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In Northern Virginia, two groups with very different ideas about the kind of political change the country needs held gatherings today.

The ambience inside the Hendry House in Arlington's historic Fort C.F. Smith Park was almost as festive as the members and supporters of the Northern Virginia Tea Party that gathered this afternoon.

"We are delighted that people are talking about balancing the budget," says Communications director John Jaggers. "Rick Perry said it best, talk's cheap, we want to see action, we need the budget balanced."

Freddy Burgos, a Tea Party supporter from Burke, Va. feels like the message of fiscal conservatism is starting to reach Washington.

"I truly believe it's going in the right direction," says Burgos. “You cannot expect things to happen overnight, it's one step at a time.”

Meanwhile, the anger and frustration many have long associated with the Tea Party could be heard loud and clear in Herndon, Va., where hundreds of unemployed D.C. and Virginia workers protested outside the district office of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.).

Kendall Fells helped organize the rally, and he says Tea Party ideas helped get us where we are now.

"We see what the record is with small government and capped spending; it's record unemployment," says Fells.

Protesters singled out Wolf because he voted against Homeland Security funding that could have brought 20,000 jobs to D.C. Protesters handed 20,000 job applications to Wolf's staff… the Congressman is out of town.

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