Tax day brews protests
Hundreds protest on tax day
April 15, 2009 4:09 PM
Concerned citizens took part in a 'tea party' in front of San Francisco's City Hall Wednesday, but instead of crumpets and pleasantries, bullhorns and passionate tirades against tax hikes and the stimulus bill filled the air.
The Tax Day Tea Party occurred nationwide in a grassroots effort to protest out of control government spending. The event was organized by various coalitions and organizations in San Francisco.
In San Francisco, more than 400 people showed up to rally against the economic stimulus plan, which designated $789 billion of government spending to revive the economy in recession.
"The government has gotten so big and it no longer protects individual rights," said Deborah Eudaley, a concerned citizen at the rally. "It has come down to excessive taxation, irresponsible spending and burdening future generations with massive debt."
The rally shifted from City Hall to Polk Street to the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Court House, where Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds a seat.
Speaker Pelosi's great influence on the economic stimulus plan gathered the protestors in front of the courthouse, according to Heath Hoff, an attendee at the 'tea party.'
"She is an elitist and doesn't listen to her constituents and voters," said Hoff. "They have their own agenda - taxing and spending us into bankruptcy," he said of the government.
While marching along Polk Street, Normita Fenn, a San Ramon resident, voiced her opposition against tax increases.
"They should be more responsible," Fenn said. "Why should I, as a taxpayer, be bailing [the banks] out? It is for us to realize that they are making a fool of the American people."
Jun Dam of Concord, with the Campaign for Liberty, believes that it's up to the individual to take the next step.
"We're born free and we can't rely on the government," he said. "What's happening now is out of control and we'll end up losing our freedom."
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