Spending Revolt Rolls Into Capitol

6 years 7 months 1 week ago September 13, 2010 Sep 13, 2010 Monday, September 13 2010 Monday, September 13, 2010 6:51:35 PM CDT in News
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JEFFERSON CITY -- The SpendingRevolt.com bus rolled into Jefferson City Monday, but failed to bring a crowd with it. Five people attended the event, but organizers say there is still grassroots support for the cause.

The Spending Revolt is a coalition of taxpayers, families, small business owners, and public policy organizations dedicated to educating and engaging citizens about the mounting federal date. Though it claims to be a bipartisan organization, the coalition is supported primarily by conservative groups.

Some examples of waste the Spending Revolt claims are:
  •  $2 Million to capture and study exotic ants
  • $71,000 to study how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine
  • $554,000 to replace windows at a Washington visitor center with no plans to reopen the visitor center
  • $194,000 to study people's perceptions of federal stimulus spending

"We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem," said Jim Gwinner, a representative from the Spending Revolt.

"It's not a new problem. The spending problem goes back more than 2 years. It goes back to the previous administration and it goes to both parties," Gwinner said.

Mitch Hubbard attended the event with his three children. He describes himself as a conservative, and feels strongly about closing the nation's growing deficit.

"That's what it's all about, saving our nation, regardless of your party, we need to stop spending," Hubbard said.

Hubbard is concerned about the future for his daughters.

"That's why I'm here, really it's about the children and the grand children because in our lifetime we have to make these changes now so can have a future," said Hubbard.

He feels a responsibility to come to events like this, so that changes can be made.

"As parents we have a responsibility to leave this nation better than we inherited it, and if we continue spending the way we have, that's not going to happen."

Despite all agreeing that spending needs to be reduced, no tangible suggestions were made at the event. Bev Ehlen of Concerned Women Of America believes the solution could lie in a salary cut.  

"Personally, I think a cut across the board, everyone take 5 percent less," said Ehlen.

Event attendees hope that federal spending will be an important issue in an important midterm election.

"I think this is definitely the most important election we've had probably in my lifetime and if we don't change something now we are in serious trouble."

The Spending Revolt bus will continue its trip all the way to Washington D.C.


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