YAKIMA, Wash- This year tax day is officially Monday the 18th. But on the traditional April 15th tax day Tea Party members in Yakima turned out in the rain to protest taxation.
Over a dozen people showed up to promote their ideals of free enterprise, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. Yakima City Council member Dave Ettl hosted the event. Taxes were a big theme but there were also booths promoting other conservative political issues. Including cracking down on illegal immigration. The Tea Party made a good showing in the November election. However Friday they wanted to show that it doesn't end there.
"It's not over, we still have people who don't understand they need to stop spending. More taxation isn't the problem, they have a spending problem", says Steve Edwards, coordinator for the local Tea Party group.
Like many tea party members, Edwards says the government needs to cut out wasteful programs. On the state level he suggests privatizing liquor sales and the ferries. On the federal side he suggests privatizing social security and Medicare.