Tea Party Politics Hit Duluth
Posted at: 09/25/2012 11:29 PM
| Updated at: 09/27/2012 7:31 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
The Tea Party Express came to Duluth on Tuesday, but there was representation from both sides, both for and and against.
Earlier in the day, Tea Party supporters turned out to hear from the organization. This is the 8th national bus tour for the group, and it made its way to Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park.
The tour started in Florida and is making its way to California, hitting 29 states overall. Chairperson Amy Kremer said its more Republican representation in Congress that's crucial to avoid a looming fiscal cliff. She said our country can't spend our way out of out of debt or into prosperity.
"When people cast their ballots, most people will be casting their ballots based on the economy. And we've got an opportunity to reign in some change and that's through the ballot box," Kremer said.
Meanwhile, folks opposed to the movement showing up to that rally, and also held an event of their own. The group gathered at the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street.
One of the speakers at that gathering was Duluth City Councilor Sharla Gardner. Gardner said the Tea Party has worked to take away earned benefits for taxpayers like Medicare, something she said should not be classified as entitlements.
"These programs are something that we have a say over what happens to them. And we don't need to have them privatized. We need to have them protected, so that your benefits when you retire will be protected as well."
Gardner said while there are a lot of places to cut in government, it shouldn't include the taking away people's benefits.