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Both political parties have lied to us. We elected people to office in D.C. and Springfield thinking they possessed integrity. We were wrong. Every man, woman, child and baby is in debt to the federal government for more than $46,000 and more than $11,000 to the state of Illinois.

These numbers do not include massive unfunded liabilities for pensions, Social Security, Medicare and other entitlements. These programs cannot continue to exist without radical changes.

Politicians are destroying the future for you, your children and grandchildren by failing to address the out-of-control spending and entitlement reform.

The tea party is fighting to save America. If you signed on to the local tea party email list, you would know about the fraud and corruption the Illinois Tea Party has uncovered, and we are only getting started. If you believe government is too big and controlling, elected officials have been irresponsible with your money and everything that made America the greatest country in the world is under attack, join the tea party.

Your country needs your help restoring integrity to government. Do you want government that micro-manages your life or do you still believe in the free market system? Which one has existed for over 200 years and which one has failed everywhere else?

The feds are spending $58,000 a second. Willing to get involved now? We meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at The Launch Pad, 315 E. Front St., Bloomington.

Diane Benjamin, Ellsworth

The writer is regional coordinator for the tea party.

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