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Tea party supporters rally on tax day

Posted April 15, 2011

— In what is becoming an annual tradition, tea party and conservative groups movement are holding thousands of rallies across the country on America's traditional tax day.

Two rallies were held  in Raleigh. One was hosted by the Wake County Taxpayers Association Tea Party at the Federal Building. 

The other event,the Tax Day Tea Party, organized by Triangle Conservatives Unite was held at the State Capitol Building.

Organizers said their message is simple: limited government, smaller taxes and power to the people.

“What they’ve done up in Washington is they’ve basically said, ‘We’re going to give money to people now,’ and then people like me are going to pay it back later,” said Jason Voluntaryist, a Tea Party supporter who attended the rally outside the state Capitol on Friday.

The rally is timed to coincide with April 15 when Americans federal taxes are usually due. The deadline is pushed back to Monday this year because Friday is a federal holiday, Emancipation Day, in Washington, D.C.

“When George Bush was in office, I didn’t like it. I thought he was overspending. I thought, well, even if we get a Democrat next time, they can’t spend more than George Bush did. But I was completely wrong about that,” said Lee Odom, who attended the rally outside the state Capitol.

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The current tea party movement started a little more than two years ago after an on-air call from CNBC reporter Rick Santelli over President Barack Obama's mortgage bailout plan.

"We're thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July. All of you capitalists that want to show up at Lake Michigan, I'm going to start organizing it," Santelli said.

In a recent CNN poll, 77 percent of tea party supporters identified themselves as conservative. Sixty percent are men age 50 and older, 66 percent are college educated, and half attend church regularly.

Tea party activists said all supporters of the movement want to restore the nation's founding principles.

"James Madison said it. If the Congress does not do the will of the people, the republic is gone," said David DeGerolamo, with NC Freedom.

"It's very simple. Whatever we do, we filter through that," Brannon said.

While some don't argue with the Tea Party's message, they take issue with the group's approach to politics.

"Politically I don’t have a problem with anyone, but it’s the way you conduct yourself. And if you are about separation and division, that’s not me,” Independent voter William Wade said.


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  • rdcress Apr 18, 2011

    It's amazing the number of statements about killing Social Security. First, I don't think a single soul has read any of the actual proposals and second, how can anyone believe larger government is better. Please... for a third, give the tax the rich rhetoric a rest. If the Libs are so dead set about taxing the rich, why aren't they calling for an end to all the green energy incentives that are structures only for WEALTHY and EXTREMELY prosperous corporations. Guess who pays again! Yep, there are some die-hard ditto-heads and Bush-lovers in the Tea Party but be careful to not paint with too broad a brush. There are plenty of studious individuals who do read the bills and who do understand objective economics without all the emotional bias.

  • Garner-Bob Apr 18, 2011

    It's funny that they don't call it wealth redistribution when they cut programs that benefit the poor while refusing to touch tax breaks for millionaires.

  • ikeyboy Apr 15, 2011

    These people need to get a life and do something worthwhile instead of barking at things they do not understand.

  • tao90 Apr 15, 2011

    The tea party does not represent America.

  • 5Rs Apr 15, 2011

    More FACTS for you to ignore. the Fed government, with its budget of $3.6T, this year is spending as much as 40% of the total taxable income of all of us. It is not collecting that much, which is why we have a deficit af almost half of what they are spending.

  • yankee1 Apr 15, 2011

    Hey there all of you who think it's the job of others to take care of you- "Watcha you gonna do when everyone else's money runs out on you?"

  • Mark Hayes Apr 15, 2011

    When will people remember that we the people are the government and we should take control and just electing someone into office does not get the job done we have to make our elected officials respond not to what they think we want, but as to what we want.

  • blackdog Apr 15, 2011

    "where was this bunch when GWB ran the economy in the ground??"

    That is a very good question. Another good question, How did the Tea Party forget why our economy went south, so soon? Americans for Prosperity soon sang a completely misleading song.
    How can a dopplelgangeer be percieved as fact. Answer: Emotional justification. The Phillips brothers created AFP for the Koch Brothers. Utilizing the John Birch Society playbook. The intent, is to destroy and privatize the government, into a Plutocracy.

  • 5Rs Apr 15, 2011

    " the majority say "don't cut MY socialist program!"" - ncmike

    Bingo. Whenever a new "entitlement" program comes into existence, people become dependent on it reather than themselves, and the country pays the price. Now "entitlement" programs are destroying the country.

  • oakcity Apr 15, 2011

    wow, huge turnout in front of the federal building must've been 14 maybe 15 people out there, well 16 if you count mi ma that was asleep in the truck.