Baton Rouge Tax Tea Party

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:12pm

Frustrated citizens plan to take over the steps of the state capitol. They’re upset about the federal stimulus plan. And as our Kianga Kelley explains they’re throwing a “party.”

Nearly 30,000 people took to the streets in more than 40 cities last month after CNBC’s Rick Santelli decided to fight the government through a protest called “The National Chicago Tea Party.” Now that movement is making its way to the Red Stick.

As President Barack Obama’s plan to bail out the country catches heat from American taxpayers, a movement is pron. On April 15th, hundreds of thousands of people across the nation are expected to fill the streets once again to protest against what they consider the government’s out of control spending.

Banicka and Myron are tired of bailouts and say, “We’re tired of all the bailouts and we’re glad somebody is doing something about it. Jeff Blanco with says “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting different results.”

Inspired by the national tax tea party, a group of people decided to meet at the Botanical Garden to start heir own movement a week and a half ago and already the group has a growing number of followers. Dwight Hudson says, “Baton Rouge Tea Party is not anti-anything, we are pro America. We’re just trying to find solutions that Americans can use to make the country better.”

The group says that since Election Day the national debt has increased by 10%. When taking over the steps of the state capitol next month, the Baton Rouge Tea Party hopes to send a serious message to lawmakers, stop or be voted out. “We’re not solving the problem; what we’re only doing is creating a much bigger problem. IF we can’t deal with this problem today how are we going to deal with it then?”

Again, the Baton Rouge Tea Part is April 15th. That same day people across the nation are expected to participate in the national version called the Tax Day Tea Party. Click here to find out more.