Tea Party Protest at Capitol

By: Katie Kim Email
By: Katie Kim Email

Tea party activists, numbering more than 1,000 strong, marked tax deadline day in a loud way.

"In michigan, we are already taxed to death," says Joan Fabiano of Grassroots in MI.

Tea partiers blame government overspending for Michigan's high unemployment and foreclosure rates. Protestors say the biggest government grievance is the new federal healthcare reform law.

"This is my health and the health of my fellow Americans," says protestor Joanne Jacobson. "I consider it to be very private. I don't want bureaucrats in Washington telling my doctor what he can and can't do."

Across the capitol lawn, anti-tea partiers protested in a quieter way, stationing this billboard near the rally.

"No one likes paying taxes just like a 16-year-old doesn't like doing chores. But it's a way of contributing to the family. And like that, taxes is a way we are contributing to the family of America," says David Holtz of Progress Michigan.

Holtz tells us Americans are paying less in taxes this year than in years past. But activists say mounting debt means trouble for future generations.

"Forty percent of the budget being borrowed, you can't run a household that way, so you shouldn't be able to run a government that way," says protestor John Kirsch.

Tea party activists rallied against new taxes and healthcare reform, but mainly they came hoping politicians would listen come November.

"We need to get back to conservative financial roots and try to turn this train around," Kirsch says.

Attorney General Mike Cox got the crowd roaring with his charge that the federal health care changes are unconstitutional. The Republican gubernatorial hopeful has joined in a lawsuit challenging the laws.

Protestors say this is only the beginning of a long road to the 2010 elections.

Tea party protestors held other rallies across the state in Jackson, Pontiac, Grand Rapids and Port Huron. Last year, about 4,000 tax protesters gathered at the Capitol.

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  • by jon Location: okemos on Apr 16, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    Who was it,someone was sleeping while Rome was burning?
  • by A Location: Thomas on Apr 16, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    First of all there is no way there were over a 1000 people in attendance. Maybe 700 and that is generous. The problem is these people want govt. services but don't want taxes. I am sorry but you can't have your cake and eat it too.
  • by Leah on Apr 16, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    While there are a number of things the Tea Party stands for that I agree with, there also are a few things I do not appreciate. I do not like that they are using their new found power to harrash moderate politicans out. That in someways they swing to far to the right. That some of them literally foam at the mouth when they use the word democrat. Sorry but while a number of us may agree with a lot of what they stand for, we will not be party to their brand of harrashment as a way of getting things done.
  • by Sam on Apr 15, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    I wonder why the reporter on this, said the Tea Party protesters were noisy and the Anti Tea partiers, were the quiet ones, I'm for the loud ones( if thats really what they were) we need to get the govt.'s attention, we're the ones who are paying the bills !!!
  • by Fred B Location: Lansing MI on Apr 15, 2010 at 03:18 PM
    Yea they don't Washington telling the doctors what they can and can't do but it ok for wall street in the form of the insurance industry to tell them what is covered and what isn't. These poor people just don't get it.
  • by mike b Location: dansville on Apr 15, 2010 at 03:08 PM
    why are we protesters if we think we are over taxed?
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