Tea Parties According to the MSM

Critics of President Barack Obama marked national tax day Wednesday with “tea party” protests that Republicans are calling the birth of a grassroots opposition, but Democrats dismiss as a fraud.

Organizers promised hundreds of protests across the country against taxes and Obama’s big-spending budget proposals.

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Obama says his budget will jump start the economy out of recession, but protesters warn the country will instead sink beneath its debt burdens.

The demonstrations, styled on the famous 1773 Boston Tea Party revolt against British colonial taxes, came as Americans rushed to meet the annual deadline for filing income tax returns.

Protests were to feature dumping of teabags, iced tea and other tea-related stunts.

But despite the catchy theme and revolutionary-era symbolism, there were questions about whether the scattered Republican forces would be able to ensure a significant turnout.

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From The Associated Press

Protesters began gathering at state Capitols and in neighborhoods and town squares across the country Wednesday to kick off a series of tax-day protests designed to echo the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party. Demonstrators said they’re steamed about government spending since President Barack Obama took office.

The rallies were being 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. Large protests also were expected in California and New York.

In Atlanta, thousands of people were expected 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. He’s been promoting the show on Fox.

The tea parties have also been promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas.

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