Posted by: Puma1 | April 15, 2009

First Anti-Tax, Anti-Spending Tea Party Tax Protest Day A Massive Success

In Des Moines, Iowa, more than 1,000 people gathered on the steps of the state Capitol wearing red shirts proclaiming “revolution is brewing.”

“The system is severely broken and we the people let it get that way,” said Des Moines businessman Doug Burnett. “What can we do? My answer is revolution.”


“It is a nonpartisan mass organizing effort comprised of people unhappy with size of government. All you have to be is a mildly awake Republican candidate for office to get in front of that parade,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The movement has attracted prominent Republicans, some considering a 2012 presidential bid.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich planned to address a tea party in a New York City park Wednesday night. His advocacy group,, has partnered with tea party organizers to get word to the group’s members.

“It’s the Reagan coalition reorganizing itself,” Gingrich spokesman Rick Sawyer said…

In Boston, a few hundred protesters gathered on the Boston Common—a short distance from the original Tea Party—with some dressed in Revolutionary War garb and carrying signs that said “Barney Frank, Bernie Madoff: And the Difference Is?” and “D.C.: District of Communism.”

Event coordinator Christen Varley, a conservative Catholic Republican, said she was thrilled with the turnout.

“Personally, I envisioned me and 100 friends on the steps of the Statehouse,” she said. “I never saw this coming.”

And at a midday rally in downtown Louisville, Laura Watkins pushed her 2-year-old daughter Zoe in a stroller with a sign strapped to the front reading “My Piggy Bank is not Your ATM.” Watkins said she joined the protest after reading about it online and hearing about it on Fox News.

“I don’t want my daughter to inherit all this debt,” she said.

via Anti-tax protesters turn out for dreaded April 15.

As a fiscally responsible liberal, I am thrilled that the tax and spending protests have been a resounding success.

In fact, I think these tax protests should be a series of monthly, ongoing events until our congresspeople get the message that it is our money they are spending, our prosperity they are borrowing against, and our future that they are mortgaging with their outrageous tax and spend budget measures.

Kudos to the organizers of these events, and shame on the Bush and Obama administrations for their greed and irresponsibility.

The Republicans deserve their time in the wilderness for enabling Bush’s big spending neoconservatism and for propping up the myth that Reagan, Prince of Huge Deficits, was some kind of fiscal hero.

The Democrats, meanwhile, have with the Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate squandered their chance to reclaim the mantle of sobriety and fiscal responsibility from the Republican party.

They could have nominated an economically literate, balanced-budget, return-to-prosperity, big-government-is-dead Clinton Democrat. Instead, they’ve elected left-wing Bush in blackface, who in spending money like a drunken sailor on furlough has re-energized the libertarian roots of the GOP, threatened the Democratic allegiance of fiscally responsible independents, and turned the Dem Party into the party of tax-and-spend big government liberalism once again.

As Gingrich, the GOP stands poised once again to pick off “Reagan” Democrats who are justifiably horrified by Obama’s left-wing spending monster government.

Way to go, Dumbocrats.



  1. Left wingers are bent out of shape? What? I think most of them are laughing over the whole homoerotic double entendre that the right’s been making of themselves. What with all this teabagging and NOM’s 2M4M.

    I mean seriously, this squirrel can teabag better than most of these protesters.

    • The extreme, MSNBC-watching far left’s obsession with calling these tea parties “teabagging” — and with the private parts of squirrel’s — is a little disturbing, perhaps Freudian. I think it must have been started by Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow.

      Why any parent would name their son Rachel, I’m sure I don’t know.

  2. I think it’s great to see American’s doing things like this.

    I’m seeing a lot of far left wingers all bent out of shape over the tea parties and don’t get why. So I’m glad to see you’re post.

    Just stopped by one blog who said it was because “right wingers” have suddenly gotten the idea that their taxes are too high.

    I think he’s missing the point. It’s the spending and out of control government erasing freedoms that I think has all these Tea Party goers upset.

    I was upset with Bush too over a lot of the spending he was doing and allowing, but I was spitting mad over his TARP.

    It’s time we had some house cleaning in DC. I’d love to see term limits in the Senate and Congress. I’d also like to see a cleaning out of staff on a regular basis, because I’m starting to get the idea that they are the unelected framers of a lot of laws.

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