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April 16, 2009

'Taxed Enough Already'

Tea parties across the nation protest government spending



By Samantha Swindler / Staff/Wire Report

Protesters braved a cold and windy Tax Day outside the Laurel County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon during one of hundreds of “tea parties” across the country.

“Thank you for coming,” said Debbie Harvell as she opened the event. “We know it’s cold today — but we’re all hot, let’s put it that way.”

Organizers said more than 100 people participated in the tea party in London to protest excessive government spending and federal bailouts.

“I’m tired of the government throwing money away like a drunken sailor... not to take that on sailors, being a sailor myself,” said James Jordan of London. “We’ve got to stop. I can’t spend money I don’t have. I can’t borrow money and spend and spend and spend. It just won’t work. It will not work and we’ve got to take our country back.”

Holding a sign that read, “We are the new Sons of Liberty,” organizer Cindi Johnson claimed that two of her ancestors had participated in the original Boston Tea Party of 1773.

That event, in which colonists, dressed as Native Americans, threw tea into Boston Harbor to protest unfair tax policies without representation in Parliament, was a milestone on the road to the American Revolution.

“The Sons of Liberty are what they called themselves,” Johnson said. “They weren’t Democrats and Republicans back then, they were Americans — or not even Americans back then — they just wanted liberty, they wanted their freedom, that’s what this country was all about ... we have to stand up and let our voices be heard from London, Kentucky all the way to Washington D.C.”

Tens of thousands of people participated in tea parties across the country on Wednesday — timed to coincide with the national deadline to file income taxes. The events were promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, who is now a lobbyist.

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