The Sault Ste Marie Tax Day Tea Party

I got up at 4 that morning to do my taxes.  I waited because I knew I’d have to owe.  I have friends who actually think that if you pay in taxes, you must either make a lot of money, or you’re doing it wrong.  I fall in neither category.  As I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, I am a seamstress, my husband is a mechanic and a union member.

img_1674Anyway, after I finished my taxes, I went to work, told everyone there how my taxes went, and reminded them I was leaving early going to the Soo (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.)

“Now, tell me why again?” asked my friend Doris.

I said, “After our leaders in Washington decided to spend trillions of dollars we don’t have, and consequently they will raise taxes for, I stand in protest.”

After we  picked up the kids from school, we headed to the Post Office to mail my return.  I owed 400 dollars more for the State of Michigan than last year, and since I like to use my money all year, rather than give it to the government biweekly, I owed over 2,000 dollars between the State and Federal.  It is a good thing we have deer meat in the freezer yet, or else I would have to take on more debt to feed the family the next couple of months.


By all accounts, the number of patriots attending the Soo Tea Party reached up to and over 300.  I was impressed.  When we drove up, (my husband and children came with me) there seemed to be just a few people there.  However, just as we were walking from our parking spot, it was like a pilgrimage of people coming from all directions, calmly walking to the open space by the river.  Some were carrying signs, some with dogs, some with little ones.  Once we got there, we were no longer afraid that we would be the only ones.

There were several speakers, one was Jim Jacobson, former policy analyst for the Reagan Administration who reminded us of Reagan’s quotable quotes about the size of government and how ineffective it is.  The organizers did a great job of including a singer, who led us all in the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, and This Land Is Your Land, and two men from a local radio show had a great time on stage pointing out all the wasteful spending included in the stimulus package.  The whole program lasted an hour which culminated with most of the attendees lining up to throw tea into the Saint Mary River.

When my husband and I talked with some of the attendees, we found out that our drive of 2 1/2 hours was not as far as some had come.  There were people from Marquette, Boyne City, Detroit and Battle Creek, Cheboygan and Mackinaw City, Rogers City and Hawks.  And no, none of us were paid to be there.

I  have friends that do not understand that the money they get back at tax time isn’t money from the government, it is money they overpaid throughout the year.  Consequently, they never see the big number they actually paid in.  I’m serious!  And one of them is a school teacher!

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is a town of about 16,000 people and is the oldest city in the midwest.   It is at the eastern edge of Michigan’s upper peninsula, and is connected to Canada via the International Bridge to it’s twin city of  Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.



April 17, 2009 - Posted by | America, Capitalism, common sense, conservatives, Income Tax, Michigan, Politics, Reagan, Socialism, Stimulus | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Great blog! You got it exactly right. The singing was awesome; the entire event was fun, patriotic, and informational. I am glad to see something like this in the Soo.

    Comment by Tom Sweeny | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the good coverage and pictures from the Tea Party. I think the people in the Soo are very politically astute and it is interesting to see such a big turnout.

    Comment by Brenda | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. This is the second blog of yours I’ve read. The first one was about the convention and the bus ride to and from. I sat next to your son, who has your eyes.

    You write fluently, and you write well. As a retired professor I used to teach writing at Michigan Tech, so I consider myself a knowledgeable and strict judge.

    No wonder you were made the secretary at Presque Isle.

    Comment by Frank Lide | April 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. God bless you Taxpayer! You all represented well.

    Don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t matter, or that what we do is not making any difference. The people who showed up to be seen, to openly mark the line that will not be crossed are our next leaders. Including YOU.

    I am prouder this last week than ever of my countrymen, (and have always been proud of my country) and very happy to have a good number of Yoopers a lowly troll can call a friend. (troll in Michigan terms not blogging terms ;o) )

    Comment by Jason Gillman | April 18, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi,

    According to your blog name I am going to assume you are another “born in the 70’s-grew up in the 80’s” from the First District. Glad to see another Firster in my age group 🙂 !

    Comment by michiganredneck | April 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Yup.

      Comment by jennerationx | April 19, 2009 | Reply

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