"My tea bags are decaf 'cause I've had enough stimulus"

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - More than 1500 tax tea partiers came out to hear the top headliner.

"It's called a stimulus," said Congressman Louie Gohmert. "You know where that name comes from? An atmosphere of arrogance."

Gohmert, like so many folks here, are fed up with broken stimulus bill promises.

"They broke everyone of those promises and laws and brought it to the floor without anybody having a chance to read it and shoved it down our throats," said Gohmert.

It's not just humans who are fed up with excess spending. Even man's best friend has had it.

"We're spending money we don't have, and won't have for generations and he's upset about it too," said Bruce Ockrassa of Jefferson and looked down at his dog. "He likes his pepperoni but he may not be getting that in the future. He needs his piggy bank."

From broom sticks signs to tea packing grandma's on a mission...

"I have my tea bags on my hat," said Betty Lorenx of Longview. "My tea bags are decaf 'cause I've had enough stimulus."

And Mrs. Betty means it...

"I have five grandchildren and I don't want their future mortgaged," she said. "So, please don't mortgage our future!"

These folks want to be heard loud and clear like the Shockley family.

"I'm with my four kids, David, Alex Reagan and Lauren," said Julie Shockley.

For this family, the event isn't just a rally, it's a lesson.

"We're so excited," said Julie Shockley. "I home school so this is our civics lesson for today."

So, what do the kids think about their tea rally lesson?

"Never had a lesson this big," said David Shockley.

Protesters want to make it clear...this is more than just pilling up tea bags.

"Hopefully it's saying that we've had enough - enough of the spending, enough of the out of control and we want to take back our government," said Lorenx.

Gregg County sheriff deputies were on hand for the rally just in case it got out of hand but fortunately they were not needed.