July 2nd Livingston Freedom Rally Draws Over 110 Activists
Livingston, Mont.—More than 110 activists joined Americans For Prosperity-Montana, the Livingston Tea Party and the Bozeman Tea Party in an Independence Day freedom rally held in the small city by the Yellowstone River. The rally, which focused on the meaning of freedom, also shined a spotlight on the recent US Supreme Court decision on the president’s new health care law. In his speech Joe Balyeat, AFP-Montana’s State Director decried the big government takeover of healthcare.
“[President Obama] wants to take one-sixth of the entire US economy and switch it away from the free market which has produced the greatest medical advances in human history to a command and control government system which punishes healthy people and further subsidizes those on the government dole.”
Balyeat went on to explain how America will be one-sixth less productive and how our children and grandchildren will pay the price. The new healthcare law is the biggest spending program in America’s history. Net spending on implementation is estimated at $1.2 trillion. This will further compound the national debt of $16 trillion with an additional $100 plus trillion in unfunded liabilities. Put into personal terms, the national debt is at $1.2 million per taxpayer and will increase further under this new act. To help pay for this massive spending bill, individuals will see an estimated 5% increase in taxes on their gross income.
Concluding his remarks, Balyeat urged participants to stand for freedom on July 4 and every day of the year.
Speakers at the rally included activists and leaders young and old. Livingston City Commissioner Bill Spannring opened up the rally. Others included Lisa Adams, Livingston Tea Party; Brett Buonamici, MSU Young Americans for Liberty; Tom Tuck, Bozeman Tea Party; Deborah Lamm; Ryan Garrity; Rebbekah Mohr, MSU Student, and Henry Kriegel, AFP-MT Deputy State Director. Kriegel said that AFP-Montana will fight the implementation of federally-controlled healthcare exchanges in Montana and urged participants to support that effort. Nearly all who attended signed the Hands Off My Healthcare petition.
During the Livingston Roundup Parade, more than a dozen joined the float which took second place. Prior to the freedom rally by the river, the Mohr Four, a family band, played Celtic music.