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Posted on 04/15/2009 1:41:23 PM PDT by Steelfish
Tax deadline brings out thousands of protesters
By JOE BIESK, Associated Press Writer Joe Biesk
Thousands of protesters, some dressed like Revolutionary War soldiers and most waving signs with anti-tax slogans, gathered around the nation Wednesday for a series of rallies modeled after the original Boston Tea Party.
They chose the income tax filing deadline to express their displeasure with government spending since President Barack Obama took office.
The protests were held everywhere from Kentucky, which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol, to South Carolina, where the governor has repeatedly criticized the $787 billion economic stimulus package Congress passed earlier this year.
"Frankly, I'm mad as hell," said Des Moines, Iowa, businessman Doug Burnett, one of about 1,000 people, many in red shirts declaring "revolution is brewing," at a rally at the Iowa Capitol.
"This country has been on a spending spree for decades, a spending spree we can't afford."
Large rallies were expected later in California and New York.
In Atlanta, thousands of people were to gather on the steps of the Georgia Capitol, where Fox News Channel conservative pundit Sean Hannity was set to broadcast his show Wednesday night.
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I was wonderin’, is it only a ko-inky-dink that Honest Abe died on April 15th?
I am in the process of bringing my boat back North, so I can’t participate in any of the tea parties. However, I did run today from Oriental, NC to Belhaven, NC flying a 3ft x 5ft Gadsden Flang from the masthead. Maybe nobody who saw it understood what I was trying to say, but it made me feel better. Actually, that flag looked so good, I may leave it up for the rest of the trip. If any Freepers in Portsmouth, Norfolk or Hampton Roads see a trawler coming through this weekend with a big yellow flag at the masthead, give a holler.