Tea Party activists on Thursday will congregate in cities across America, using Tax Day to protest the Obama Administration’s healthcare legislation, higher taxes, and skyrocketing government spending.
While events are scheduled in cites across the country, the focal point will be in Washington, D.C., where a daylong series of rallies will feature leading Republican officials and conservative activists.
“The American people know this administration and this Democratic Congress tax too much, borrow too much, and spend too much,” Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.) said Wednesday at an Americans for Tax Reform press conference.
“As we anticipate the gathering of millions of Americans, from here in our nation’s capital to the state house in Indianapolis, to gatherings all across the United States of America, my message is simply this: We can do better,” Pence said. “This country can produce leadership on the national level that will put our fiscal house in order and that will recognize that we have a spending problem, not a taxing problem.”
Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, said the Tea Partiers were ordinary citizens fed up with Washington’s out-of-control spending.
“We’re sitting at home being hit by this rough economy, we’re having to cut our budgets, clip coupons, find creative ways to save our money. We’re ordinary citizens,” said Martin. “And we understand that to achieve fiscal security, it requires fiscal responsibility. You have to sit down and you have to make the tough decisions.… And that’s what Tea Party Patriots is asking Congress to do.”
Several conservatives warned that Obama’s massive spending programs will require more taxes from the American people and predicted that Democrats would be seeking a European-style value-added tax to add more revenue to the government’s coffers.
“Our friend Mr. Obama was elected with his most frequently made promise, that he reiterated several times, that he would not raise taxes on most Americans—as a matter of fact he’d only raise them on a handful,” said Grover Norquist, who heads Americas for Tax Reform. “He has broken that pledge seven times in the healthcare bill, out of 19 total tax increases, and they’re preparing to do it in a massive way with the Value Added Tax.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) said “the only way liberals can support European levels of spending is with European levels of taxation.”
The first Washington Tax Day rally will take place Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from the White House, and will feature conservative speakers including Norquist, former Rep. Dick Armey (R.-Tex.), radio talk show host Neal Boortz, and Ken Hoagland, campaign chairman of the Online Tax Revolt.
Several conservative groups are participating, including Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, Freedom Works, Online Tax Revolt and Eagle Forum.
Organizers of the event are utilizing new media tools for those who cannot attend, streaming it live at OnlineTaxRevolt.com. (http://onlinetaxrevolt.com./)
A second rally in the Nation’s Capital will be held in the evening at the Washington Monument, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Armey, Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Tex.), Rep. Tom Price (R.-Ga.), Andrew Breitbart, Tucker Carlson, and Lord Monckton are some of the prominent conservative voices slated to address the evening rally.
“I think we’re going to demonstrate that people still care about what their government is doing, said Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of Freedom Works, one of the organizers of the events. “You have grassroots organizations in every congressional district across the country and these folks are already organized.”