RI Teaparty Storms Capital

by Sal on June 11, 2009

in Economy,Politics

Rhode Island (my native state) held a Tea Party protest yesterday to specifically protest increased taxes and the lack of substantial spending cuts in this year’s fiscal budget.  The protest drew over 1,000 people, with about 500 or so admitted into the capital building to protest in front of legislators offices.  The protest received a surprise speaker, Gov. Don Carcieri, who has been harshly critical of the budget process on Smith Hill.

If the Obama administration has done anything, it has succeeded in awakening the silent majority.  This tea party protest in Providence is only the latest in these types of local, activist-oriented Conservative protests that have occurred across the nation since the hugely-successful Tax Day Tea Party on April 15.  Conservatives, who have traditionally shied away from public protest, have gotten fed up with the massive spending and taxation precipitated by both parties.  While there are many good Republicans who have tried to hold the line on spending, and most Republicans do indeed hold the line on taxation, too many Republicans have ignored the principles of limited government and fiscal discipline.  Our nation is in a financial tailspin, and a sizable portion of the American people are fed up.  The rather large turnout for a locally-planned tea party in a deep-blue state, separate from any national tea party day, demonstrates that the movement has legs and is here to stay.

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Moogie P June 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Excellent! Holding more TEA Party events during the administration’s ramping-up of its healthcare reform campaign is very important. Little Rok, Arkansas, is holding an event on Monday in the Rivermarket area, 5:30 – 8:30. Let’s keep ‘em conming, recruiting all the way!

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Ryan June 11, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I’m shocked there were even 1000 people in RI who pay taxes! Doesn’t RI have one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates too? I thought every one ate from the government trough — where the slop never ends!

I generally like “The Don” Carcieri and was happy to hear he participated. Republicans are practically non-existent in RI and having such a high-profile one engage in such positive civic action is a great sign.

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