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


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. knewhywould

    On a street corner yesterday I saw a man with a sign that read:

    "911 was an inside job"

    When I first saw his sign, I found it hard to believe.
    But it got me thinking. Remember how once we got close to getting bin laden, Bush called back the troops?
    And Cheney's company, Haliburton, made a pile of money off the bogus war in Iraq.
    Us taxpayers, in addition to paying for the wars "off budget," got left with a trillion dollar deficit because Bush/Cheney gave $800 billion in bailouts to the big banks so they could keep paying their CEO friends million dollar bonuses.

    Now they say we have no money left to pay for healthcare for our own US citizens!

    Hey, "911 was an inside job" -makes you think, doesn't it?
    Look at who gained and who now has to pay.
    Why don't Hannity and Limbough get outraged about this? Who pays their big fat salaries?

    Obama and the Dems may not be perfect, but at least they have their hearts in the right place. They seem to be on the side of us regular US taxpayers and patriots.

    September 12, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. joe h.

    The only thing missing from those rallie's are the white sheets and hoods.

    September 12, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Freeman

    Racist America has spoken!

    September 12, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. jbell

    They only like to spend money on killing Arabs. Anything spent on our citizens sickens them.

    September 12, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Go Away W

    where were these patriots when W racked up billions on War – at least Obama wants to spend this $ in our country.

    September 12, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Michigan

    Most citizens are NOT sure to keep your reporting fair and realistic...

    September 12, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Liz

    This is the most partisan "bipartisan" group I have ever witnessed. Are they aware that BUSH passed the first (and by far the worst) economic stimulus package with the banks?

    I live in Michigan-the Stimulus is actually working (shock to me as well). GM and Chrysler are beginning to hire again! These people need to realize that we got into this financial mess because of 8 years of republican rule. Clinton left office with a surplus....Obama inherited a huge deficit...

    so I guess it is....Obamas fault? Hmmm...

    September 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Mike in MN

    The people in the Tea Party movement and who are showing up at Town Halls will be the force that pull our nation back from the brink of disaster. The direction of the liberal lead Washington are leading us over the cliff of no return with their out of contol spending and growth of government. If this is not stopped soon it will be too late. The debt will become so crushing that our economy will not be able to support it and we will not be able to raise taxes high enough without destroying our economy to pay for it. Obama and Pelosi are willfully destroying our nation.

    September 12, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. lovable liberal

    Where were they during Duhbya's deep deficit spending?

    September 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. NoTelePrompTer

    Will the "deaf and blind to the wishes of the people" Congress and Obama LISTEN to these people? Probably not. They are becoming more arrogant each day and have forgotten just who and what they are supposed to be working for. Be aware....for every person that is in Washington opposing the BIG SPENDING of the Government and the Health Care that is proposed, there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS more at HOME privately CHEERING them on and wishing they could have joined them.

    This IS a non-partisan rally. I know this for a fact.

    September 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. ge ontario

    I guest the insurance industry is having there employees work weekends the month of september

    September 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Marge, Texas

    The theme is "Our country deserves better"... So, let me get this straight... The health care lobby fighting against health care reform just happen to have $375. million dollars in the petty cash drawer to give the lobbyists to bribe...oops "influence" our politicians. Rick Sanchez reported that another Republican politician got caught in another sex scandal with a lobbyist. Our health care costs are through the roof and millions of Americans are losing their insurance monthy. We bailed out these insurance corporations so that our great great children will still be paying trillions of dollar of taxes for decades in the future. Then those corporations same corporations shamelessly continue to pay their CEO's and executives billions in bonuses after their failed corporations had to be saved by the government and our tax dollars. And you these thousands marching think someone ....even the government ...could do worse than this.

    I guess our health care is so bad that we have thousands of Americans who are brain dead.

    September 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. john

    give me a break. more like the redneck express

    September 12, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. irishny

    Good for them!
    Someones got to speak up for the tax payers,and try to reign in massive government spending!

    September 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Brought to you by the KKK and all the health insurance companies across the land.

    September 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Al, Southern California

    Not so many these "conservatives" religious extremists. Democrats and Obama should not look back on GOP. Most of GOP 'base' are undereducated poor souls. Good moderates should make a new, reasonable conservative party.

    September 12, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. afp

    Look.... it's the MILLION MORON MARCH!

    September 12, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Rick in OP

    It looks like the Second American Revolution has begun.

    September 12, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. john

    Crap! Just what we don't need!

    September 12, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Roger

    No to Big Goverment? Who has the greatest goverment in the world? America. That makes sense........let tear down the greatest goverment the world has known......gee Tea Partiers you guys are real patriots.

    September 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Cynthia in MI

    And where were all the TPs when George Bush thought his war was a "nifty idea?" You know, the war that has cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars. It stretches even the most fertile imagination that this is anything but a white rant against an African-American president. Yes, I'm white, but fortunately was brought up to have moral integrity.

    September 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    I'm sure that when president Obama saw them coming in there 200,000.00+dollor moterhomes towing a 30,000.00 car he imediatly changed his mind.

    September 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Death Panel Sarah

    Let the DC sniper out for a final fling before he is executed. He never did like tea bags.

    September 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Roy

    Why do you folks ONLY report on conservative demonstrations? When 50,000 rallied at city hall in NYC on March 5th FOR big government (i.e. effective government working for working class individuals), I didn't hear a word from this newssite. Such buffet pickings of history distorts the reality of our political situation and gives disproportionately more voice to the GOP.

    September 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. ben

    Most of these are Rich folks who want people to believe it's about socialism. I say to you, tax them Mr. Obama and fix healthcare!

    September 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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