Tax day brings tea party day for protests nationwide

What some on the left don’t realize about the tax tay tea parties is this really is a strange new phenomena of people not trusting their government with taxing and spending….

The Kansas City Star
You’re invited to an afternoon tea party — and not the raised-pinkie, one-lump-or-two variety, either.

Try a Boston Harbor, sneak over the bow, throw-stuff-in-the water populist protest against the federal government.

Today in Kansas City, and 2,000 other communities large and small across America, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather to mimic the Boston Tea Party, arguing for an end to deficit spending, lower taxes and a reduced government role in the economy.

“You can’t spend all this money, most of which we do not have,” said Carl Bearden, a former state lawmaker helping organize Missouri tea parties.

They’re marching. They’re sending tea bags to Congress, creating something of a mess in post offices. And on the day millions of taxpayers drop their returns into the mailbox, they intend to be heard.

“There’s concern among the American people about this debt, about our deficit,” said Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, a Missouri Republican. “I lose sleep every night worrying about what I’m laying on my children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, we’re in a bad state right now.”

Although tea parties also are scheduled for Lee’s Summit, Overland Park, Topeka, and dozens of other cities in the region today, protesters in Jefferson City hoisted their signs a day early on the steps of the state Capitol.

Peggy Falk of Jefferson City held a sign reading, “Stop stealing money I haven’t made yet.” She’s upset by the federal government’s actions in the wake of the recession.

Dan Dey, of New Bloomfield, Mo., carried a reproduction of the Continental flag, which he said was flown by American revolutionaries at Bunker Hill. “We’re losing sight of the fact that we should be self-reliant and self-accountable,” Dey said.

Such sentiments are common at tea party protests, which have grown dramatically in recent weeks.

They began as ad hoc, grassroots weekend gatherings in February after CNBC business reporter Rick Santelli — discussing a federal mortgage bailout proposal — called for a Chicago tea party in protest.

Santelli’s cable TV challenge swirled through the blogosphere, prompting a loose-knit coalition of conservative Republicans, libertarians, Ron Paul supporters and H. Ross Perot acolytes to hold their own tea parties.

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