On a roll against government spending

Fruita resident Vincent Lee Porter writes a statement on the side of the Spending Revolt bus Thursday at Lincoln Park.

A rolling protest of federal spending passed through Grand Junction on Thursday, attracting about 15 people to a rally where they could write messages about spending on the side of the bus.

Spending Revolt, one of several projects backed by Americans for Prosperity and other organizations, is bound for Washington, D.C., coinciding with the time of the congressional elections.

Jeff Crank of Colorado Springs, who has headed previous, similar efforts by Americans for Prosperity attacking government spending, called for federal spending to be limited to 20 percent of the gross domestic product, about the same level as during the 1980s and 1990s.

The current federal budget calls for spending equal to about 40 percent of GDP, according to a website that tracks spending, http://www.governmentspending.com.

“America is going bankrupt,” Crank told the group that gathered on the 12th Street side of Lincoln Park in front of the SpendingRevolt.com bus.

The Grand Junction stop was the first in Colorado. The bus is headed for Denver and Colorado Springs before going on to Sturgis, S.D.

Organizers passed out petitions, pamphlets and copies of the Citizens Against Government Waste annual Pig Book, which highlights earmarks by members of Congress from both parties.

Citizens Against Government Waste, Concerned Women for America, 60 Plus and AmericaSpeakOn.org also are sponsors of the Spending Revolt tour and website, http://www.spendingrevolt.com.


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