GLENDALE, OH (FOX19) - Friday was Tax Day and for millions of Tea Party members nationwide, it's a day to speak-out about taxation and a push for change.
Locally, we covered rallies in Northern Kentucky and a huge gathering in Glendale, Ohio.
Despite a rainy start, the rain cleared out just in time, with plenty of people wasting no time making it clear, they've had it with the way things are being run in Washington.
Members say our children and grandchildren are going to pay for the debts being issued right now.
They packed Glendale Square, waving flags and driving their message home.
"This is not about Republican versus Democrat," said Mike Wilson, who founded the Tea Party in Cincinnati. "This is about the people telling their politicians it's time to address the issues in a serious, adult way and get it under control."
He said governments need to be fiscally responsible and no more taxes.
"We're in this 1.5 trillion dollar budget hole and it's really the single biggest issue that's going to challenge any of us in all of our lifetimes," said Dan Regenold, who is President of the Glendale Tea Party.
He said their number one goal is to educate people, to look at their government.
"The Washington budget fight, as much as we wish there actually would have been more than what they ended-up cutting, the fact that it was actually being fought on our turf I think is historic," Wilson said.
Wilson said the Tea Party movement has grown to more than 25 branches locally.
"The message is definitely starting to resonate and get back to the American people," Wilson said.
While the big rallies are exciting, Wilson said the real challenge is reaching people one on one.
"We want people walking away from here, fired-up," Wilson said. "Ready to do something and be engaged."
"And do you feel like they're hearing you? I think so," Wilson said. "We're definitely playing a role here, I know, particularly here in the State of Ohio, we've had a chance to play a role and make sure that our input was addressed in Kasich's budget, in the Senate Bill 5 fight, paycheck protection for union members, making sure police and fire could negotiate their safety issues, those were entered into the bill at our request."
So we asked the woman who penned that controversial bill, Shannon Jones, of the 7th Senate District, who made an appearance at the event.
"This really impacts all of Ohioans," Jones said. "It's the way that we deliver state and local services and here's the reality, the reality is we're out of money and everybody has said we don't want tax increases, that's not just the Tea Party saying it."
"For the last several years we have had budget issues and each year we keep kind of kicking them down the pike because we've been focusing on these band aid fixes, selling off assets," said Catherine Smith Mills, who also attended the event. Mills is running for a seat on Cincinnati City Council. "We need to create a sustainable budget for the future of Cincinnati."
You may recall, the Tea Party movement began back in February 2009, as a response to the passage of that 800-billion-dollar stimulus package.
The Tea Party estimates 4 to 5 thousand people attended their very first Tax Day event, two years ago, on Fountain Square.