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Hundreds gather in Raleigh for anti-tax rally

Posted June 3, 2009
Updated June 4, 2009

— Conservatives say General Assembly leaders need to know proposed tax increases would mean more difficult choices for North Carolina families.

Bus loads of anti-tax activists came together Wednesday in Raleigh for the annual "Take Back Our State" rally, sponsored by the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

A scheduled speaker was Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher. He made news during the presidential campaign when he asked then-presidential candidate Barack Obama about taxes.

"The citizens of North Carolina have to step up and say 'No, you've been spending our money time and time and time again,'" said Wurzelbacher during a break from signing autographs and getting his picture taken by passers-by. "You can't take care of everybody. Our system doesn't work that way."

Heather Neal, 33, of Fayetteville, who carried a sign that read "Bev Perdue, I'm Sick of You," said she attended the rally "for people who pay their taxes and work to pay their taxes and couldn't be here."

Neal, a discount store supervisor, accused Perdue of going back on her word by failing to protect public education during the budget crisis. Perdue has required all state employees – including schoolteachers – to take a 0.5 percent pay cut, but they haven't been laid off.

Americans for Prosperity chartered a bus for activists from across the state to attend the rally. Pick ups were in Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Pinehurst and Wilmington.

Democratic legislative leaders are grappling with how to narrow a $4.6 billion budget gap for the year starting July 1.

Chapter president Dallas Woodhouse said the event behind the Legislative Building was designed to make clear to lawmakers that the public is taxed enough already. The group says spending needs to be reduced.


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  • 5Rs Jun 4, 2009

    Back to taxes. When is the state of NC going to realize it is short by about 20%? Nickel and dime cuts won't hack it when the deficits are in the billions. A suggestion: start by eliminating unnecessary programs that have been put in place in the last few years. Then eliminate programs that have outlived their original purpose and have morphed into beaurocratic nightmares.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jun 4, 2009

    tax and spend baby gotta love a democratic govt

  • Just the facts mam Jun 3, 2009

    Funny how most of the liberal Democrats that Obama was nominating a few months ago to his Cabinet never made it through the confirmation process as they were not paying all of their taxes over the recent years. For all of you who want taxes raised - don't be shy - send in as much money as you want to the State - just don't be forcing your desire to raise taxes on those of us who feel we pay enough already. No one is stopping you from paying more taxes!!!

  • GetALife_all Jun 3, 2009

    I didn't realize Joe was anything more then a deadbeat business owner that didn't pay his taxes or mortgage. It's nice to see that he is still holding on to his 15 minutes of glory.

  • mwilliams2 Jun 3, 2009

    Didn't you hear the news worland, "Deficits Don't Matter."

  • Worland Jun 3, 2009

    Class warfare is just stupid. The only person to blame for you not being wealthy is looking right back at you in the mirror. This is the land of opportunity where anyone really can become rich, powerful and famous.

    Blaming the rich for you being poor is like blaming a skinny person because you're fat. That kind of logic just doesn't flow.

  • Worland Jun 3, 2009

    Last time I checked, Reagan isn't currently the President. Comrade Commissar Obama is the one spending in excess of $3.6T this year and printing $5 Trillion. That's 200%+ increase in Federal spending and about a 400% increase in the number of dollars in circulation.

    No matter how you slice it, all we have to look forward to is higher taxes and higher inflation. It's pretty bad when Russia and China have to lecture our President on how free markets and democracy work.

  • mwilliams2 Jun 3, 2009

    "... you do realize Obama is sending more troops over seas, he said he'd get them out of Iraq and he put them right back into Afghanistan. ALRIGHT!"

    That's right crash - because Iraq is the $1 trillion dollar unnecessary war, and Afghanistan was and is a necessary war. Remember, they actually did have something to do with 9/11 insofar as harboring terrorist cells. It's ok though, it may be that you are just too young to remember who osama bin laden is. I know George Bush forgot about him pretty quickly too.

  • Garnerwolf1 Jun 3, 2009

    "President Obama knows what he is doing." How? Based on what experience?

  • Professor Jun 3, 2009

    you do realize Obama is sending more troops over seas,

    President Obama knows what he is doing. Stop critizing and support this outstanding man.