Thousands Rally Against Government Spending During Grand Junction Tax Day Tea Party

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

More than 200 years after American colonists held the Boston Tea Party, millions across the country held a new kind of Tea Party -- including right here in Grand Junction -- to express their frustration with government spending.

When many people hear the word tea party, the last thing they would expect to see is thousands of people cheering, chanting, and dancing. But members of GJ Result, who organized a Tax Day Tea Party in Grand Junction Wednesday, say that's exactly what they wanted.

"I think first and foremost this is an expression of frustration with the wrong economic policies of the federal government," said GJ Result spokesperson Dennis White.

More than 2,700 people from across Western Colorado and Eastern Utah packed the field at Lincoln Park. While most of them weren't afraid to tell you they are not big fans of the Obama Administration or the Democratic Majority in Congress --

"There needs to be change, but not the change that we've had," said Cal Bilger, who attended the rally with his wife.

-- they say their message is for Republican leaders as well.

"The Republicans have lost track of their conservative roots and they've been spending way too much money, willing to put up with these high taxes," said White. "We've got to turn the Republican Party around as well as the Democratic Party."

Many came wearing tea bags to reference how American Colonists dealt with British rule. They say lawmakers in Congress aren't listening to their constituents and are building up a huge debt that will be passed on to future generations -- and now they need to be dealt with.

"When we got the British out of here with muskets and tea, we threw out over-taxation without representation," said Bilger. "This is what needs to happen again."

"Certainly, you could feel the vibration in the crowd," said Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland, who spoke during the event. "Folks were very, very enthused to do something about this."

And although the speeches, rally, and march along 12th Street only lasted for about an hour and a half, those who came say the real mission of the party was to keep that energy going into the future.

"It's more than a rally," said Rowland. "It's about rallying folks together and making connections with them, so we can continue to draw on grassroots support to fight the fight."

There were rumors that counter protest was also going to happen, but no such event took place.


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  • by Diana Location: Grand Junction on Aug 15, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    I can't believe that you have not told the truth about people out in support of President Obama - there were plenty of people that went to a lot of work to show support for President Obama and all that I have seen on your web site and on the news has been extremely one sided.
  • by Kat Location: Clifton on Apr 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    President Obama is doing the best anyone could do to clean up the biggest financial disaster our country has ever seen, courtesy of Bush and his flagrant spending and now the conservatives are suddenly up in arms? Where were they when Bush was running us into the deep hole? Our country didn't get this way in just a few months. It took eight years of Bush & Co. building upon the failed economic policies of Reagan et al. Also, people should pay attention to history a bit more. IF they really wanted to emulate the original tea party they would pay heed and realise, as one friend put it,"The Boston Tea Party was in fact an act of vandalism against the world's largest retailer. If you were going to recreate it today, you would go into Walmart and pull all the Chinese made goods off the shelf and throw them into the river." These Fox-machinated protests are misguided and will not contribute in any positive kind of way to the betterment of our country and fellow citizens.
  • by Dennis Location: Grand Junction on Apr 15, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    It looks like one of the biggest immediate problems for this movement will be the GOP trying to take it over. The GOP is just as guilty in its ignoring what the people of this country want. Both the GOP and Democrat congress people need to be removed from office. They only follow the political direction of their parties. Way too many have been in office too long and need to go. The monitary and ethical corruption that evolves in washington takes hold too soon. They did not even have the strength of character to, as bad as it was, not attach pork to the stimulus bill. The list and type of pork was incredible and sickening.
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