Skip to comments.Tea Party, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Posted on 03/07/2009 4:06:32 PM PST by Monitor
Hundreds attend Tea Party rally in Green Bay, WI.
Were you there?
Thank you!!! God bless everyone who is standing up for America!!
It was covered by a Milwaukee TV station on their 5:00 news tonight!
Good job, Green Bay!
Nice show! Thanks for posting!
I don’t suppose your hometown girl, Lt. Gov. Babs Lawton was there to support you! Congrats on taking a stand!
I was, and the pictures linked to were taken by me.
You are welcome.
I wouldn't have recognized her if she had. I drove up from Milwaukee. Thank you.
Glad to see the old town still has patriots! It was solidly conservative all the years we went up to our summer home in Suamico, but prosperity in the 90s brought in too many Yuppie Libs. Good fish fry at Far’s Grove, great golf at Brown County, best smoky links at Olsen’s on Velp. Are you old enough to remember Harry Wery’s Florida fruitmarket by the drive in theater at 57 & business 41?
We were at the Pennslyvania Tea Party to day. Pics and Vids here.
Good sized crowd.
The signs were great.
I was there, with 5 other people, it was great! Really wasn’t sure how many people would turn out, but if that many turn out in Green Bay, imagine Milwaukee and Madistan, especially as the weather gets warmer!
Keep up the good work!
Economic woes have average Americans fighting mad
Chicago Tea Party
March 4, 2009
There were as many different reasons to be protesting at Chicago’s Daley Plaza as there were people standing in the 25-degree cold Friday. Hoisting handmade signs declaring, “Stop the Spending, Stop the Madness,” “Fire Congress” and “Don’t Tread on Me,” 400 angry taxpayers marched across the Michigan Avenue bridge chanting, “Socialism sucks!” and “USA, USA.”
With the stock market hitting 12-year lows, unfathomable Congressional deficit spending, bailouts for greedy Wall Street execs, average Joes stepped up on Daley Plaza benches and shouted: “If we max out our credit cards, we don’t just go get more credit cards. How much more does Congress want?” “I just got laid off from my job. Who’s gonna bail me out?” “Capitalists, raise your hands!”
One 50-year-old said she’d never marched in a protest before Friday. “I’m just so angry,” she said. “Congress is spending and will make our kids pay for it. I want a better life for my kids and grandkids. They shouldn’t have to pay for this.”
“That’s right,” her friend said. “We were taught to make sacrifices for our kids. Now we’re telling them they’re going to have to make sacrifices for us. That’s just not right.”
Friday’s protest was duplicated in 40 other cities nationwide, set into motion by an emotional outburst from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade a few weeks ago. Business reporter Rick Santelli spontaneously expressed frustration with government bailouts for the automobile and banking industries, which is setting our nation into unprecedented debt, now projected to be more than $3 trillion. Santelli’s rant was broadcast live on CNBC and has since been viewed by millions via YouTube.
Chicago protesters agree with Santelli. They are frustrated because what they work hard for and sacrifice to achieve never seems to be enough. The government is always demanding more from them, and now is starting on their kids and grandkids. For many, Friday was a game-changing “We’re not gonna take it anymore!” moment.
The people marching weren’t in the mood to talk about party politics. They were angry at Democratic leadership for pushing through unprecedented national indebtedness to pay for pork projects, earmarks for political buddies and wasteful spending. They were happy that House Republicans unanimously stood against Barack Obama’s stimulus plan, and angry at the three Republican senators voted with the Democrats.
Many feared their jobs would be the next to be axed by struggling companies. Some said they had lost much of their retirement pensions to a collapsing stock market. “How can we trust them to do the right thing now?” a man shouted.
Indeed, America has gone through tough economic times before, not so long ago. Unemployment, inflation and interest rates were all in double digits just a mere 27 years ago, and we recovered with historic rates of prosperity. It can happen again, but will only if we follow the tried and proven pattern that rescued us before: lower taxes, less government spending and more personal responsibility.
Obama’s plan heads in exactly the opposite direction. His idea is to increase income taxes on those making $250,000 or more - the very same people, who, if freed from higher taxes, would be able to invest in businesses and create private sector jobs. Instead, Obama’s proposal is to increase taxes on those earning $250,000 or more at higher rates to pay for more government jobs, ultimately draining the American economy rather than stimulating it.
And if the federal plan is not disastrous enough, Gov. Patrick Quinn is suggesting the possibility of a state income tax hike. Not good news for those of us whose Cook County assessments hiked our property taxes.
Just how much more economic pressure can politicians expect average Joes like you and me to take before we spout off like those at the Boston Tea Party?
Economic crisis demands focus, bullet-biting and belt-tightening, just like we’re all doing at home. State and federal governments need to do their share of cutting wasteful programs before they demand we cut more into our already lean budgets.
Rumor is there will be another steam-letting protest downtown on April 15. Maybe if you can’t get to Daley Plaza, you’ll find angry and frustrated neighbors at the Metra stations, grocery stores and barber shops that Wednesday, just as angry as you are.
If you do, don’t just stand around and gripe to each other. Make it a point to vent to elected officials, from your neighborhood aldermen to county officials, from state lawmakers to those in D.C. Without hearing our voices, they’ll keep spending and assuming we really don’t care.
Clear your throats, make your signs. It’s time to join the chant, “Stop the spending, stop the madness!” Or, if you prefer, a simple boisterous “Socialism sucks!” will do just fine. They’ll get the point.
Fran Eaton is a south suburban resident, a conservative activistin state and national politics andan online journalist.
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