Tea Party Express brings out thousands

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Thousands gathered in Riverside Park Saturday with one goal: express their discontent to spending decisions by the state and federal government.

West Michigan conservatives welcomed the Tea Party Express to Grand Rapids. The nation-wide tour hit up four other Michigan cities before cruising into Grand Rapids. The group Tea Party of West Michigan organized Saturday’s event, which welcomed the nation-wide tour.

Before the Tea Party Express arrived, participants listened to patriotic songs and took advantage of an open mic. One by one, tea partiers took to what organizers called the soap box and expressed their opinions.

Many had one thing in common: a desire for less encompassing government programs, most notably when it came to health care reform.

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