Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Debts of the Spenders: US Tea Parties Rally Nation

Patriots took to the streets to protest a nation's spending binge gone mad. Months of bad bank bailouts, poorly planned public works, and the continued outsourcing of US jobs to foreign shores found outlets in ranks of angry protesters. Like any nascent "movement", the protesters came from diverse backgrounds. While this is an indication of how widespread public anger has grown, the varied nature of the protesters makes them vulnerable to co-optation by larger institutional players, such as the embattled Republican Party, eager to use them to further their own ends.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of thousands of protesters staged "tea parties" around the country Wednesday to tap into the collective angst stirred up by a bad economy, government spending and bailouts. The rallies were directed at President Barack Obama's new administration on a symbolic day: the deadline to file income taxes. Protesters even threw what appeared to be a box of tea bags toward the White House, causing a brief lockdown at the compound.



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