Activists Hold Anti-Tax, Anti-Union Rally At Wash. Capitol OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tea Party and other conservative voices took over the steps of the Washington statehouse Friday. Turnout for the so-called "Tax Day" rally was much smaller than last Friday's large union-backed event in the same location.
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Activists Hold Anti-Tax, Anti-Union Rally At Wash. Capitol

Activists Hold Anti-Tax, Anti-Union Rally At Wash. Capitol

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tea Party and other conservative voices took over the steps of the Washington statehouse Friday. Turnout for the so-called "Tax Day" rally was much smaller than last Friday's large union-backed event in the same location.

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And the conservative message couldn't have been more different: no new taxes and labor unions have too much power in Washington.

Michael Reitz is with the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Michael Reitz: "I want to ask you a question. Is collective bargaining for government employees a right? Is it a fundamental right?"

Crowd: "No."

A couple dozen liberal activists held a small counter-rally on the steps of the Supreme Court. They displayed a giant spinning wheel of fortune labeled "Tax Give Away." They railed against tax exemptions for airplane owners and out-of-state banks.

Several state troopers were stationed to keep the two groups apart.

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