September 12th, 2009
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Tea Party Express rallies against 'big government'

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Tens of thousands marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to protest health care reform. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) – On the final stop of the Tea Party Express, thousands marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to protest health care reform, higher taxes and what they see as out-of-control government spending.

The conservative advocacy group began their trip in Sacramento, California, and made its way across the country, hosting rallies in about 30 cities. Washington is the final destination. Members gathered on the west side of the Capitol on Saturday.

At each stop, the tour highlights members of Congress "who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes, and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses," according to The Tea Party Express Web site.

One woman at the rally summed up her feelings about issues this way: "It's too much too fast."

A major theme of the rally was the push for less government.

"The government should be doing things that are authorized by the constitution; they should be doing things that the people want, not things that they just decide are nifty. We can't afford these things any more.

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  1. Bpin

    Great to see voters out expressing their opinions. Govt. spending was out of control whrn GWB was in office and now in less than a year BHO has trumped that. The bottomline is, all the expert economist are telling us we can never pay this level of debt off, and we just ignore them. There will be 50% tax rates in less than 10 years.

    September 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. AndrewCPA

    I am waiting for the post to call this group a bunch right wing nuts. I had a few friends attend this and they were not all from the right. They were moderate Dems, Independents, and Republicans. I think we all need to make sure we hold our elected officials accountable for spending, taxing, and all other things they do. We elected them and we can fire them. We need term limits so when can end the 'business as usual' term that both sides throw out.

    September 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Debbie

    Thousands are a lot of people...but they are not millions. In the scope of protests this isn't really as big as you would think.

    The push or theme of the rally was the push for less government with the quote: "The government should be doing things that are authorized by the constitution"

    It was the Constitutional Convention that came up with the idea of a strong central government.

    Which way does it go? Strong Central Government via the Constitution OR Another Confederation of States?

    Also, it was "the Constitution" that gave the "government" the right to tax! It was the Constitution that gave the government to hold the purse strings.

    Perhaps the teabaggers should revisit grades 5, 8, and 10 where this was explained.

    Maybe these people didn't go to school?

    September 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Blake, TN

    Can't believe so many people don't want everyone to have health insurance. Where I live most people work for less than $10.00 a hour.
    They work hard love their family and love God, and you stand there and say no you don't need any help finding health insurance. I hope I see you explain this on judgement day......

    September 12, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Republicans are happy to protest big government...unless it's big Republican government. This hypocrisy among the Republicans is thick and rife at these "tea parties" and in the blogs.

    September 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. annie

    I noticed that many "tea-baggers" look to be 65 and older. Do they reject the socialist funds of Social Security and Medicare? I doubt it.

    September 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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