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TEA'd off Americans urged to protest

TEA'd off Americans urged to protest
Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 3/20/2009 7:00:00 AM

A pro-family organization is planning TEA parties nationwide on April 15 -- but the events, designed to send a strong message to the White House and Congress, won't be sit-down affairs.

The rallies are called Taxed Enough Already, or TEA, parties that will be held in 1,000 cities across the nation. People are being asked to gather at their city hall during the lunch hour on Tax Day. Similar gatherings have taken place in cities across the U.S., as tens of thousands have turned out to protest wasteful government spending and President Barack Obama's "stimulus" package. (See related video report on anti-bailout demonstrations)

Don Wildmon, founder and chairman of the sponsoring American Family Association, says the TEA parties have touched a nerve with average Americans.

"There's a tax rebellion coming if Congress and the president do not deal properly with this," says Wildmon. "I think that President Obama has gotten himself a problem that is above his pay grade -- and we're just hoping that people will respond."

In a press release, Wildmon says Washington's economic solution thus far could have detrimental effects on families for generations. "We cannot spend our way out of debt," states the AFA leader, "and we find it immoral to pile debt on our great-grandchildren."

The April protests are inspired by the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, an incident which protested British taxation on the American colonies without representation in Parliament. An Internet site for the rallies is

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