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WATCH: Hundreds Gather for Kalamazoo Tea Party in Bronson Park


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) Several hundred turned out for a tax day Tea Party rally in Bronson Park to protest the size of government, and to complain that they are forced to pay too much in taxes, with too little say in how it’s spent. They are anti-health care reform, and more of a concern for anyone running for office, they are largely anti-incumbent, whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican who happens to be holding the seat.

For them "T.E.A. Party" stands for the “Taxed Enough Already” party.

While many think this group is a headache for Democrats, it may be a bigger problem for Republicans this election year, because as Jack Hoogendyk put it, Democrats are just doing what Democrats do, it’s the Republicans who went along with that agenda that they should target.

That’s when Hoogendyk announced he would be taking on Congressman Fred Upton in the August Primary.

This group was never going to vote for Democrats, but they do seem intent on driving the moderates out of the Republican Party. Whether they have the numbers and the organization has not yet been determined, but they certainly appear to have the enthusiasm and energy.

Similar rallies were held in Berrien, Cass, Ottawa and Kent Counties on Thursday to mark Tax Day.