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Even Fox News Missed The Big Picture

Thousands of Anti-Tax ‘Tea Party’ Protesters Turn Out in U.S. Cities



Hundreds of anti-tax rallies kicked off Wednesday in several U.S. cities as demonstrators protested high taxes and massive government spending.


Nice headline, but ...

They are probably off by an order of magnitude. I went out to one “official” tea party site and counted more than 800 confirmed, registered events held across America. How many more happened that weren’t registered with this one site? How many happened on college campuses? How many more were impromptu happenings? Word of mouth get togethers that didn’t make it to Facebook? My guess is that there were easily a 1000 tea parties yesterday. Maybe a lot more than that. And only some of the bigger ones got press coverage. 3000 folks at this one, 8000 folks at that one, 2500 here, 4000 there. 300 at my own county courthouse, and not only was it a chilly wet day, I live in a rather sparsely populated county with almost no unemployment.

Chants like “Give me liberty, not debt” and “Our kids can’t afford you” were heard across several U.S. cities Wednesday as anti-tax “tea party” protesters took to the streets to voice their opposition to big government spending.

Thousands of protesters—some dressed in colonial wigs with tea bags hanging from their eyeglasses—showed up in states from California to Kentucky to Massachusetts, holding signs and reading speeches lambasting the Obama administration’s tax-and-spend policies.

“I have two little kids and I know we are mortgaging their futures away,” one protester at a rally in Austin, Texas told FOX News. “It makes me sick to my stomach.

In Lansing, Mich., outside the state Capitol, another 4,000 people waved signs exclaiming “Stop the Fiscal Madness,” “Read My Lipstick! No More Bailouts” and “The Pirates Are in D.C.”

More than 1,000 protesters gathered outside a downtown federal building in Salt Lake City despite the rain and snow. Kate Maloney held a cardboard sign that read “Pin the tail on the jacka$$” with a picture of Obama on a Democratic donkey.

My guess is that more than a million Americans turned out for this yesterday. And a large part of the country had poor weather. To me that says a whole lot more than what could be written on a protest sign. Bad weather knocks a third to half off your attendance. But that left a million people. A million people who were fed up enough to go somewhere and do something means that 50 million more wanted to but didn’t, and another 30 to 50 million were at least sympathetic. Because you get about 1 in a 100 who will step up. This happens with everything. Heck, I have 1200 folks a day who read this blog, way more than 1200 registered members, and only about 15 folks who comment. Close enough to 1 in a 100 right there. That’s just how it is in life.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/16/2009 at 06:35 PM   
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