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Group gathers in Grand Rapids to protest shutdown
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In West Michigan on Tuesday, a group gathered at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids, to send a message to Congress to stop the games and get back to work.
One rally attendee, Avis Spencer is retired, so she's not worried about her job or a new low interest mortgage.
She said she's just there to fight apathy.
"People need to get involved," she said. "You need to speak up; you can't just sit back and wait."
She says she is worried about the shutdown, and an unprecedented U.S. default less than 30 hours away.
I do think about it, she told Newschannel 3 Tuesday. It does concern me because a lot of people are going to be hurt by that.
Just the threat of default in 2011 lead to a downgrade for U.S. Debt, costing industry and the government billions in additional interest payments.
The stock market is uneasy as default approaches again, but experts believe sell-offs would be much larger if investors didn't remain confident Congress will never allow the economic disaster a default would cause.
But even when people mobilize, contact their elected leaders and voice their frustrations, many still feel politicians will do as they please.
"I'm tired of the grandstanding," said rally organizer Joseph Doyle. "I'm tired of basically running for political office for personal gain."
While some national polling doesn't single out the tea party, it does show 74 percent of the population disapproves of the way the GOP is handling these negotiations.
But Spencer and everyone else who spoke to Newschannel 3 at the rally Tuesday seemed more than happy to point the finger in one direction.
Tea party people are bullies, Spencer told us. They're allowing the bullies to take over and John Boehner is not standing up to them.
We reached out to the offices of Congressmen Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, and Justin Amash to ask what they think of the national approval rating for the GOP, and what they're doing to end the current crises.
Their staffers say they are working to get us responses.