Friday, April 16, 2010

Boise Tea Party

Steve Ritter photo

Tea Party Sends Message to the Electorate
Boise--Under sunny skies,, hundreds of Idahoans marched from Julia Davis park as part of a 'Tea Party' rally to protest flamboyant Capitol Hill spending of tax dollars, Thursday afternoon.

The first Idaho tea-party was held a year ago and was sparked by widespread opposition to President Obama's bank bailout/economic stimulus package.

Idaho's Tea Party was not much different than the hundreds held across the county, with many adopting the slogans, signage and donning patriotic dress. Tea party goers in Boise looked markedly normal, some signs were direct and to the point, and the message was ominous to office holders.

After months of attacking Democrats' healthcare-reform bill on Capitol Hill, the rally shifted it's attention to the upcoming elections with the hope of voting out Republican and Democratic lawmakers that don't live up to fiscally conservative ideals.

In the 90's, Newt Gingrich and newly elected Helen Chenoweth and others carried the "Contract With America" onto Capitol Hill, helping fellow Republicans take control of Congress from the opposition in the 1994 midterm elections. Now, Republicans hope the Tea Party-driven "Contract From America" will do the same thing in the 2010 midterms. And once again, Gingrich is along for the ride.

The document was unveiled last night at the Washington Tea Party rally, will serve a rally call "for those who recognize the importance of free market principles, limited government, and individual liberty," according to its drafters.

"Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government," says the document, which was published online with an online contest where organizers say more than 454,000 votes were cast. "It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices."

Tax day did not go unnoticed in the Washington offices of Representative Mike Simpson. He thinks tax reform is a critical step in the nation's economic recovery.

"On Tax Day this year, many Americans are struggling to make ends meet and facing difficult economic realities that make their tax burdens feel even heavier,” said Simpson. “Providing families and businesses with permanent tax relief is the best way to jump-start our economy and put us on the path toward long-term financial security.”

Simpson is a co-sponsor of legislation that would sunset the current complex and unfair federal tax code and replace it with a simple and fair alternative that would provide tax relief for working Americans, protect the rights of taxpayers, reduce tax collection abuses, and eliminate disincentives for savings and investment.

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