Thousands of protesters across North Carolina are using tax day to show their distaste for government spending and federal bailouts since President Barack Obama took office.
From Charlotte to Edenton, more than two dozen towns and cities
saw protesters holding "tea parties" on Wednesday. WITN covered rallies in Greenville and New Bern where hundreds of people turned out.
Cary resident Mark Isaacs attended a protest in Raleigh holding a sign that showed a taxpayer pulling a cart advertising a free ride. The 50-year-old chemical supplier echoed other protesters' concerns when he said the government must stop spending money it doesn't have. He said his daughters will shoulder the debt.
Other protesters said tax cuts would better stimulate the economy by allowing Americans to keep more of their own money.
It's a high-stress day for income tax procrastinators who have a midnight deadline to file their returns.
It's also going to be a day of protests across the country by people who feel they are Taxed Enough Already -- TEA -- hence the name Tax Day Tea Parties.
Rallies against government spending are scheduled across the nation, more than 235 years after the original Boston Tea Party tax revolt.
Organizers say they're steamed at government spending since President Barack Obama's administration took over.
They started yesterday when about 200 people gathered at the
Missouri state Capitol.
Rallies are planned today in many Eastern Carolina towns, including
Greenville, Jacksonville, New Bern, Morehead City, Goldsboro, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton and Currituck.
Greenville Tea Party
Wednesday April 15th, 2008
Vacant lot at Greenville Blvd. & Bismark (across from KFC and Golden Corral)
When: April 15, 11:30 am - 1:00pm
Where: Currituck Judicial Center
When: April 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Where: Edenton Courthouse Green, Court and Water Streets
City: Elizabeth City
When: April 15, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Sidewalk in front of Pasquotank County Courthouse, 206 E.
When: April 15, 12:00 Noon
Where: City Hall
When: April 15, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Where: Gibson’s Parking Lot/Beside Doug’s Car Care - Bell Fork Rd
City: Morehead City
When: April 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Parkway Shopping Center (near Kmart)
City: New Bern
When: April 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: County Administration Bldg. 406 Craven St (marching to Union
City: Outer Banks - Kill Devil Hills/ Kitty Hawk
When: April 15, 12:00 10:00 am
Where: Wright Brothers Memorial
City: Roanoke Rapids
When: April 15, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Colliers Harley Davidson