upset that the measure re-instates the estate tax which had expired.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, vowed earlier this week to filibuster the tax cut bill to prevent a vote on the Senate floor. He said those who ran on the right in the election said they would not vote for anything that increased the deficit. "This does. It raises taxes, it raises the death tax," he told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday.
Club For Growth, a fiscally conservative group that promotes limited government, declared this week its opposition to the tax cut compromise.
"This is bad policy, bad politics, and a bad deal for the American people," Chris Chocola, president of the group, said. "The plan would resurrect the death tax, grow government, blow a hole in the deficit with unpaid-for spending and do so without providing the permanent relief and security our economy needs to finally start hiring and growing again."
Senator-Elect Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Wednesday he would vote against the bill if he was already sworn in.
"One of my biggest concerns is the deficit. So, I think if you're going to extend and add new tax cuts, you should couple them with cuts in spending. Instead, we're coupling them with increases in spending, and I think that's the wrong thing to do," Paul told CNN's "The Situation Room."
Other Republicans counter the negative parts of the bill should be accepted in order to prevent bigger problems.
"There is concern that has been raised ... the question is whether more economic damage to the U.S., to the U.S. economy by allowing the tax increases to go into effect" if the tax cuts are not extended, Rep. Dan Lungren, R-California, said.
Another issue of concern to some tea party activists is that they see this effort as another deal brokered in the back rooms in Washington.
"This reeks as politics as usual," Meckler said. "There is zero transparency."
"We knew we would see politics as usual from the Democrats. For the Republicans we expected to see something different," Meckler said. "There is a lot more housecleaning that needs to be done in 2012."
All of the activists are happy there is at least an short-term extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, but they would like to see them be made permanent – and none of them complained that those tax cuts are not paid for in the new legislation.
A spokesman for the Tea Party Express group said it sees the proposal as a small victory and better than nothing, although it is worried since it hasn't seen the final bill and therefore some of the provisions could change.
Tennessee tea party activist Mark Skoda called the proposal a practical and pragmatic compromise. While he shared the concern about the growth it will cause in the deficit, at the end this was a necessary step.
"The real question is whether the next Congress can take bold steps to reduce the deficit," Skoda said.