‘Tea party’ gathering protests big bailout
By Sue Doyle, Staff Writer
Updated: 04/14/2009 11:12:11 PM PDT
GLENDALE – Taxpayers angry about the federal government’s multibillion-dollar bailout of financial institutions and other businesses plan to demonstrate today at City Hall as part of a national “tea party” protest.
Organized by the New American Tea Party, a nonpartisan coalition, the protests are aimed at sending Washington a message that banks, the car companies and others getting bailouts should have been left to fail.
“It’s time for them to stop spending,” said Debi Devens, a Glendale resident who spearheaded the local rally. “That’s what got me involved in this.”
Devens said the group is not targeting any specific politician. Instead, they argue the federal government has grown too large and too distant from the taxpayers they represent.
The Glendale rally takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at 613 E. Broadway. Demonstrators are encouraged to bring signs and American flags.
Tea stands for “taxed enough already.”
The New American Tea Party rally kicked off Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C., and is meant to resemble the Boston Tea Party of 1773. For information on the rallies, go to www.newamericanteaparty.com.
What do you think of the idea of these tea party protests? Are you for or against it? Do you agree or disagree with the policies of President Obama?