KMBC — Big Crowds Turn Out For ‘Tea Parties’ Across Metro


Thousands Attend Tax Day Protests
Big Crowds Turn Out For ‘Tea Parties’ Across Metro
April 15, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of tax protesters, fed up with what they call runaway spending in Washington, gathered across Kansas City and across the country on Wednesday.

In Lee’s Summit, nearly 300 people turned out for a “tea party” on the steps at City Hall to express their frustration at how their tax dollars are being spent.

About 3,000 people also attended a tax protest at Liberty Memorial Wednesday afternoon.

About 10,000 people attended another protest at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park Wednesday evening.

Supporters said they want to restore the basic free-market principles on which America was built.

Protests said they’re concerned about Social Security, debt and taxes.

“The government is spending money that we can’t pay back. We’re saving money — we’re cutting back on our spending, and they’re spending money twice as fast. You can’t keep spending money when taxes are going down. Where are you going to get the money to pay for it?” said Robin Mrazek, of Warrensburg.

“The only way money can be acquired for it is to take it from our children and grandchildren. So it’s really not any different than what Bernie Madoff has done,” said Tom Lehman, of Lee’s Summit.

“This is one of the most exciting things I have ever been a part of, because it’s not about any party — other than ‘we the people,'” Gary Grider said.

“This is about the people, and someone needs to remind the government that they work for us — we don’t work for them,” Darla Jaye said.

“I think government is out of touch, and we need to tell them who really runs the show,” Benjamin Hodge said.

“For me to take them seriously, I would like for every one of them to have brought their stimulus check they got, their $600 they got last summer, and burned it if they really cared about spending. But they don’t. It’s anti-Obama,” Democratic political activist Steve Glorioso said.