August 28th, 2009
12:26 PM ET
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'Tea Party Express' trucks on with tour aimed at health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - They're angry and not going to take it anymore. And now they are doing something about it – again.

On Friday, the "Tea Party Express" group will travel cross-country on a bus tour starting in Sacramento, California and winding down in Washington, D.C. on September 12.

It's at that point, the group notes, that a three-day march on the nation's capitol will take place to protest the country's rising deficit and fear over taxes being raised.

The tea party movement gained momentum this year as several parties were held across the country this summer to protest President Obama and the Democrats' economic stimulus plans, among other things.

On July 4, nearly 2,000 advocates - toting signs and chanting slogans - rallied outside Congress. Activists said the TEA Party Day - an acronym for "Taxed Enough Already" - was in response to what they called runaway government spending.

But now, the focus is namely on health care reform – a key issue that has created the spark for a bigger, wide-encompassing debate throughout the country and in Congress.

"What brought everything together was the Obama-care idea, which contains every odiferous objection," Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams said Friday. "Is it health care? [Ted] Kennedy care?"

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  1. Sean

    Ah, a cross-country idiot tour. Sure hope they don't come by my neck of the woods, because I don't care a single bit what they have to say. I'm tired of having ignorant drivel spouted at us by people like this....

    August 28, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Sign me up

    ...I say when they get to DC that a human chain be stretched across the roads to prevent those idiots from entering the city, or we just follow them around and shout the truth back at them.

    Oh never mind!

    August 28, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Idiot_Pelosi

    For you dopes asking where were we the last 8 years?

    #1) Wasn't happy about the BUSH deficit either.

    #2) But I guess BUSH was a much better President than we thought since it has taken OBUMMER 8 months to quadruple the deficit that Bush accumulated in 8 years.

    #3) Yeah, you dumocrats alwasy want someone else to pay for you. Well, I for one, will not pay anymore tax increases. I'm going to be like the DUMOcrats, sit back, cheat on my taxes, and join the Obummer Welfare train.

    Go ahead and whine, but the FACTS don't lie. Unemployment UP. Taxes UP. DEFICIT, way UP. Yeah, Some Change? An ignorant fool who has never successfully run a business and couldn't manage a MOM and POP store.

    August 28, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. RR

    It's Redneck season again....

    August 28, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Hugo

    You have awakened the sleeping population of middle class TAX PAYING CITIZENS of the United States of America. Our current form of radical Government will now suffer the wrath of transparency, removing the obscurity of the bureaucratic curtain form which you ALL operate. American citizens will demand accountability from our elected officials for the mess in which we find ourselves and the waste of our hard earned dollars. For those in the "Government family network" you will soon find out we are on to you and your ideology of reshaping OUR Nation is futile! Once you have lost the middle class tax dollar, you have nothing, who will pay to support your programs for the non-deserving masses? If you can't deport 12 million for illegal entry, you can't arrest 12 million for failure to fund your corrupted government!

    August 28, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Where, oh, where were these protests for 'fiscal responsibility' when Bush Jr. doubled the national debt and hence doubled the tax burden of the interest on that national debt? Oh right, they were just enjoying their 'tax cuts.' A tax cut IS the generational theft they so self-righteously protest! While we have deficits people should NOT ask for tax cuts for themselves. That just increases the debt, and hence the interest payments their OWN CHILDREN have to pay!

    August 28, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Lori in St Pete

    How many of the bus tour folks are insurance industry workers being paid from the premiums their employers receive from customers? Must be nice to get paid to go on an all-expenses-paid two-week cross country sightseeing tour.

    August 28, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. cevans, tx

    God, please protect us from these idiots who have nothing better to do! You delivered us from Bush, please do the same with these STUPID, CLUELESS, HEARTLESS HYPOCRITES.

    Praying everyday for CHANGE!!

    August 28, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Tom

    I particularly love the woman with the "Line for Dying Starts Here" sign. These are the same people who supported a president who went to war with a nation with admittedly false intelligence and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. I guess they were in the line for dying too...they just didn't know it. I think it's safe to say that Republicans now are for one idea: Change the world to fit your perceptions, but heaven forbid that we change to keep up with the rest of the world. Maybe since they are all so nostalgic we should replace their semi-auto assault rifles for "protection" with replica muskets...

    August 28, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. nea

    Those of you who keep saying that our President is ruining our country let me remind you where was this country about a year ago? I remember well when the dow crumble fannie mae and freddie mae went under and i dont want to criticize G. Bush but where was he then where was he during Hurricane Katrina. And because this President who i voted for and i have no regret wants to put this country back on track all we hear is he is a socialist he is a columist or whatever! And you know what im glad he took the bold action that was needed to try to fix the economy im glad he want to Reform healthcare and do other things that will help this country, The right opinion is just different from the left the left wants to help people get on their feet the right want to save and hold to what they got and hope that someone will help.

    August 28, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Patriotic American

    So they're taking time off work to be unpaid shills for big insurance companies? How embarrassing...

    August 28, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. rapotat

    Little did Ronald Reagan know that when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his entire party would eventually suffer the same fate.

    Yes, our country does - deserve better - especially considering the garbage George Bush handled off to Mr. Obama on January 20, 2009.

    Thankfully, we elected a president up to the task.

    Whatever the agenda these tea baggers have, it is laughable at best. The damage was done long before Mr. Obama became president.

    August 28, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. KJ

    I can not believe the number of willfully stupid people out there. Makes me want to move to a small island way far away.

    August 28, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    Wow with all these posts you'd think republicans are the party of tolorance. When did all of you liberals get so nasty!

    August 28, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Marc

    The original tea party protesters were against raising taxes because the money would not be used in America, and they had no right to oppose the King's laws and thus had no real representativity and the lack of response from the authorities led to independance ideals.
    The current tea party protesters are against raising taxes when the money is to be use din America and in Americans, they have the whole right to protest (as long as they do not purposedly disturb the place were they are) and have real representation, but they are not in command of the situation anymore...
    THAT's why they are protesting!

    August 28, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I love Michael Vick!

    Why can't these Republican protest peacefully like we Dems do at the global economic summits?

    August 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Reagan was wrong

    Why is everyone in the picture white?

    August 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Brad

    Have any of these people even read any of the proposals or are they just out there because someone told them to?

    As soon as these protestors can express an opinion with fact, I might listen.

    August 28, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. gl, From Pittsburgh

    The pro-healthcare buses will be in DC about then as well. I hope they wear bullet-proof vests since these right wing nutters are probably armed and god knows unwilling to let other people have differing opinions.

    Amen! God please watch over them and keep them safe from the right wing gun nuts.

    August 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Peter E

    These people aren't even aware what they are protesting. over 90% of our federal budget is tied up and untouched. It's mainly spent on the military, Medicare, Social Security, and, of course, the interest on the national debt. Nobody talks about those. If anything,. republicans make up myths and try to protest any cuts to to any of those, despite the fact that the spending under Obama increased for the military, and is projected to increase for both Medicare and Social Security as well. And yet republicans don't want those cut. Instead, they are protesting less than 10% of the federal budget spending. (and based on the specific items they mention, I'd say less than 2%) Thank God Americans don't know math!

    August 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Post always rejected by CNN

    You spelled that wrong you put T where a P should be and they certainly are....they republicans...can you believe they come from America......

    August 28, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Hawk

    Obama has caused massive deficits and is showing no signs of slowing down as he takes the nation further toward total bankruptcy.Maybe this is the plan. The tea baggers are ordinary citizens who are fed up with the give away mentality of this admin.

    August 28, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Trang

    Republicans don't believe in government. Why do they run in government? We pay them for doing nothing?

    I guess we pay them to do something for the benefit of the common interest. – ie. health care for all Americans. The businesses – in particular, the insurance business – pay them to do nothing – or stand out of their way. The politicans pocket both ways – and I guess how they sway depends on who pay them more.

    It's sickening. When you are healthy, and you can handle the burden to help other people, you don't mind really. In fact, you are happy to make a difference in their life. But when you are not healthy, and you don't think you can handle the burden, you feel burdened. and feel angry that other people are putting more burden on you. So, don't feel mad at them, feel bad for them, since they are not healthy, they are weak inside ... even though they may shout loudly outside.

    August 28, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. TRA

    Thanks D.P. That's what I've been asking for some time. Where the heck were ya when millions on millions of dollars (tax payer dollars) were disapering with NO acountability??? These freaks and the birthers are a scary bunch. Shows our education system needs some help.

    August 28, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Barbara Independent in NY

    It scares me that so many people can be so easily lead by bold face lies and fear tactics. When did we become such a selfish people that we no longer want to look out for one another. A society that does not take care of their people will eventually perish.

    August 28, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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