Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Team Obama Freaks Out New York City For Photo Op

Team Obama scares the daylights out of New York City with flyover stunt.

Traumatized New Yorkers ran through the streets:

A jumbo jet being chased by a F-16 fighter jets buzzed Lower Manhattan this morning, panicking New Yorkers, many of whom were forced to evacuate their office buildings.

It was not a terrorist attack, however, but a photo opportunity for Air Force One, sources told the Post.

President Obama was in Washington at the time, but the low-flying 747 circling the Statue of Liberty was one of the planes used as Air Force One, sources said.

The NYPD and the city were notified of the planned flight, but did not share that information with Mayor Bloomberg and other New Yorkers, many of whom said they were terrified.

Hours after the incident, a furious Bloomberg called the photo-op "insensitive."

"First thing is I'm annoyed - furious is a better word - that I wasn't told," he said. "Why the Defense Department wanted to do a photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center catastrophe defies imagination. Poor judgment would be a nice ways to phrase."

Bloomberg said federal officials notified the NYPD and another city official, whom he declined to identify, of the flight plan.

"Had I known about it I would have called them right away and asked them not to," he said. "The good news is it was nothing more than an ill considered, badly conceived, insensitive photo op - with the taxpayers' money."

Dominick Caglioti, who works at the Mercantile Exchange, thought the worst as he saw the jets hurtle toward his window just after 10:30 a.m. After learning it was all a photo op, he was furious.

"It's so stupid because they tell you about every fire drill, but they didn't tell us about this," he said.

The planes flew over the Verrazano Bridge, buzzed the left ear Lady Liberty and then continued up the Hudson past Jersey City and then circling back toward Staten Island, federal sources told the Post.

Thousands flooded the streets downtown as buildings called evacuations.

"There is situation outside. We don't have any further information," went one announcement at the Embassy Suites downtown.

After hearing it was all planned, many of those in the streets complained New Yorkers should have been warned.

"You don't do this to people down here after all we have been to," said Jillian Pizzarello, who also works at the Mercantile Exchange.

According to the Department of Defense, that Presidential Airlift Group began its aerial photography mission at Andrews Airforce Base.

"This mission, involving the VC-25 and an F-16, was conducted in conjunction with normally scheduled continuation training for assigned aircrew members," officials said.


A side by side photo shows exactly why many people were easily frightened by the event:

Left: Obama NYC Photo-Op; Right: September 11, 2001

Of course: Swine flu is all the evil GOP’s fault!

Well, it didn’t take long for partisan Democrats to blame the swine flu outbreak on the Republican Party.

Here’s the line: Since House Republicans all opposed the trillion-dollar-porkulus, which included funding for pandemic preparations, it’s all. Our. Fault.

No, really:

When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year’s emergency stimulus bill, he was ridiculed by conservative operatives and congressional Republicans.

Obey and other advocates for the spending argued, correctly, that a pandemic hitting in the midst of an economic downturn could turn a recession into something far worse — with workers ordered to remain in their homes, workplaces shuttered to avoid the spread of disease, transportation systems grinding to a halt and demand for emergency services and public health interventions skyrocketing. Indeed, they suggested, pandemic preparation was essential to any responsible plan for renewing the U.S. economy.

But former White House political czar Karl Rove and key congressional Republicans — led by Maine Senator Susan Collins — aggressively attacked the notion that there was a connection between pandemic preparation and economic recovery.

Now, as the World Health Organization says a deadly swine flu outbreak that apparently began in Mexico but has spread to the United States has the potential to develop into a pandemic, Obey’s attempt to secure the money seems eerily prescient.

And his partisan attacks on his efforts seem not just creepy, but dangerous.

So any natural disaster or bio-catastrophe that comes along, for which fiscal conservatives refused to support funding for in an economic recovery package, will now be all. Our. Fault.

And President Obama can once again invoke his time-tested alibi: He inherited the problem.

Don Surber properly calls this ploy what it is: A distraction.

“President Barack Obama has not yet chosen a surgeon general or the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His choice to run the Food and Drug Administration awaits confirmation,” Politico reported.

In all, 19 positions and the secretary are empty desks.

Maybe if Obama did something more than preen and pat himself on the back for his first 100 days in office, we would actually have a government that did more than just blame Republicans for all the troubles of the world.


Pssst. GOP-bashers, meet CHARLES “Flu pandemic funding = pork” SCHUMER.


The President Betrayed By His Teleprompter Once Again

Leader of the free world, or American Idol?

He’s been called a rock star. His supporters were known as Obamabots; they were described as a cult-like group. Beyond campaign buzzwords and chants, they seemed unaware of their candidate’s agenda, and appeared to care little about the details.

Not much has changed.

As we approach the 100-day mark of his presidency, CNN reports that Barack Obama is more popular than his policies. Americans don’t always agree with what he has done over the last 100 days, or with what he proposes to do in the near future, but The Anointed One is personally popular.

The presidential election process is one we go through every four years: the primaries, the rallies, the speeches, the campaigns, the political conventions, the debates, the election, the transition (when necessary), and then the inauguration. At some point, we’ve turned this whole process into a popularity contest. Apparently, we are doing all of this just to (s)elect a somewhat attractive, nicely dressed, and smoothly spoken person (albeit inarticulate when occasionally speaking without his teleprompter) to grace every damned magazine cover on the newsstand.

Silly me, I always thought we were doing this to elect the leader of the free world! I had this notion that a candidate’s ideology actually mattered; that their stated views would be a fairly accurate barometer of the way they would govern, and that we should actually pay attention to what they are saying. I always believed that ideology is more significant than image when choosing a president; that it is much more important to support a candidate who more closely shares my political views on vital issues — even if they might not look as good on a magazine cover as their opponent with whom I have little in common.

Our priorities are way off. We’ve got the image and the magazine covers, but not enough of us care if the “change we can believe in” might be to change the United States of America from a superpower to a third world country in the next 100 days. As long our president looks good doing it, HOPE springs eternal! YES WE CAN!!!

To any Obama voter who prefers the man over his message, here’s a tip: if you want to vote for a rock star, American Idol will be on later tonight; knock yourself out. And please educate yourself before becoming involved with another campaign for President of the United States. We require much more for that job than Adam Lambert is qualified to handle.


Fox sticking with schedule instead of Obama

NEW YORK – The Fox network is sticking with its regular schedule over President Barack Obama this week.

The network is turning down the president's request to show his prime-time news conference on Wednesday. The news conference marks Obama's 100th day in office. Instead of the president, Fox viewers will see an episode of the Tim Roth drama "Lie to Me."

It's the first time a broadcast network has refused Obama's request. This will be the third prime-time news conference in Obama's presidency. ABC, CBS and NBC are airing it.

Pork Flu

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Drama at GE shareholders meeting

Attendees who spoke to THR said shareholders asked about 10 politically charged questions concerning MSNBC as well as one about CNBC.

First up was a woman asking about a reported meeting in which Immelt and NBC Uni CEO Jeff Zucker supposedly told top CNBC executives and talent to be less critical of President Obama and his policies.

Immelt acknowledged a meeting took place but said no one at CNBC was told what to say or not to say about politics.

During the woman's follow-up question, her microphone was apparently cut off. A short time later, Waters asked a question and his mic was cut, too.

"The crowd was very upset with MSNBC because of its leftward tilt," one attendee said. "Some former employees said they were embarrassed by it."

When he got the floor, Waters focused his question about MSNBC on Olbermann's interview of actress Janeane Garofalo, who likened conservatives to racists and spoke of "the limbic brain inside a right-winger."

"He (Waters) was complaining that Olbermann didn't bother to challenge her," another GE shareholder said.

Immelt told the assembled he takes a hands-off approach to what is reported on the company's news networks, which prompted a shareholder to criticize him for not managing NBC Uni more effectively.


It’s hard to be objective when you’re crushing…

Featuring a shirtless Anointed One on the cover, “Our New Neighbor is Hot!” coos Washingtonian Magazine, as one of 26 reasons to love living in D.C.

Get that drool bucket ready.


CNN’s cover-up and “fair use” abuse

Unhinged CNN reporter Susan Roesgen is on “vacation” after scrapping with Tea Party protesters last week, but her bosses are still hard at work trying to stifle Tea Party voices of dissent. As many of you know, CNN forced the takedown of behind-the-scenes video shot by Andrew Marcus of Founding Bloggers and posted to YouTube. Founding Bloggers has sent and published an open letter to the cable network requesting that the video (which has aired on other TV networks without retribution) be restored:

In short, we suspect that you are harassing us because our product was popular, because we are small, and because you can. We conclude, with some amusement, that your conduct tends to lend validity to the least flattering stereotypes associated with your organization. We live in the era of the internet – it is not so easy to silence people these days, as you will discover. In the final analysis, you will have become the butt of your own joke.

Should you prefer to avoid this fate, we will, of course, welcome the return of our production to its rightful spot – and the 3000+ viewer generated comment-opinions, both in support and in opposition, regarding it. Alternatively, should you prefer to continue on your current course of intimidation and censorship, we will endeavor to counter your actions.

In short, withdraw your fraudulent DMCA claim against our production, and instruct You Tube to restore the clip.

CNN is engaging in blatant abuse of the DMCA to stifle free speech under the guise of “fair use.” Been there, done that. Hot Air successfully fought off a bogus takedown from the bullies at Universal Music Group. I hope the Founding Bloggers do the same — and shame the censors at CNN for eternity.

Patterico recommends an “I am Spartacus” approach. Grab a copy of the forbidden video and post it yourself on YouTube. I’ve posted the video CNN doesn’t want you to see on my account, too:

Patterico also has more background on Susan Roesgen and her bogus reporting on the Jena 6.


Another left-wing journalist bailed out by Obama

I can’t even keep count anymore, can you? Meet the newest left-wing journalist rescued from the ailing newspaper industry by the Obama administration: former LA Times columnist Rosa Brooks. She’s the daughter of liberal writer Barbara Ehrenreich and an acolyte of George Soros. And she’s working in the…Pentagon. Not a joke.

Nile Gardiner gives you the rundown:

In what has to be one of the most extreme appointments yet by the Obama Administration, ex-Los Angeles Times columnist and Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks has just been made an adviser to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michelle Fluornoy - a move Brooks describes as “my personal government bailout.”

Bailout is certainly the right word for someone who appears to have no relevant national security qualifications for the position. She does though have experience working as Special Counsel for George Soros’s Open Society Institute in New York, and as a former adviser to Harold Koh, the hugely controversial nominee for Legal Adviser to the State Department.

Brooks’ new boss Fluornoy holds one of the most powerful posts in the Pentagon, and is already playing a key role in shaping the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan as well as the wider war against al-Qaeda. She will also be a central figure in shaping U.S.-UK defence cooperation and Washington’s policy towards NATO. As an adviser to Fluornoy, Brooks will wield an extraordinary degree of influence in helping shape U.S. policy. Her extreme views should therefore be closely scrutinized.

Brooks’ description of the previous occupant of the White House as “our torturer in chief” is hard to square with President Obama’s call for bipartisanship. Nor is her ludicrous comparison of the Bush Administration’s legal arguments on the war on terror with Adolf Hitler’s use of political propaganda.

She has also accused civilian White House and Pentagon officials from the last administration of being “eager to embrace the values normally exemplified by military juntas,” while urging “military personnel to speak out, regardless of the cost, when they think our civilian leaders have gone beyond the pale” - little more than an open-ended call for the politicization of the armed forces.

Rowan Scarborough at Human Events has more:

Some in the Pentagon, normally a conservative and patriotic enclave, are reacting with alarm at Brooks’ appointment. One Gates staffer told Human Events that Brooks is an “extremist.” The source emphasized she was Flournoy’s appointment, not Gates’. “Gates did not hire her,” the official said.

“Any time you have people with extreme views on the right or left it makes people nervous here,” said a senior official.

In response to a query from Human Events, the Defense Department provided Brooks’ job description. She is a “principal adviser” to Flournoy to “develop cross regional planning.” In other words, Brooks will help shape the Pentagon’s relations with foreign governments and militaries.

Later, the department amended her job description. “Ms. Brooks was hired as a Special Advisor to the USDP to address a range of issues of interest to the Undersecretary, including speechwriting and special projects,” the statement said.


Tea Party protesters get results in Rhode Island

It’s not just about protesting in the streets. It’s about demanding accountability from your government at all levels — and getting it. In Woonsocket, RI, Tea Party activists swarmed the City Council and stopped massive new supplemental tax hikes to bail out the public school district. The tax measure, which had been expected to pass 6-1, went down by a 4-3 vote (hat tip - Granite Grok):

Faced with a heavy outpouring of opposition from property owners, the City Council last night narrowly defeated a supplemental tax bill to wipe out a School Department deficit of $3.7 million.

The vote paves the way for the School Committee to file a lawsuit against the city under the Caruolo Act, a move advocates of the supplemental tax bill contend will only deepen the School Department’s — and the city’s — financial problems. Caruolo gives school departments the power to file suit in Superior Court to compel their municipal counterparts to provide revenue to wipe out operating deficits, and the School Committee had vowed to vote in favor of such an action no later than tomorrow if the council balked at supplemental taxes.

After some five hours of discussion, at just about midnight, the council did just that, voting 4-3 against the measure…

…The measure would have given the city authority to hike all classes of taxes — residential, business and business equipment — about 10 percent. The average homeowner would have paid roughly an extra $231 this fiscal year.

Though the hike would have been about the same on small businesses percentage-wise, they would have paid significantly more since they are already taxed at a higher rate.

Before the vote, dozens of residents and business owners weighed in on the supplemental tax hike, many of them expressing anger and frustration at the fast-growing cost of local government. Some urged members of the City Council to find more spending cuts in order to avoid worsening the burden on property owners, while others challenged the council let the School Committee sue the city and fight the Caruolo Act in court – advice the council apparently took to heart.

“I challenge you to vote no to the supplemental tax,” said city resident Jim Hoyle. “We can’t afford it. Challenge the Caruolo Act. We feel like we’re being held hostage by the School Committee with this act.”

A local government official smugly dismissed the protests last week as “just noise,” according to Granite Grok.

The New Hampshire Democrat Party chief derided the protesters as an “unhinged mob.”

Politicians in both parties underestimate the Tea Party movement at their own peril.



Friday, April 17, 2009

Georgetown University Covers Jesus Symbol for Obama Speech

At the request of the White House and ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama, Georgetown University — which is Catholic — covered a monogram symbolizing the name of Jesus.

Gary Bauer, chairman of American Values and a Georgetown Law School alumnus, said he took offense to both the White House request and the compliance of Georgetown in covering the symbol on the stage.

“Whatever the motivation of the White House was," he said, "the officials at Georgetown certainly should have said, ‘If you want to come here to speak, the evidence of our faith will remain visible.' ”

Kathryn Lopez, editor of National Review Online, also expressed disgust.

“It really was an outrage," she said, "and it suggests an identity crisis at Georgetown University."

— Roger Greer


Bush Hitler OK Obama Hitler NO?!?!

During the Tea Party protest on Tax Day 2009, Susan Roesgen complained that a sign that showed Obama dressed as Hitler as being offensive.
However, in January 2006 at a protest, she joked about a protester who wore a George W. Bush mask with a Hitler moustache and devil horns.
The "wad of cash" in the demonstrator's hand was actually several phony dollar bills mocking the Bush administration.

The Million Taxpayer March

Hey, how about an analysis of the Tax Day Tea Party movement that doesn’t involve sexual jokes, Beavis & Butthead-style guffawing, or D-list allegations of RAAAAACISM? Here’s my syndicated column on what Republicans in elected office — and fiscal conservatives unhappy with double-talking GOP politicians — need to take away from this week. Make it count!

The Million Taxpayer March
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

Let’s use liberal math to calculate attendance at this week’s nationwide Tax Day Tea Party protests. When left-wing activists make crowd estimates, the algorithm is: Six figures = one million. An incomplete survey of newspaper accounts and organizer estimates pegged the Tea Party protest population at a minimum of 250,000. We can now, therefore, officially call it the Million Taxpayer March.

Or the Million Rightwing Extremists March if you work for the Department of Homeland Security.

To George Soros-funded grievance professionals, 250,000 is an insignificant number. But unlike recent anti-war and pro-illegal immigration rallies padded with union workers, college students, and homeless people, the Tax Day Tea Party demonstrations featured small business owners, working taxpayers, and families. This wasn’t a weekend or holiday, mind you. A quarter million people took time off in the middle of the work week to raise their voices against reckless taxing and bipartisan spending.

Multi-millionaire jet-setter Nancy Pelosi scoffed that the Tax Day Tea Party movement was nothing more than “Astroturf” politics to protect the “wealthiest people” in America. Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky called the peaceable assemblies “despicable.” Other bitter, clingy Tea Party-bashers grumbled that activists only showed up where Fox News cameras were. But tens of thousands more came out in rain, snow, and cold – in Bozeman, Montana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Carson City, Nevada; White Plains, New York; Bend, Oregon; Lansing, Michigan; Hilo, Hawaii; Nashville, TN; and everywhere in between — with no media personalities or celebrities in sight.

If only the condescending cable TV anchors at CNN and MSNBC had paused from wallowing in gutter puns about tea bags, they might have reported an even more significant phenomenon: Tea Party protesters were as vocal in their criticism of Republicans as they were of Democrats. In Salt Lake City, Utah, a crowd of 2,000 repeatedly booed GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett, who both supported the $700 billion TARP bailout, and protested GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman’s decision to accept $1.6 billion in porky stimulus funds.

In Sacramento, Tea Party organizer Mark Meckler singled out California GOP chair Ron Nehring for waffling on proposed $16 billion tax hikes. The crowd of 5,000 greeted Nehring – who unsuccessfully tried to hitch his wagon to the Tea Party movement – with a roar of boos and catcalls. Speaker after speaker lambasted Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for abandoning fiscal conservative principles. The loudest chant of the day: “Throw them out.”

In Madison, Wisconsin, GOP Rep. Paul Ryan – hyped as a conservative “rockstar” – was well-received. But I heard from staunch fiscal conservative constituents who refused to be silent about Ryan’s complicity. He gave one of the most hysterical speeches in the rush to pass TARP last fall; voted for the auto bailout; and voted with the Barney Frank/Nancy Pelosi AIG bonus-bashing stampede. Milwaukee blogger Nick Schweitzer wrote: “He ought to be apologizing for his previous votes, not pretending he was being responsible the entire time, but I don’t see one bit of regret for what he did previously. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to let him get away with it.”

Other Tea Party participants pointed out that Newt Gingrich, who jumped aboard the bandwagon, flip-flopped on TARP in the space of a week last September and made common cause with Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi in ads calling for immediate action on “climate change.”

Before the grass-roots Tea Party movement took them by surprise, Beltway GOP strategists argued fervently that the party’s traditional focus on taxes and spending had become outdated. The re-branders pitched their own expansive ideas to replace the anti-tax-and-spend agenda and inspire new voters. These included Gingrich’s “green conservatism,” David Frum’s proposal to raise carbon taxes, and open-borders Republicans’ plans for alternative forms of amnesty. Newsflash: Eco-zealotry and in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens didn’t bring out thousands of first-time activists on the streets. Stay-at-home moms weren’t up all night making signs that read “Tax me more, please!”

What resonated on Tax Day were non-partisan calls to roll back pork, hold the line on taxing and spending, end the endless government bailouts, and stop the congressional steamrollers who have pushed through mountains of legislation without deliberation. This is a teachable moment for GOP public relations peddlers in Washington. While they search for the Holy Grail of Re-branding in tony salons and country club conferences, the agenda for 2010 is smacking them in the face. It’s the three T’s, stupid: Too Many Taxes, Trillions in Debt, and Transparency.

The GOP path to reclaiming power lies with candidates who can make a credible case that they will support and defend fiscal responsibility. That means acting on fiscal conservative principles now, not paying lip service later. The reckonable forces of the Tea Party movement didn’t let opportunists escape accountability on Tax Day. The GOP shouldn’t assume they’ll get a pass on Election Day, either.

As one of the most popular Tea Party signs read: “You can’t fix stupid, but you can vote it out.”

Cable Anchors, Guests Use Tea Parties as Platform for Frat House Humor

Cable anchors and guests covered the anti-tax tea party protests by cracking a litany of barely concealed sexual references.

For thousands of Americans, Tax Day was a moment to protest what they see as bloated budgets and a pile of debt being passed on to their children.

For CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use the word "teabagging" in a sentence.

Teabagging, for those who don't live in a frat house, refers to a sexual act involving part of the male genitalia and a second person's face or mouth.

So when the anti-tax "tea party" protests were held Wednesday across the country, cable anchors and guests -- who for weeks had all but ignored the story -- covered the protests by cracking a litany of barely concealed sexual references.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper interspersed "teabagging" references with analyst David Gergen's more staid commentary on how Republicans are still "searching for their voice."

"It's hard to talk when you're teabagging," Cooper explained. Gergen laughed, but Cooper kept a straight face.

MSNBC's David Shuster weaved a tapestry of "Animal House" humor Monday as he filled in for Countdown host Keith Olbermann.

The protests, he explained, amount to "Teabagging day for the right wing and they are going nuts for it."

He described the parties as simultaneously "full-throated" and "toothless," and continued: "They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending." Shuster also noted how the protesters "whipped out" the demonstrations this past weekend.

Tea Party participants were not amused. The events were held in dozens of cities across the country, and while some demonstrators were criticized for wielding off-topic and sometimes insensitive protest signs, most took to the streets to speak out against government spending.

Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, said the media coverage was "insulting," reacting specifically to CNN reporter Susan Roesgen's combative interviews with Illinois demonstrators in which she declared that the protests were "anti-CNN" and supported by FOX News. She left the teabagging jokes to her colleagues, though.

"I've never seen anything like it," Bozell said. "The oral sex jokes on (CNN) and particularly MSNBC on teabagging ... they had them by the dozens. That's how insulting they were toward people who believe they're being taxed too highly."

Max Pappas, public policy vice president at FreedomWorks -- a small-government group which promoted the tea parties -- said it's a "shame" media outlets cracked jokes at a genuine "grassroots uprising."

"I think what that reveals is how worried they are that this might actually be something serious. You make fun of things you're afraid of, I'd say," Pappas said.

If anyone thinks the orally charged remarks on mainstream cable were just a coincidence, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's segments over the past week with guest, Air America's Ana Marie Cox, would dissolve all doubt. Their on-air gymnastics, dancing around the double entendre of the week, looked like live-action Beavis and Butthead.

By one count, the two of them used the word "teabag" more than 50 times on one show. And on Monday, Cox even let the viewers in on their joke -- referencing Urbandictionary.com, a site which offers a number of colorful definitions for the term "teabagging."

"Well, there is a lot of love in teabagging," Cox said. "It is curious, though, as you point out, they do not use the verb 'teabag.' It might be because they're less enthusiastic about teabagging than some of the more corporate conservatives who seem to have taken to it quite easily."

Jenny Beth Martin, a Republican activist who helped organize one protest in Atlanta, said she's not too worried about the protests being dismissed by some media outlets. She estimated 750,000 people attended more than 800 protests in all 50 states, and that at the very least the local media and community newspapers documented it.

"Our message definitely got out where it needed to get," she said.



THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently ordered to a top-secret meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss whether they’ve turned into the President Obama-bashing network, Page Six has learned.

“It was an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock which Zucker himself was behind,” a source familiar with the powwow told us. “There was a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much. There’s great concern that CNBC is now the anti-Obama network. The whole meeting was really kind of creepy.”


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Massive: Tax Day Tea Party USA

From michellemalkin.com:

I just have one word: Wow. More than 800 tea parties across the country. Here’s your first photo/vid round-up from the events across the country, large and small, every corner of this great nation. 11:20pm…just added tons more crowd pix and vid…trying to keep ‘em all in one post to give you the full breadth and scope of the protests — not just the size, but the reach, a true sense of which is missing from the MSM coverage. More coming…):

Raleigh NC sent via iphone by reader Wendy:

Cincinnati via Alex Jamieson h/t Justin Binik-Thomas:


Young Citadel Cadets spoke at the Charleston SC tea party - via Cadet Steven Munoz:

Grand Rapids MI via L.D. at RightMichigan:

Eau Claire WI via reader Dan:

Snowy in Bozeman MT from reader Cara V.:

Vid from Phoenix:

Vid from Carson City NV:

Kansas City MO at the WWI memorial:

Pleasanton CA from reader Kell:

White Plains NY via Tom Faranda:

Lafayette IN near Purdue University via CCAV:

Bend OR via Jim F.:

NYC via Urban Infidel:

Sacramento via Vern:

Sioux Falls SD tea dumping reenactment:


Greensburg PA:

Lansing MI via Doug Powers:



Washington DC via Ed Frank:

Chicago via Founding Bloggers:


Oklahoma City:

Tax Day Tea Party

Nationwide: Coast-to-coast tea parties put lawmakers on notice - Taxpayers descend upon politicians in numbers far beyond expectations

SACRAMENTO – Americans took to the streets to protest wasteful government spending today – with estimated crowd sizes of 5,000 to 10,000 in Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Olympia, Wash., Lansing, Mich., and Sacramento.

At the California Capitol, a sea of red, white and blue U.S. flags waved above a large crowd that surrounded the building and spilled into city streets. Visitors arrived in yellow school buses from surrounding cities.

Sacramento tea party organizer Mark Meckler scanned the scene from behind a platform before the event.

"It's unreal. It's beyond my imagination," Meckler told WND with a dazed look. "I can't imagine anything better than this."

Some protesters shouted at the Capitol building with megaphones: "Hey, tell Gov. Schwarzenegger to come out here!"

"We are leading a revolution, and this is the first day of that revolution," Meckler said. "Politicians will no longer be able to divide our nation. They are taking our money, and we aren't going to stand here and take it anymore."

With booming enthusiasm, the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance and began wildly chanting, "USA, USA, USA!"

Their voices could be heard from blocks away as the California legislature remained in session and lawmakers dared not venture outside.

Local businessmen, families with small children, military veterans and elderly men and women carried handmade signs with a variety of creative messages.

After speaking with WND, Meckler climbed the stage and asked the crowd, "How many of you have never been to a protest before?"

The crowd erupted in cheers as thousands of tea partiers raised their hands.

"Our politicians think that you don't pay enough taxes," Meckler said. "As we stand outside, the California legislature is in session."

The crowd let out a thunderous "boo."

"We've had it!" Meckler shouted. "We're tired of being punished by politicians!"

They cheered wildly and drowned out Meckler's voice, chanting, "Vote them out!"

Guests included Michael Reagan, Rep. Tom McClintock, singer Lloyd Marcus and Fox News' Neil Cavuto.

"In the 27 years since I came to this building, I have never seen a protest this large," McClintock said. "The silent majority is no longer silent."

He continued, "Some time along the way, we lost our country. Don't you think it's time to take it back?"

The crowd applauded with excitement.

Air Force reservist Sgt. Kevin Steele told WND he returned from his second tour in Iraq two weeks ago.

"I think this is just wonderful to see," he said. "I'm disappointed to see how much things have deteriorated since I left."

Asked for his thoughts on the Department of Homeland Security report warning against the possibility of violence by unnamed "right-wing extremists" and specifically singling out returning war veterans as particular threats, Steele said he was baffled and felt a deep sense of betrayal.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "I'm the guy they're watching now? Give me a break!"

He continued, "You can send me over there and put a weapon in my hands, and now you worry about me? It's disappointing and disheartening."

California Highway Patrol officers, sheriffs and horse-mounted city police surrounded the event on all sides. There were no noticeable arrests or acts of violence at the tea party.

One Highway Patrolman told WND there were more than 5,000 people at the event.

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., 1,000 people huddled beneath umbrellas in Lafayette Park across from the White House. The crowd consisted of a broad variety of protesters of different ages, nationalities and political parties.

When the crowd was asked, several Democrats indicated that they were present as part of the protest. Many parents brought their children along, who were also carrying signs and chanting.

Speakers at the D.C. event included talk-show host Laura Ingraham, Alan Keyes and Grover Norquist.

The rally combined with another Washington, D.C., party after Secret Service members revoked a permit to meet outside the U.S. Department of Treasury.

One tea partier, Rusty Carrier, allowed all employees at his Culpepper, Va., farm to take the day off and attend the protest. Carrier said he felt the pains of high taxation and the government's reckless spending.

"I don't travel to D.C. very often because I can't do it," he told WND. "Unlike the government, I don't spend money I don't have.

In Tennessee, an overwhelming crowd of 10,000 people met on the Legislative Plaza, spilling into sidewalks and up the hill toward the Capitol building, Americans for Tax Reform reported. Cars circled the area, honking horns.

In Rochester, N.Y., 1,000 tea partiers marched on the county administration building and city hall.

Approximately 4,000 people crowded Fountain Square in Cincinnati, while 8,000 gathered in Madison, Wis., 5,000 surrounded the Oklahoma Capitol and 4,000 attended the Chicago party. Even Rhode Island, the smallest U.S. state, brought 1,000 protesters to its Capitol.

Washington state police estimated crowds of 5,000 in Olympia while 2,500 marched the streets of Boise, Idaho and 1,500 rallied in Austin, Texas. In Lansing, Mich., throngs were measured at 7,000, while 3,000 gathered in Hartford, Conn., and 2,000 Floridians in Jacksonville poured wagons of tea into the St. Johns River.

An additional 1,000 people packed into Market Square in Pittsburgh, Pa., while some 3,000 gathered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Organizers say the Atlanta event may have been among the largest tea parties, in part because of the presence of conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, who broadcast live from the Georgia Capitol. Thousands crowded around the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, as nationally syndicated talk show host Glenn Beck aired his television show there.

Across the nation, thousands of tea partiers sang the national anthem, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and chanted while waving U.S. flags and displaying homemade signs.


California: Taxpayers Pack City Plaza For Protest

Fed up taxpayers packed Chico City Plaza Wednesday for a tax day tea party.

The event, inspired by the Boston Tea Party, was part of a nationwide effort to protest excessive taxes and increased government spending.

A series of speakers took the plaza stage Wednesday to share their frustrations with local and federal officials. Many in the crowd responded with cheers, while holding signs criticizing President Obama and calling recent economic policy outright socialism.

"If my business was belly up there would be nobody there to bail it out. So I think we need to stick to the ideals our founding fathers came up with for this country, " said Cade Boeger, who made the 45 minute drive from Cherokee for the protest.

Meanwhile Gridley resident Owen Stiles held a navy flag flown during the American Revolution. He said the flag was a protest against the movement away from traditional American capitalism.

"I think we've gone a long way from what our founding fathers thought we would have in an America," lamented Stiles.


Tennessee: Chattanooga Tea Party Draws Hundreds To Ross’s Landing

Wednesday’s Tax Day Tea Party at Ross’s Landing drew about 1,000 area citizens who came to protest runaway federal spending, members of the group said.

The local activities were part of "a nationwide surge of non-partisan tax day tea party protests in nearly 500 cities that harkened back to the Colonial sense of outrage shown in the original Boston Tea Party in 1773."

Protestors filled the public green across Chestnut Street from the Tennessee Aquarium, carrying signs showing anti-spending and anti-tax sentiment. Participants called their elected officials during the protest and signed copies of the U.S. Constitution as part of a petition package to be sent to Congressional leaders.

Officials said, "Throughout the protest, ordinary citizens quoted from the founding fathers and historical documents in an effort to highlight the principles and beliefs upon which the nation was founded. There were many other activities that all served to highlight the rampant and runaway spending that is crippling the nation economically."

“Recent spending, from the TARP to the stimulus, was passed with little debate and almost no opportunity for legislators to read what they voted on,” said tea party organizer Mark West. “We’ve gotten to the point where Congress just passes spending to make people feel good, but there is little accountability to ensure that spending gets real results. Continued spending of this magnitude will force huge tax hikes for everybody, not just the so-called rich, and limit economic opportunity for our children and grandchildren.”

Speakers at the rally included Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, Tennessee GOP Chairman Robin Smith, Hamilton County Commissioner Bill Hullander, former Tennessee state Sen. David Fowler, UTC professor Dr. Joe Dumas, Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Matthew Bryant, Hamilton Country school board member Rhonda Thurman, and businessmen Jeremy Jones and Premo Mondone.

Speakers "focused on the massive buildup in government spending and the importance of citizen involvement in and oversight of our government at each level – local, state and federal."

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this year’s deficit will be $1.8 trillion, or 13.1 percent of GDP – the largest deficit as a share of GDP since 1945. The CBO also projects the president’s current proposals will add $4.8 trillion to baseline deficits over the 2010-2019 period and total $9.3 trillion, officials said.


West Virginia: 300 line square to protest taxes

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Hundreds of people rallied Wednesday in the Eastern Panhandle against government spending and taxes, joining thousands across the nation who took part in hundreds of such “tea” party protests on tax day.

“Basically, the government just needs to stop — they need to think about what they’re doing,” Kathy Lane said as she held a sign attached to a yardstick at the corner of East King and South Queen streets in Martinsburg for passing motorists to see.

“They’re bankrupting our country and I think they’re taking away our rights. And I’m sick and tired of it,” she said.

The Bunker Hill, W.Va., resident readily acknowledged the government spending that concerns her didn’t start with the Obama administration, but it has continued to escalate.

“They have to draw the line somewhere. Everybody else makes cutbacks, the government needs to make cutbacks,” said Lane, who works for the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Sharpsburg resident Sharon Nutter held an American flag aloft that was being flown upside down, which she said symbolized a nation in distress.

“I’m opposed to big government and I believe we’re on the road to socialism,” Nutter said.

“Obama is spending us to death, and somewhere along the line we’re going to have to pay for all of this,” Nutter said. “And how do you think we’re going to pay for all of it? They’re going to tax me and you, that’s how they’re going to do it.”

Barbara “Barb” Miller, organizer of the Martinsburg rally, said she was surprised by the turnout, given the fact that steady rain was falling before it began at 5 p.m.

“It far exceeded our expectations,” Miller said of 300 people who lined the corners of Martinsburg’s downtown square at Queen and King Streets, prompting motorists to blare their horns.

She told those who gathered that the rally has to be more than “just talk” and encouraged people to sign a petition that would be sent to the White House and elected officials, including Sens. Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller.

Miller, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., said she was told that about 150 people attended the rally outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, which was an off-shoot of the one she began organizing three or four weeks ago.

People at Martinsburg’s rally held signs that proclaimed “it’s the constitution, stupid,” “born free, taxed to death,” and a quote by President Herbert Hoover, “Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.”

Those gathered sang along with vocal and instrumental performances of the national anthem, “God Bless America” and “God Bless the USA” and at one point began chanting “no more taxes.”

The National (Taxed Enough Already) TEA Party Day rallies were among several held in communities across West Virginia, including Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown and Parkersburg.


Virginia: Thousands vent anger at Tax Day Tea Party

It rained on the Richmond Tax Day Tea Party, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of several thousand chanting, sign-waving Virginians.

They crowded into the Kanawha Plaza tonight to vent their anger at what they consider a big-spending government that they fear is taking away their freedoms.

The signs told the story:

"The Real Pirates are in Congress."

"Stop Toxic Spending!"

"Tea Party Today. Tar and Feathers Tomorrow!"

"Unrepentant Capitalist!"

"Obamanomics. Trickle Up Poverty."

"Obama Wants Your Dollars. Do You Want His Change?"

"Who Will Bail Out the Bailout?"

Across the nation today, tens of thousands of protesters staged hundreds of "tea parties," from Boston to Salt Lake City, from Kentucky to Alaska to rail against the nation's mounting debt and spending they think is out of control.

Protesters even threw what appeared to be a box of tea bags toward the White House, causing a brief lockdown at the compound.

At the Richmond tea party, some wore tea bags as earrings.

A series of speakers, many from radio station WRVA, railed against the government and the growing federal debt. But the loudspeakers weren't strong enough to carry the speeches to the rear of the crowd. Many shouted their disapproval with the sound system.

A Patrick Henry impersonator drew the biggest applause with a recitation of his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech, made just a few blocks away in 1775.

Robert Bruce came up from Aylett to hold an American flag upside down, a symbol of distress.

"America is going in the wrong direction," he said.

Nessa Park of Richmond, attending her first political rally, checked a reporter's identity before talking to him.

"I don't want socialism," she said.

The speakers sounded an anti-government theme. Matt Whitworth, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, said, "The best way to fix the economy is to cut taxes . . . and get the government out of our lives."

Jamie Radtke, a member of the group Restoring the Founders' Vision, brought her young children with her to emphasize her point that the growing debt is "embezzling and pillaging our children's future."

Sarah Halsey wore red, white and blue ribbons in her hair and a sandwich board that proclaimed, "I am only 8 years old and I'm already $36,000 in debt." On the back, it read "Keep your Marxist hands out of my piggy bank."

Her father, Stephen Halsey, 40, of Henrico County held a sign that said, "Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem."

On the outskirts of the crowd, Charles Jones, 46, of Henrico County held a giant wooden pitchfork that impaled large dollar bills labeled "earmarks" and "waste."

Ashley Farley, 14, and Ivy Williamson, 13, both of Mechanicsville, stood atop a wall leading into the park and waved to passing vehicles. They held homemade signs that read "Stop spending our future" and "Party like it's 1773."


Texas: More than 400 protest taxes and big government at Victoria's Texas TEA party

Signs such as "Give us liberty, not debt," "Stop spending our kids' money," and "Can we lay off Congress?" waved high in the air at the Taxed Enough Already Party in Victoria on Wednesday evening.

More than 400 citizens gathered in De Leon Plaza in downtown Victoria to express their concerns about taxes.

Victoria was one of 300 cities across the country participating in the movement.

What are your thoughts on Congress raising taxes?

"The founders were real specific about the limitations our government was supposed to have. Over time, they just gradually expanded and expanded, which now we have a federal government that is pretty invasive in our lives."

- Mike Cloud, president of Victoria County Young Republicans, Victoria

"Congress has been given too much control. It's time for the people to tell them this is enough. We, as people of America, should vote for more things that they pass."

-Judy Argo, agent nurse, Victoria

"I think (taxes) can be a lot lower if the government did what the Constitution says it should do. They're too high. We should go to the fair tax. It doesn't tax productivity. It taxes consumption."

-Peter Aparicio, government teacher at Memorial High School, Victoria

"I don't mind paying taxes. We live in a great country, but I think Washington should be accountable and responsible for all they money we send them."

-Kenny Smith, electrical engineer, Victoria


Montana: Hundreds of protesters gather at Great Falls "tea party"

Hundreds of people braved the snow, rain, and chill in downtown Great Falls on Wednesday to participate in a tax day "tea party."


Ohio: Protesters gather for Pataskala tea party

PATASKALA — Several residents gathered near downtown Wednesday to conduct their own, slightly different version of the Boston Tea Party.

They gathered near the intersection of Ohio 310 and Main Street, and although they did not do anything dramatic — like dump tea into the nearby South Fork of the Licking River — they still made their voices heard.

Pataskala resident Anne Rodgers attended the tea party. She waived a red, white and blue hand-painted sign urging politicians to reduce the business tax rate.

“I think it’s the voice of the American people,” said Rodgers, when asked about the event. “We want wasteful spending controlled. People are working two jobs to pay their taxes.”

Fellow Pataskala resident Richard Fowler dressed up as Benjamin Franklin for the occasion.

“Nothing is assured except death and taxes,” said Fowler, taking a break from waiving a sign emblazoned with the slogan “no new taxes.”

All told, around 30 people braved a cold, late-afternoon drizzle to take part in the event.

They waived anti-tax signs and urged passing motorists to honk as they passed. Countless motorists obliged. Some even slowed to a crawl to flash thumbs-up signals.

Pataskala joined countless other communities across the country Wednesday in holding a tea party. Organizers viewed the grass-roots effort as a way to protest taxes and excessive spending.

Former Councilman Mike Fox helped organize Wednesday’s event in Pataskala.

Although city council has discussed placing a police operating levy and police building issue on the November ballot, Fox on Wednesday tried to distance the local tea party from that discussion.

“The city of Pataskala doesn’t even have anything on the ballot yet,” he said.

Instead, Fox said he and his fellow organizers wanted to use the tea party to protest spending practices on the local, state and federal level.

“We’re protesting the increases in taxes across the board,” he said. “We feel there’s some awful spending practices going on.”

Fox specifically pointed to the state “death tax” and federal capital gains tax.

“If you ask the general person on the street if they want a death tax, the answer would be no,” Fox said.

Although the original Boston Tea Party took place because colonists were fighting taxation without representation, Wednesday’s event remained relevant, Fox said, because modern elected officials are not listening to the voters who placed them in office.

Etna Township resident Dallas Maynard expressed a similar fear at the event. He also expressed concerns regarding how the government spends his tax dollars.

“I don’t mind paying my taxes, but I mind giving them to someone who won’t work,” Maynard said.


Ohio: Silent majority has its day across nation

“We voted them into office, and we can vote them out again.”

That’s the message Bob Schultz, one of the speakers at Ashtabula County’s TEA Party, sent to elected officials from the steps of Ashtabula County’s old courthouse Wednesday afternoon, where a crowd estimated at 200 to 350 gathered to protest everything from gun control and abortion to the nation’s $11-trillion debt.

“Beginning today, we are serving our leaders notice that we are mad as hell, we’re watching them and if they fail to listen to us, we will hold them accountable at the ballot box,” Schultz told the crowd.

The Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party was one of at 2,049 planned for the United States, according to the Web site, www.teapartyday.com. The American Family Association sponsored the events, which found favor with followers of conservative broadcast commentator Glenn Beck and the 9-12 Project, as well as others.

“Once you pull back the curtain, you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons and that their voices are weak. The truth is, they don’t us surround us at all, we surround them,” said April Sabo of the 9-12 Project.

“Today really could be the start of the second American Revolution,” said Schultz.

The party was non-partisan, but Democrats were clearly in the cross hairs of protesters whose signs dropped everything from Ashtabula County’s lodge debt to a dismal future at the party’s feet. Republicans were likewise under fire.

“The biggest problem with the Republicans is they are letting it happen and doing nothing about it,” said James Von Tesmar of Ashtabula, who warned that Barrack Obama is taking the United States down the road to “fascism.”

“Remember, we are capitalists, money runs our country and the world. This government has already taken over a large portion of our banking, automobile, insurance. They already run our passenger rail system. The newspapers, TV stations, magazines are singing the praises of Obama,” said Von Tesmar as the crowd booed the name “Obama.”

The local rally was put together by Al and Tammy Roesch of Kingsville and Melanie Busch of Ashtabula. The organizers were upbeat about the response to the event, especially given the cold temperatures and rain.

“I thought things went really well, especially considering the rain,” said Busch, who estimated the crowd at 300.

The Roesch family continued their support for the effort by attending the Cleveland TEA Party immediately after the one in Jefferson. Tammy Roesch estimated the Jefferson crowd at 350 or larger.

They were united by one big issue that weighs on every American’s mind: April 15: taxes.

“I don’t like the way my money is being spent,” said Adriane Marrison in explaining why she, her daughter-in-law and three grandchildren endured the rain to be a part of the event.

Bernadette Wheeler of Willoughby protested from her wheelchair.

“I came to say the government is spending far too much of our money and I’m getting tired of it,” she said.

Ron Craddock of Ashtabula held a sign that said, “Impeach them all and let God sort them out.” He said he voted against every incumbent in the last election, but is still unhappy with the direction both the country and country have taken. “Right now, I’m just disgusted with the whole lot of them,” he said.

Schultz, who served as mayor of Rock Creek, said lower taxes and lower spending, not government bailouts, would revive the economy. He spent a portion of his time promoting the fair tax concept (fairtax.org).

While the focus was primarily on national issues, the speakers and crowd also had the county’s budget crisis on their minds. Jason Keeler, an Iraq War veteran, said commissioners ought to abolish the Convention Facilities Authority (CFA), and direct the bed tax toward reducing the lodge debt rather than funding the CFA Schultz encouraged the crowd to send the message “leave the sheriff’s department alone,” referring to appropriation cuts commissioners made Tuesday.

Speakers, organizers and participants said they want to continue the momentum created by the TEA Party events, all the way to the next election.

“We need to tell our representatives that ‘We’re the ones you represent, not the special-interest groups or lobbyists that are padding their wallets.’ Listen up Ashtabula County, listen up Columbus, Ohio, listen up Washington D.C. If you don’t listen to us, some of you are going to find yourselves unemployed,” Schultz said.


New Mexico: Thousands attend tea party protest in ABQ

A vocal crowd of over a thousand people gathered near Montgomery and Louisiana Boulevard in Albuquerque to protests the federal government's spending habits.

Retired teacher Yvonne Estrada gave up her bowling night to join thousands of other New Mexicans Wednesday who turned out to voice their concerns about the economy and the federal government's spending habits.

Estrada says she's worried about where America is headed. She joined a march of several hundred people along a busy Albuquerque street during rush hour. Her sign read "I am not your ATM." Estrada says she wouldn't have any money in her checking account if she ran things the way Congress does.

Organizers of the event say about 3,000 people showed up to express their opinion about the government.

Residents in more than a dozen other New Mexico communities joined in Wednesday's "tea parties" to protest the way the federal government spends taxpayer money.

There were rallies from Las Cruces and Artesia north to Santa Fe and Aztec.


Texas: Local protesters stage Austin 'tea party'

It's Tax Day, and while people were busy filing last-minute tax forms, many others hit the streets to protest the federal government and its spending.

One such "tea party" protest took place at Austin City Hall, attracting hundreds of area residents.

Protesters said they oppose high taxes, careless government spending and stimulus and bailout packages.

"Our government is running mindlessly, blindly and with overt deafness to our voices," protester Todd Maraist said. "I would like to see the whole Congress tossed out. Let's start from scratch. We need a revolt."

Participants rallied before Gov. Rick Perry emphasized that Washington should rein in some of the spending and bailout money.

This criticism comes after Perry rejected more than $550 million of federal stimulus money to fund unemployment insurance. Perry did, however, accept roughly $17 billion of the federal package for other purposes.

"I'm not sure you're a bunch of right wing extremists, but if you are, I'm with you," said Gov. Rick Perry.

Don't assume, by the crowd that those in attendance were strictly Republicans and Perry supporters. Several people said they blamed both Democrats and Republicans for the current economic situation. Several said they were critical of state leadership, as well.

"Anger and frustration at what both political parties have delivered to America," protester Judy Morris said.

The Texas Democratic Party says concern about the economy makes sense but Perry's political tea talk doesn't. They say he's accepting a large amount of the federal stimulus money for Texas and has raised taxes on small businesses.

"Politicians like Rick Perry are taking advantage of that concern and hijacking these events in to political events," said Kirsten Gray, spokesperson for the Texas Democratic Party.

Austin wasn't the only city with a Tax Day protest. Demonstrations stretched from coast to coast, including the home of the original tea party, Boston, Mass.

Organizers of this year's events said they are upset about government spending since President Barack Obama's administration took office.

Other cities' "tea parties" were a little more focused. For example, in Kentucky, protesters rallied against recently passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol. And, in South Carolina the governor criticized the stimulus package.


Kansas: TEA party draws about 500 protesters

Beka Romm had brought 300 fliers with her to Salina, and they were gone just 20 minutes after the crowd started to gather Wednesday in the commons between the Salina Public Library and the City-County Building. Some 200 more were quickly printed and given out, so Romm estimated 500 people had gathered to protest the tax-and-spend — or is it borrow-and-spend, or borrow-and-stimulate, or borrow-and-bail — policies of the federal government. The Salina TEA Party was one of hundreds organized around the country on the deadline for filing income tax returns, and it was one of several that Romm, of Topeka, a political activist who grew up in Bennington, was planning to attend. The events were inspired by the Boston Tea Party, an early event in the American Revolution, with “TEA” an acronym for “Taxed enough already.” Many in the crowd carried signs with such sayings as “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Give us Liberty, not debt,” and “Obama and Pelosi, the Detrimental Duo.” Though a few in the crowd hollered things like, “No politicians, I don’t want to hear from any politicians,” it was mostly politicians or their representatives who spoke.


Connecticut: Thousands protest on tax filing deadline

SHELTON -- It wasn't exactly Boston Harbor back in 1773, but nearly 10,000 embittered state residents took part in a nationwide Tax Day Tea Party on the day their taxes were due.

They protested in downtown Shelton, on the Green in New Haven and on the north steps of the Capitol in Hartford. Others gathered in Greenwich and New Milford.

They brought tea bags, sang "God Bless America" and shouted demands they hope the General Assembly and Congress will hear.

Among those attending were Karen Palange, of Monroe, who fears her 13-year-old daughter, Kyra, is going to be saddled with an enormous tax burden over the next several decades; Catherine DiQuattro, a Shelton retiree, who wants to see Congress kicked out; and Donald and Sandra Regan, of Oxford, who want term limits placed on all our elected officials.

There was Ed Hunt, a UPS driver from Shelton, who fears more and more jobs are going to be lost overseas; Anne Smith, of Beacon Falls, who was upset the state imposed sales tax on raw materials used and that it could drive small manufacturers out of Connecticut; and Faye Elie, who brought her eight-year-old daughter, Rachel, to experience free speech.

"I'm definitely voting against all incumbents," said Faye Elie. "I just want to see a plain old Joe run for office -- someone who loves America and wants to take care of it."

The Tea Party events were a way for people to gather and vent their displeasure on uncontrolled governmental
spending and the stimulus package, they believe, did little to create jobs but a lot to feed unnecessary pet projects.

They were part of a nationwide Republican effort to publicize the growing federal deficit, which topped a trillion dollars by the time President Barack Obama was sworn in and has sharply increased in the effort to stimulate the economy.

"If we have to tighten our belts, then government has to tighten their belt," maintained Karen Palange. "The stimulus package was supposed to be creating jobs. Have you heard of any jobs being created? I've heard about millions being spent on studying an endangered mouse in California."

"It's not a stimulus bill," added her daughter, a well-versed, home-schooled eighth-grader. "It's a spendulous bill filled with wasteful spending. No one in Congress had a chance to read it before voting on it."

"What has Congress done in the past 30 years except spend our money and dig us deeper into debt?" added DiQuattro.

Nearly 100 residents from as far as Southport and Middlebury gathered in Shelton. They paid $1 to cover expenses, brought a tea bag and signed a petition which will be given to their state and federal legislators. They carried signs, four of which were designed by Jake Holzman, a 13-year-old Beacon Falls eighth-grader.

One read, "I didn't read the bill either. Then again, I'm not spending others' $$$."

In Shelton, Anthony Simonetti, a Republican alderman who represents the first ward, and Ronald Jeffrey Holzman, a retired U.S. Navy officer from Beacon Falls, organized the event. "We want people to tell their representatives to do the right thing," Simonetti said.

Simonetti said there are plans to conduct another event around July 4 and then before the November elections. "We want to be heard in Washington and Hartford," he said.

The scene was the same at the Capitol where nearly 3,000 protesters vented their anger in a noontime rally with some carrying signs that read: "Stop Forcing Bank Takeover," "Stop the uncontrolled spending" and "I'll Keep my jobs, guns and money and you keep the change."

Rick Rothstein, a 57-year-old unemployed CPA and one of the event's organizers, said government spending is the culprit. "Today we have a specific theme," Rothstein said. "Repeal the pork and cut taxes and spending."

As the mostly middle-aged and older crowd of protesters arrived in Hartford, they signed registration sheets and were offered fresh tea bags from boxes of Shop Rite premium tea. "What we've seen in recent years is an explosion in spending at the federal level, state level and local level," Rothstein added. "People have been upset for a while."

He said as the economy has worsened, families around the country have had to tighten their belts, while government spending continues to escalate. "We've just had enough,"

he said.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell agreed.

"People have had it, and they are letting their collective voices be heard here in Hartford and across the state," the governor said in a prepared statement. "As I have said repeatedly, the bloat of bureaucracy is no longer affordable. It is time to get back to basics."

She said the economic landscape is a chance to remake state government.

"To stop the exponential annual growth that is no longer affordable," Rell said, "we must do what every family across our state has been doing -- cutting back and doing more with less. My budget for the next fiscal year is actually lower than our budget this fiscal year. I am proud of that, and I am also proud of the fact that my budget contains no tax increases for the next two fiscal years. None. People cannot afford their taxes now. We should not add to their burdens."

Majority Democrats have complained that Rell's proposed two-year, $38.4 billion budget was unbalanced by two billion dollars.

Rep. John Geragosian, D-New Britain, co-chairman of the General Assembly's budget setting Appropriations Committee, was in a closed-door Democratic caucus at the time of the protest, but said in an interview the state has to continue its social services commitments.

"Obviously, I understand how they feel but we have a responsibility to put forth a budget with the services people of Connecticut need," he said. "I've been a lawmaker for 20 years and I've voted both to cut and raise taxes. It's more fun to cut taxes, but we have the responsibility to continue those services and put us in a better position for the future."


Utah: Tax protesters gather at Utah federal building

More than 1,000 protesters gathered outside a downtown federal building in the rain and snow on Wednesday to complain about what they say is Congressional spending that's out of control.

The protest comes on the day income taxes are due and is part of a national movement designed to echo the original Boston Tea Party, which occurred more than 235 years ago.

Holding a cardboard sign that read "Pin the tail on the jacka$$", with a picture of President Barack Obama on a Democratic donkey, Kate Maloney said Congress is threatening small businesses like hers.

She runs http://www.costumecraze.com, and said she's recently had to lay off 10 of her 33 workers.

"I want to get back my way of life again," she said. "Right now things change too much."

Many at the rally decried Congress for approving the $787 billion economic stimulus package. Utah will directly receive about $1.5 billion in stimulus funds, but many in the crowd of umbrellas and placards booed Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman for accepting the money.

Cherilyn Eagar, who runs an Internet marketing company, led the crowd in a chant of "Send it back."

"We don't need the money," she said. "It's on top of what we already have."

Without the federal stimulus money, thousands of additional state employees likely would have been laid off and scores of state programs would have been scaled back even further.

Construction on some road projects to help the state's ailing infrastructure that were paid for with stimulus money has already begun.

Speakers included Republican Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and GOP U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, who voted against the bailout.

"No more bailouts, no more stimulus," Chaffetz said. "It's just fundamentally wrong."

While Chaffetz has pledged not to request any spending earmarks, Bishop has requested dozens of projects worth more than $4 billion.

Michelle Barlow, a stay-at-home Taylorsville mom, said she was disgusted with how much money Congress is spending.

"It started with Bush and it's just gotten worse with Obama," she said. "The $12 trillion in spending in the last six months really enrages me."

In an open letter to state residents that noted the protests, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wrote that "taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society."

"It is not that we have to pay taxes that brings you all here today, bur rather the fact that we have to pay so much. Simply put, the federal government should spend less so that we are not taxed so much. However, under the proposed budget of President Obama and the Democratic Majority in Congress, we are moving in the wrong direction," he wrote.


Wyoming: Cheyenne protesters join anti-tax rallies

HEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Protesters gathered at the Wyoming Capitol to join other disgruntled residents across the country who seized upon tax day to voice their concern over government spending and debt.

As Americans face a Wednesday deadline to file their personal income taxes, about 300 people participated in the "Cheyenne Tax Day Tea Party."

Similar protests around the nation are meant to echo the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party. Organizers say there were also rallies in Casper, Sheridan, Buffalo, Gillette, Jackson, Cody, Green River and Laramie.

Along with criticizing government debt, the Cheyenne protesters also railed against bailouts of private banks and companies, the Federal Reserve System, spending on social programs and gun control.

Organizers of the Cheyenne event say they held the event independent of any political party or other organization.

On the Net: Cheyenne Tax Day Tea Party, http://cheyennetaxdaytea.webs.com/


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party Headlines (More Soon)

Alabama: More than 1,000 meet in Montgomery for tax protest

More than 1,000 people turned out Wednesday at the Alabama State House in Montgomery for the Tax Day Tea Party.

Several carried signs predicting the federal stimulus package will lead to socialism.

Montgomery small businessman Steve Primavera carried a sign saying "Stimulus The Audacity of Dope." Primavera said the stimulus package is using his children's money and selling America's future to China.

The Montgomery event was one of more than a dozen in Alabama and more than 500 around the country.

Montgomery radio talk show host Greg Budell predicted the event could have the same impact that Montgomerian Rosa Parks had when she refused to move to the back of a city bus during segregation.

In Mobile, several hundred people marched down Government Street to a riverfront park for a rally.

Some waved homemade signs that read: "It's easy to spend other people's money," ''‥1 Threat to our economy is politicians. Fire Congress 2010," ''born free, but taxed to death," and "Government, you created this welfare state for voters. Dismantle it now. God Bless America."


Maine: Bangor 'Tea Party' protest draws hundreds

BANGOR, Maine — There are people in Maine and across the country who are fed up. They are fed up with taxes. They are fed up with President Obama’s spending initiatives. They are fed up with their local elected officials, who they feel haven’t done enough to stop the prevailing tax-and-spend ways.

That anger was brought to light in a very public way on Wednesday with a nationwide series of protests that evoked demonstrations of the country’s Founding Fathers. Reminiscent of the famous Boston Tea Party that protested taxation without representation, Republican and conservative groups all over the U.S. held “tea parties” on April 15, a day commonly referred to as Tax Day.

In Bangor, as many as 300 people protested outside the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building on Harlow Street and then marched to the banks of the Kenduskeag Stream to dump tea into the water.

Only a small amount of loose tea was actually dumped into the water, and the protestors did receive a permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, but the gesture was largely symbolic.

“People are fed up,” said Lois Bloomer, president of the Maine Federation of Republican Women and one of the organizers of the Bangor event. “We’re taxed enough. I hope our politicians are paying attention.”

Trevor Bragdon, representing the conservative policy group Maine Leads, circulated petitions in support of two tax initiatives. One would cut automobile excise taxes roughly in half and the other, known as TABOR, would require citizen approval of all tax increases. Both will be voted on in November.

“I think taxes have always been a big issue,” he said. “But, I think with the economy, people are taking a stronger stand. One of the great things about Maine is citizens’ initiatives. If we feel our elected officials are not doing enough, we can gather signatures and push issues.”


Kentucky: Louisville taxpayers take part on national tax day protest

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - American taxpayers across the country spent April 15 protesting what they call out-of-control government spending. Tax Day Tea Party 2009 is a grassroots movement spreading mostly over the internet and by word of mouth based on the historic Boston Tea Party.

It's clear many of the protesters love their country, but hate where it's headed.

"They want to increase our taxes and get all the money they can and throw it away on their programs," said Republican Mike Haag.

The rallies happening across the country are being dubbed "tea parties."

"The first Boston Tea Party was a tax revolt against England," said Haag. "This one is a tax revolt against the people in our government."

The word "tea" on one of the signs spelled out: Taxed Enough Already. Another read that change is all they have left. Parties like the one in Louisville happened in hundreds of cities and were lead by ordinary people like 24-year-old Wendy Caswell. She was never political until now.

"When I went to look for one in Louisville there just wasn't one," said Caswell. "I had the skills, I had the time, so I just decided to start one."

Most of the attendees were Republicans, but Caswell, the organizer, says she's a Democrat.

"I don't understand how printing money and handing out more money when we're already in debt is the solution," said Caswell.

All she did was post one thing online. That one thing spread like wildfire, bringing easily more than 1,000 people to get politicians attention

"I think they're sitting in their fancy taxpayer funded offices laughing at us saying, ‘Oh, oh, oh, big deal tea party,'" said Harry Lee, an independent. "But this is a start let's put it that way."


Tennessee: Tax Protests Held Downtown, Other Cities

Organizers are calling the events tea parties, which stands for Taxed Enough Already. Organizers are drawing comparison to the Boston Tea Party held in 1773.

One of many protests planned for Wednesday started at noon at the state capitol in Nashville, where several thousand people gathered.

Channel 4 reporter Dennis Ferrier said the demonstration at the capitol was the largest protest since the 2002 protest of an income tax proposal.

Many of those at the protests said they feel the federal stimulus package will put generations to come in debt and hurting the average taxpayer and small businesses.

A series of people spoke at the rally in Nashville, including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Brentwood, and local conservative talk show hosts Steve Gill, Michael DelGiorno and Phil Valentine.

Carol Ferguson of Nashville was one of the protesters. The 67-year-old retired insurance underwriter said she's afraid America will become "a third-world country" if the spending continues.

The rallies are being held from Kentucky to South Carolina, where the governor has repeatedly criticized the $787 billion economic stimulus package Congress passed earlier this year. Large protests also were expected in California and New York.

Similar protests were held on Wednesday in Monteagle, Clarksville, Carthage, Murfreesboro, Franklin and Hendersonville.


Rhode Island: Hundreds protest cost of federal stimulus plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Hundreds gathered Wednesday afternoon in front of the State House to protest the federal government's spending plan to help weather a global economic recession.

Similar grassroots campaigns drew thousands of frustrated Americans around the nation Wednesday.

The rally in front of the Rhode Island State House started at 3 p.m. It broke up shortly before 6 p.m. Although the rally's promoters had predicted a turnout of 2,000 to 3,000, a headcount by The Journal indicated the figure was closer to 1,000.

About 20 speakers addressed the crowd.

"It's unconscionable to have to send this bill for all the spending to our grandchildren," said Marcia Kemp, a retired librarian from Scituate, one of about 60 who converged at the corner of Fountain and Gaspee streets.

Holding a sign that read "Give us Liberty not Debt," Patricia Christiansen, a librarian from Tiverson said the rally was about more than just taxes.

"It's about going back to the Constitution," Christiansen said, adding, "Government flows from the states, not the federal government."

Christiansen and Kemp said the government has to cut spending and taxes to help the economy.

Speakers said they hope similar events will take place in Rhode Island later in the year.

Emcee Helen Glover of radio station WHJJ kicked off the Providence event, referring to the large turnout. She said some people had laughed at the idea of the rally, but that attendance was proving strong.

"Look around, people," Glover said.

Robert Healey, a former candidate for lieutenant governor under the Cool Moose Party banner, said, "In my 25 years doing this sort of work I've seen that movements like this come to a head and then they go away. Dont let this happen with this."

The "Tax Day Tea Party" rallies were timed for the day when Americans must file their income taxes, April 15.

Organizers say the events seek to draw on the spirit of the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when colonists, angered at the English imposition of a tax on tea, rioted and boarded English vessels and dumped tea into Boston Harbor. It is, for many historians, one of the defining moments in the movement for American sovereignty.

"This event is all about people saying, 'We have had enough'," Colleen Conley, coordinator for the Providence Tea Party, said in a news release issue earlier today.

At least here in Rhode Island, organizers say the tea parties are not formally connected to any political party or interest group. Many of those expected to attend, however, are supporters of Republican candidates and/or fiscally conservative advocacy groups such as the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition and the Ocean State Policy Research Institute.

Featured guests at the State House rally included local talk radio personalities and bloggers who have been hyping the event, including John DePetro of WPRO, and Justin Katz, founder of the blog Anchor Rising.

Elsewhere in Rhode Island, protesters planned to gather by the public boat launch on Main Street in Westerly starting at noon. Another rally, in front of the main downtown Providence Post Office, was to be held all day to protest the high cost of war specifically.

The "tea party" movement was inspired by comments from CNBC reporter Rick Santelli on Feb. 19, in which he called for a July 4th tea party-like protest in Chicago. Santelli's "rant" became a You Tube phenomenon.

But national frustration over high levels of government spending -- from the banking and auto industry bailouts to the federal stimulus plan pushed by the Obama Administration -- had been simmering even before then.

Coordinated largely via blogs and social networking sites, an organized protest popped up in Seattle on Feb. 16, and was followed the next day by rallies in Denver, Colo. and Mesa, Ariz. "Tea-party" protests and marches of varying degrees of organization and size soon cropped up in Orlando, Kansas City, and Cincinnati, among other cities, according to the Wall Street Journal.

TaxDayTeaParty.com, which bills itself as the "Online HQ for the April 15th Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party Rallies," seems to be the main information hub coordinating today's national day of protest. Tech savy participants as well as members of alternative and digital media outlets are feeding the Web site with updates on rallies in progress. There are more than 300 rallies planned in all 50 states today, according to the Web site.


Nebraska: Papillion Tax Day Tea Party

A larger than expected crowd showed up outside Papillion City Hall Wednesday to protest higher taxes and increased government spending.

The Papillion/Sarpy County Tax Day Tea Party drew an estimated 200 people over the lunch hour. Papillion resident Gaylene Stupich hosted the event and urged those at the rally to stay involved with government issues.

"It just seems like too much spending,” said Carol Coppi of Papillion. “Too many projects that are unnecessary and taxes are going to have to cover this excess spending."

Virginia Haynes, visiting family in Papillion from Huntington Beach, California, held a sign protesting higher taxes and government spending. "Our taxes are just killing us, especially in California. Can't take it anymore."

“I think the timing is very bad. There are so many people out of work right now and they're still having to pay their taxes. They're trying to stay in their homes. They're trying to keep their kids in school and pay exorbitant taxes on top of it all."

Critics of these rallies call the events coordinated, conservative efforts to make the president look bad, though Haynes disagrees. “I'm not bashing Obama at all. I'm tired of paying the high taxes, I’m tired of supporting everybody."

Lorraine Miller of Ralston brought her daughter to the tea party, concerned about her child’s future. "It's our money, but it's also their future. It's really important for me to be here because she wanted me to be here."

"I'm only 15 years old and by the time I become and adult, all this spending that they're doing and all the money that they're printing, I'm going to have to pay for,” said Noelle Miller. "I can't really vote so I don't really have a voice yet, so this is how I speak."

Three other tea parties are taking place around the metro Wednesday evening, at the Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Omaha, the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in Council Bluffs and in Milard.

More than 1,000 tea party protests were planned around the country, designed to echo the original Boston Tea Party more than 200 years ago.


Ohio: Tea Party jams Fountain Square

About 4,000 people packed Fountain Square Wednesday for a “tax day” protest against what they believe to be out-of-control federal spending on corporate bailouts and plans to stimulate the ailing economy.

The “Cincinnati Tea Party,’’ one of about 600 similar protests taking place in cities and towns around the country on the day American workers tax bills are due, included an hour of speeches railing against the Obama administration, banks, the auto companies and local officials willing to take billions in stimulus dollars.

It moved to Cincinnati City Hall, with at least half of the Fountain Square crowd marching seven blocks up Vine Street and west on Court Street to the steps of City Hall. Cincinnati Tea Party organizers presented to the city council clerk petitions bearing 2,241 signatures asking that the city of Cincinnati not accept money from the federal stimulus package pushed by the Obama administration and passed by congressional Democrats.

“We are going to continue the fight,’’ said Mike Wilson, the 32-year-old internet technology consultant from Springfield Township who founded the organization in February. “We’re going to adopt the legal and effective tactics of the left wing to make ourselves heard.”

Wilson said members of the local committee paid the costs of putting on the lunch-hour rally.

As far as stopping the city of Cincinnati from accepting federal stimulus money is concerned, the horse may already have left the barn.

Mayor Mark Mallory has a list of projects he wants funded by the stimulus package that totals more than $150 million, including $69 million for a $180 million streetcar project. The city has no money in the bank yet from the stimulus package, but has been told that millions will be provided for projects like The Banks, the Eastern Corridor project, and improvements to Interstate 75.

Cincinnati City Councilman Cecil Thomas stood on the steps of city hall, as the marchers gathered around, singing “God Bless America” and chanting “USA! USA!”

Thomas, a Democrat, said the city will continue to pursue federal stimulus dollars.

“It’s already in motion,’’ Thomas said. “It’s going to happen, but this is America, and these people have every right to be heard.”

Cincinnati Police said the rally drew about 4,000 to Fountain Square. An earlier estimate of 3,000 people was unofficial. Another Tea Party rally in Burlington, Ky. drew about 100 people to the grounds of the Boone County Administration Building in Burlington, where they listened to about 20 speakers.

The rhetoric at Wednesday’s rally and march was aimed not only at city hall or county governments, but at Congress and the Obama administration.

One of the speakers was Greg Knox, a Cincinnati Tea Party organizer who owns Knox Machinery, a Franklin, Ohio, company that supplies parts to the auto industry.

Knox became something of a celebrity on conservative blogs and radio shows a few months ago when he responded to a letter he received from General Motors, asking him to lobby his legislators for a bailout for the auto industry. Knox told GM he refused to do so on principle.

Knox read from his now-famous letter to the cheers of the crowd.

“I have six children so I am not unfamiliar with the concept of wanting someone to bail you out when you make a mess,’’ Knox said. “I make them stand on their own two feet and accept the consequences of their actions and work them through.”


Illinois: Crowd turns out for TEA party rally in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Chilly winds and gray skies did not deter a noontime crowd of about 400 people from a West Side Park rally against a number of issues including higher taxes, corporate bailouts, the federal stimulus package and the Obama administration.

The keynote speaker at the Wednesday rally was Randall Stufflebeam, a Belleville man who was the Constitution Party candidate for governor in 2006 and said he intends to run again in 2010.

We don't need a flat tax or a fair tax," he said. "We need no tax, the way it was in 1913."

Other speakers included Jim Davis of Heyworth, who noted there were hundreds of similar TEA (Taxes Enough Already) parties throughout the country today. "The tremor we are feeling today is running through this great land," he said. "We need to warn people of the dangers of socialism."

Athena Anderson, a 20-year-old part-time Parkland College student from Tuscola who was one of the organizers of the Champaign rally, said the next step for the group is to keep supporters connected and to plan for another rally, probably in July and probably in Champaign.

"We just want to help keep the people involved and help them get their opinions heard," she said. "We're all amateurs at organizing this, but we want to keep it going."

Several times during the rally, speakers made the point that the organization was not affiliated with any particular party. "We don't want to be Republican or Democratic," Anderson said. "Most of us are libertarian, actually. We want our congressional representatives back and our government limited."


Maryland: Hundreds turn out for Taxed Enough Already Party

CUMBERLAND — Overcast skies and occasional showers Wednesday didn’t dampen the spirit of several hundred area residents taking part in a local Tax Day TEA — Taxed Enough Already — Party held downtown Wednesday.

As part of nationwide protests of President Barack Obama’s fiscal policies, the local event drew dozens of citizens to the corner of Baltimore and Mechanic streets.

Carrying umbrellas and protest signs —messages including “Do Away With the IRS” and “Stop Spending Our Kids Money”— the peaceful protesters braved a steady early-afternoon drizzle out of their concern for current governmental policies and the well-being of future generations.

“I’m worried about my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren,” said Flintstone resident Ron May, troubled by government bail-outs.

“Spending this much money might get us out of the recession right now but what’s going to happen to generations that follow that have to pay it back? Who’s going to pay all this back,” asked May, a former one-term Allegany County commissioner.

Cresaptown resident Jarold C. Rice Jr. held a small U.S. flag, as did many others, awaiting the official start of the noon event.

“This is the greatest nation on earth. We built it with a third-grade education. It’s now run by a bunch of Ph.D.s and they’ve ruined it.

“I’d like for one of these Ph.D.s to step up and tell how to solve these fiscal problems. We cannot leave this indebtedness to our children and grandchildren.

“I’m here because of the issues. It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. I’m also elated that so many kids are here today,” said Rice.

As participants signed up for notification of future rallies by Tea Party organizers, others picked up T-shirts displaying the wording “Taxed Enough Already.”

Wayne Robertson of Cumberland stood near the organizers’ tent with his wife, Toyia, at his side.

“Our Constitution is being weakened by what is happening by this president’s people and policies.

“I’d like to know what will come of this. Hopefully, it will be something better to stop what is happening. I just heard on the news coming in that inflation was 24 percent last month,” said Robertson as U.S. Congressman Roscoe Bartlett began to address the crowd.

“You will be working another month to pay your taxes. ... The first time you make any money for yourself will be around the first of July,” said Bartlett.

“This is a great, great message. I’d like to send a picture of this to the president. If the president were here, he wouldn’t need his teleprompter. All he would have to do is read the signs and he would have a speech. The people have spoken with their signs,” he said.

Toyia Robertston said, “We need to talk to him — not him talk to us.”

Mona Lisa Garland of Cumberland said she took part in Wednesday’s event “to let the people know we want the taxes to stop.”

“We want smaller government. We feel we are not being represented by the current government. Our elected leaders are not representing us.

“I think they have their own agenda and I think that is socialism and big government,” she said as numerous motorists passed by, some honking their horns and others yelling as they drove south on Mechanic Street.

The citizens’ rallies were being held nationwide, protests patterned as a takeoff on the Boston Tea Party of more than 235 years ago.

Lisa Bittinger, organizer of Cumberland Maryland TEA Party Organization, said the group is registered with the Internal Revenue Service and may be contacted at lisabitt@atlanticbb.net.

“We were there to rally against wasteful government spending. We want fiscal responsibility and get rid of the pork,” she said.

Ken Winters, who accompanied Bittinger during a brief visit to the Times-News office, said, “We’re also against the massive spending that is mortgaging our children’s and grandchildren’s future.”

Bittinger said another TEA Party rally will be held at the same downtown location June 27 from noon to 2 p.m.

She said “up to 400 people” signed up for notification of future rallies. However, she estimated that up to 500 people attended the organization’s first rally Wednesday.

A tax increase protest will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Frostburg City Council’s public meeting at the Frostburg Community Center.

Cumberland Times-News

Indiana: Tax protesters rally at Statehouse, across state

INDIANAPOLIS - Thousands of protesters -- many first-timers -- gathered on the Statehouse lawn Wednesday to make it known they were fed up with overspending by the government.

The word "enough" was everywhere -- on signs handed out by organizers, spelled out in red, foam letters behind a country music band, on the homemade signs held by protesters.

Today's protest, which state police estimated drew 2,000 to 2,500 people, was part of a series of tax day protests across the country. Nationally, organizers said the movement developed organically through online social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and through exposure on Fox News. Organizers said the Statehouse rally was the brainchild of a small group of Indianapolis residents who say they are nonpartisan.

Protesters complained that government spending puts the nation's children in debt before they're even old enough to pay taxes. Ten-year-old Benjamin Ruddle of Indianapolis held a sign that said, "I'm 10 years old ... please stop spending my money."

Indianapolis small business owners Ben and Bree Finegan brought their two children, 2-year-old Kate and 9-month-old Jackson. Two-year-old Kate held a sign from her stroller reading, "In diapers & in debt."

Ben Finegan said the family, all first-time protesters, came out to show their disdain for lack of government help for small businesses and overspending that could jeopardize his childrens' future.

Pointing toward his kids, he said, "They're giving up on their future for temporary gains."

Several people wore Revolutionary War-era costumes and attached tea bags to hats and signs as a symbolic nod to the Boston Tea Party.

Earlier in Lafayette, protesters dumped a large box of tea bags into the Wabash River.

Several hundred people cheered as the tea bags were dumped in a symbolic recreation of the Boston Tea Party.

"I am prepared to pollute today," organizer Donn Brown told the crowd, a reference to complaints from environmentalists that the tea-bag protest would trash the river.

Tea party events drew protesters to Indiana events from Evansville to Angola, where police officers directed about 100 marchers off the mound where Steuben County's Civil War monument is located.

Jared Fagan, an organizer of the Lafayette event, said the protest was aimed at making people aware of the constitutional limits on the federal government.

"With those powers being taken from the federal government, the taxes and the overspending would take care of themselves," he said.

Rae Schnapp, who is Wabash riverkeeper for the Hoosier Environmental Council, said she had asked protest organizers to not throw tea into the river, where volunteers recently spent time cleaning trash from the banks.

"Two cases of tea are not going to make or break the river," Schnapp said. "It's a proverbial drop in the bucket. I think it's dangerous symbolism."

More than 200 people gathered in the courtyard behind Evansville's Civic Center for an afternoon protest.

"While we're at home pinching pennies and tightening purse strings, the government continues spending trillions of dollars," Erik Varden said at the Evansville event.


New York: Hundreds rally against federal bailouts

A crowd estimated at 500 to 1,000 turned out today in downtown Rochester to protest government spending on bailouts and stimulus.

The Taxed Enough Already, or TEA Party, was one of several nationwide to coincide with Tax Day. Locally, protesters waved American and Gadsden historical flags, listened to speakers, chanted and hoisted homemade signs with such messages as “Stop spending” or “Taxed too much.”

The protest, which wound its way to the County Administration Building and on to City Hall, tapped into broader disdain for government, with some also calling for term limits and hoisting signs critical of President Barack Obama independent of economic policy.

Cheers went up when a speaker talked of being Christian, and boos when someone mentioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

But the focus was taxes and spending. And many in the crowd were attending their first-ever protest.

Crowd estimates are difficult because the rally, which lasted more than two hours, spread over three locations with people coming and going throughout.

Sharon Buzard, 64, of Pittsford used to be a high school English teacher in Penfield, and now is an artist and interior designer. She raised a sign that read, “A trillion time$ NO.”

The emotion, she said, is not anger. She said she is scared.

“I think we’re concerned,” Buzard said, of what she sees as increasingly more frequent and larger spending announcements from the Obama White House. “(The spending) is not being explained to us so we can think it through and maybe understand, which makes us think maybe the politicians don’t have a clue what they’re doing.”

The protest was organized by Rochester Conservatives and We Surround Rochester, part of commentator Glen Beck’s 9-12 project, which aims to unite Americans as they were on Sept. 12, 2001, to “protect the values and principles” of the nation.


North Carolina: Protesters say no to more taxes

About 300 people gathered Wednesday outside Goldsboro City Hall for a tax day protest that was part of a nationwide movement of Americans speaking out against state and federal government financial policies.

North Carolina Sen. David Rouzer, Wayne County commissioner Steve Keen and John Locke Foundation analyst Daren Bakst were among the speakers at the local gathering of the New American Tea Party, a coalition of citizens and organizations concerned about what the group's web site defines as "the recent trend of fiscal recklessness in government."

Many of the attendees carried protest signs, some reading "Change, what's left after taxes," "Tax breaks, not pork spending" and "Obama is the biggest threat to American freedom."


New Jersey: Tea Party protest on the Morristown Green

Several hundred conservatives braved light hail and cold rain on the Morristown Green this afternoon to join a Tea Party protest against President Obama's fiscal policies. Here are some images from the event, which included speeches from several Republican gubernatorial candidates and welcoming remarks by Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb (a Republican) and Mayor Donald Cresitello (a Democrat).

Alison told the crowd she voted against a municipal pension deferral last night, asserting (to rousing cheers) that the answer to economic trouble is to curb spending. The Mayor countered that tough times require tough choices, and deferring $1 million in pension payments will enable the town to keep cops and firefighters and deal with immigration problems.


Massachusetts: Tax-day protest draws crowd

Fall River —

Dozens of Fall River "tea party" protesters weren’t shy about wanting to throw their politicians overboard.

The protest outside Government Center Wednesday was part of a series of tax-day protests at state Capitols and town squares across the country modeled after the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party.

Tiberio “Ti” Sardinha, an owner of M. Sardinha & Sons Plumbing & Heating for nearly 40 years, was among those rallying outside Governement Center.

“I’m tired of big government. It’s the problem, not the answer,” Sardinha said.

“When business is bad. I don’t raise prices. If business is bad, government shouldn’t raise taxes,” said Sardinha, holding an American flag with a woman he’d just met.

“We were determined to find a tea party today,” said Cecilia Cichon of New Jersey, on the other end of the flag. She and her husband were visiting their Fall River cousins, the Mazurek family, for Easter.

Happily, they didn’t need to travel to Providence for a tea party, she said.

Colorful signs stated messages like “Stop Bankrupting My Children,” “Liberty is All the Stimulus We Need” and “Vote Them All Out in 2010.”

Linda Rapoza, Republican State Committee chairwoman who also chairs the Fall River Republican City Committee, wore her political goal on her head: “Can Barney Frank in 2010” read her red, white and blue hat, along with her preference of Republican candidate Earl Sholley for Congress.

“People are just fed up,” Rapoza said. “They’re over-taxed. There’s no representation on Beacon Hill.”

She said there were at least 70 protesters at the outset of their rally in front of Government Center at noontime. One included a fireman dressed as Thomas Paine to represent one of the founders of American liberty.

By Michael Holtzman
Herald News Staff Reporter

Colorado: Colo. anti-tax protesters join national protest

DENVER (AP) - Several thousand protesters gathered at the Colorado Capitol to join anti-tax demonstrations across the nation marking the April 15 tax deadline.

Organizers say they're upset over government spending since President Barack Obama's administration took over and Congress approved a $787 billion economic stimulus package.

The rallies on Wednesday were organized to echo the original Boston Tea Party more than 235 years ago.

A smaller rally is also taking place in Fort Collins' Washington Park next that city's government building.


Oregon: About 1,000 protest government, taxes on Capitol steps

SALEM -- Minutes before the official noon kickoff and there are about 1,000 people on the steps of the Capitol, protesting everything from abortions to bailouts. One little girl is carrying a sign that reads: I am not an ATM for Congress.

Oregon is hosting 20 anti-tax tea parties around the state today as part of a national taxpayer tea party movement.

Pioneer Square in Portland will host one at 6 tonight. Special guest star? Victoria Taft. For a complete schedule of where you can join the anti-tax fun, check the link here.

by Janie Har, The Oregonian