February 10, 2008
Tuesday morning about 50 people from the Charlottesville area boarded a bus for Richmond, among them teachers and home school students, but the day was more than just a field trip.
"So it's kind of a neat opportunity for young people to both take part of the process and see how their government works," said Dan Gritsko, who attended the trip.
The group joined supporters from across the state to not only learn about state government by observing the state senate and house of delegates, but also to send a message.
"Frankly, a majority of us oppose the current stimulus package in Washington, and we're asking Virginia senators not to support it," said Bob Talbott, who attended the trip.
"Now that we have a new administration, that administration has a responsibility both to us and to the future generations of this country," said Gritsko.
Supporters rallied against the stimulus package.
"I think it's being sold to the pubic, it's going to save people and save jobs and I don't see it," said Talbott.
They don't think it work and will end up costing Americans even more.
"I think that we're going to spend all this money and pretty soon, about eight months from now, they're going to be asking us to spend the same amount all over again," said Talbott.
They're thankful for a trip they say displays true strength in numbers, with about 200 in attendance
"Here we can show that we are a significant force and we do elect people and if they do go too far away from our views, then we'll work very hard to put somebody else in office," said Talbott.
They say this trip was not only to educate themselves but also to educate legislators about their views.