Taxation and Spending Protest

DANIEL C. CAMERON for GTR Newspapers

POWER TO THE TEA PARTY: Rick Couri of radio station KRMG 740 AM talks to the LaFortune Park crowd of over 2,500 on April 15, also known as income tax day. Organizers say “TEA” is an acronym for “Taxed Enough Already.”

A number of local Tax Day TEA Parties were held in Tulsa and throughout the nation. Headliners for this location’s rally included United States Congressman John Sullivan, Tulsa County Tax Assessor Ken Yazel, and other local business and community leaders. Author of “The Fairtax Book” and nationally syndicated radio host Neal Boortz participated live at this location by phone.

Participants signed a symbolic scroll of The Declaration of Independence. Participants at the event said they showed their support for “lower taxation, reduced government spending and a more responsible government.”

Organizer Cris Kurtz reports, “The TEA Party is part of a national movement formed to protest the spending of trillions of dollars, which will leave our great-grandchildren a debt they must pay, and to restore the basic free market principals upon which our country was founded. This is a grassroots, collaborative volunteer organization made up of everyday American citizens. This is not about Democrats and Republicans. It’s about the defending the Constitution and loving America.”

It has been reported that Tax day rallies were held in over 1,800 cities across the nation and are being promoted by many organizations, including American Family Association, The Institute for Liberty, Smart Girl Politics, and many local and national radio/television programs and hosts.

Updated 04-20-2009

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