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April 15, 2009

TEA party protests dominate Tax Day

TIPTON — More than 100 people stood in front of the Tipton County Courthouse Square Wednesday carrying signs and joining in chants. Packages of Lipton Tea were passed around and concerned citizens gathered to sign a petition telling Congress and the president they were “Taxed Enough Already.”

Rallying the crowd with a bullhorn in hand, Jocelyn Lynch recited the first three words of the U.S. Constitution. “We the people,” she began, “are fed up with how the federal, state and local governments are treating us — treating us like cash cows.

“We the people own the government. They work for us,” she said to growing applause.

Tipton demonstrators and those at a Kokomo Tea Party held later in the day at Sycamore Spors/Celebrations joined protesters from hundreds of thousands across the country in criticizing the federal and state governments for the growing national debt. These “Tea Parties” were held on Tax Day as a reminder to governments to be fiscally responsible. The rallies were reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party rebellion in 1773.

While promoted as non-partisan events, many of the backers were conservatives, including Republican Congressman Dan Burton, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin and conservative pundit Sean Hannity along with conservative organizations like American Family Association and FreedomWorks.

Demonstrators at Tipton carried signs such as “Socialism = Slavery,” “Smaller government, fewer taxes,” and “You’re spending our children’s future.”

Robert Jordan, a Greentown resident, was angered about several economics issues, including the $787 billion stimulus package and the bailouts for automakers and the banking industry.

“In capitalism, people should have a right to succeed or fail,” Jordan said. “When government can control the distribution and production of goods, we’ve lost our freedoms.”

“I hate to see people losing their jobs, but how many people do we have to bail out?” asked Lynda McCroskery.

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