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Scene and Herd at Nevada Tea Parties

Some quotes and media accounts of yesterday’s wildly successful Tax Day Tea Parties held in Las Vegas and Carson City…

NEVADA JOINS NATIONWIDE MOVEMENT

“Thousands of people, many waving hand-painted signs and American flags, held tax day ‘tea parties’ Wednesday in Las Vegas and Carson City as part of a nationwide movement to protest what they consider excessive government spending. At Sunset Park (in Las Vegas), an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 people gathered to hear speakers and express their views. Demonstrators along Eastern Avenue and Sunset Road attracted a stream of honks from passing traffic throughout the afternoon.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/16/09

BIG!

“…In Carson City, an angry crowd of 2,000 demanded that legislators not increase taxes…in a protest outside the Legislative Building. Legislative police and Carson City sheriff’s deputies said the gathering was the largest they had seen in more than 30 years in the state capital.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/16/09

“Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Sparks…said (the Carson City tea party) was the largest protest he has seen in his 16 years in Carson City. Estimates ranged from 2,000 to 3,000 people.”

Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/16/09

ORGANICALLY GROWN

“More than 1,500 people waved signs, tea bags and American flags in front of the Legislature (in Carson City) on Wednesday as part of the national Tax Day Tea Party to protest what they said was reckless federal government spending. . . . Organizers said the movement developed organically through online social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and through exposure on Fox News.”

Nevada Appeal, 4/16/09

CONSERVATIVES ON THE RIGHT UNITE

“(P)rotesters who attended a modern-day TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party at Sunset Park on Wednesday afternoon hope their actions in protesting high taxation, increased government spending embodied in the federal stimulus package and all things Obama will carry a similar message. Metro Police estimated the crowd at between 1,500 and 2,000 people and said there were no problems at the event, which was one of dozens held nationwide. Clark County Republican Party Executive Director Susane Crawford organized the event at Sunset Park. Speakers included officials of the Libertarian and Independent American Parties.”

Las Vegas Sun, 4/16/09

MADE IN AMERICA

“This isn’t a Republican event, this isn’t a Democratic event. This is an American event.”

– Las Vegas conservative talk-show host Casey Hendrickson, speaking at the Las Vegas Tea Party

WE’VE ALL HAD ENOUGH

“Americans from both (major) political parties turned out on Wednesday. From reports I received, some speakers were booed if they got too partisan. The point? The point is that we’ve seen both Republicans and Democrats turn their back on the American people. Spending, spending, spending, and taxes, taxes, taxes. It is too much, and we’ve all had enough.”

– Bobby Eberle, editor and publisher of GOPUSA.com, 4/16/09

CLUELESS IN THE LEGISLATURE

“We don’t need to be raising taxes. A lot of people (in the Nevada Legislature) don’t get that.”

– Assemblyman Ty Cobb (R-Reno) at the Carson City Tea Party, warning that legislators are right now scheming to raise taxes before the 2009 session ends

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

“There’s a lot of people who don’t want all this spending. There’s a lot of people who don’t think (the politicians are) listening.”

– Carson City Tea Party participant Cathie Collier, Nevada Appeal, 4/16/09

TEA’D OFF

“Like you, I am here not only because I’m tea’d off, but I’m fed up. We are all fed up of Washington, D.C., forgetting about we the people. We the people are still in charge of this country, and we have to keep it that way.”

– Atlanta conservative talk-show host Herman Cain at the Las Vegas Tea Party, 4/15/09

SICK AND TIRED

“We are all Americans out here. We’re sick and tired of government taking all our money.”

– Carson City Tea Party participant Trish Wardlow, Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/16/09

STOP DIGGING

“I learned long ago that when you find yourself in a hole, you should stop digging. Unfortunately, those we elected have not figured that out yet. They just think spending is going to get us out of this problem.”

– Las Vegas Tea Party participant Jennean Scacco, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/16/09

GOVERNMENT DOESN’T KNOW BEST

“I came out here because what I see on the news is horrifying. While everybody in Nevada has had to tighten their belts, the government doesn’t seem to slow down at all. They seem to be increasing and telling us they know what is best for us.”

– Carson City Tea Party participant Gia Gallegos, Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/16/09

WITHOUT OUR CONSENT

“I see our liberties being slowly eroded away, day by day. Each event that happens every day in this administration is another deterrent to the founding fathers, to our Constitution. What we have believed in, what we have grown up with, is being changed without our consent.”

– Las Vegas Tea Party participant Carol Collins, Las Vegas Sun, 4/16/09

REAL, GROWING AND POWERFUL

“Yesterday’s gatherings were made up of people who may never meet again. But the concerns driving people to tea parties are real, growing and powerful. Politicians ignore them at their peril. One concern is the rise of state and local taxes. New York and California passed multibillion-dollar tax increases this year. Other states are considering significant tax hikes or have enacted tax increases in recent years.

“The many tax and fee increases enacted or under consideration is angering voters. If that anger persists, it may give Republicans a leg up in the 38 gubernatorial elections over the next two years, as well as in key state legislative races that will determine which party redraws congressional and state legislative districts after the 2010 census.”

– Political strategist Karl Rove in today’s Wall Street Journal

THE PROVERBIAL TURD IN THE PUNCHBOWL

“There are some people who are anti-tax all of the time. But I would point out those same people drove down here on roads paid for by tax dollars. Fox News used this as a prop to promote their own TV station. That’s not the same impact as a true grass roots rally.”

– Socialist Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie (D-Reno) pooh-poohing the Tax Day Tea Party rallies, Reno Gazette-Journal, 4/16/09

TEA PARTY VIDEO

If you want to see a terrific five-minute video produced by Joseph Tatner, a Las Vegas volunteer, with highlights of the speakers at the Las Vegas tea party “picnic” at Sunset Park, click HERE to get to Joseph’s website, and then click on the “Las Vegas TEA Party link.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“The modern-day Paul Reveres have had enough…. People have been venting their frustration since the global economy began its meltdown. Citizens are angry watching the government spend billions and billions of dollars with no constraints in place, while they must juggle household budgets and income and wonder if they’ll have a job the following day.”

Lahontan Valley News editorial, 4/15/09