Lorie Byrd
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On Wednesday, April 15, thousands of people are expected in all 50 states to join together for over 500 “tea party” protests.  Those attending the tea parties will be standing in opposition to rising taxes, more government control over private enterprise and less individual liberty.  If you agree with any of the following, you might want to join the party on April 15 to let your voice be heard.

1.You don’t mind paying reasonable taxes, but you don’t believe your wealth should be “spread around” in the manner Congress and the President are proposing.  

Why are tea parties being held on April 15?  John Hood wrote at Carolina Journal Online:  “Informed taxpayers know that it doesn’t really matter which way the payments flow on April 15. If we ‘get’ a ‘refund,’ we understand that it only signifies the government’s power to compel us to lend it our money at zero interest. If we send in a check, we understand that it is only on top of a much-larger sum we’ve already paid…It’s not that we believe there should be no taxes. Government is a necessary institution for the preservation of our liberty. By its very nature, government is compulsory and will tax us. But the taxing power should be used only according to constitutional principles, to fund the limited, constitutional functions that private individuals and voluntary associations cannot do for themselves.”

2. You believed Democrats when they spent the past eight years criticizing President Bush for deficit spending, and you are upset that in just over three months President Obama, along with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, have tripled the deficit.

3. You believe the “Stimulus” bill contained too much pork and not enough stimulus.  You believed candidate Obama when he promised to reduce earmarks and reform the earmark process, then were outraged when he signed a bill containing thousands of earmarks.

4. You oppose the current bailout mentality and oppose the bailouts, both past and future.  You not only fear the amount of debt funding the bailouts adds to your children and grandchildren, but fear the exercise of control the government is exerting over those it “bails out.” 

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Lorie Byrd

Lorie Byrd is a Townhall.com columnist and blogs at Wizbang and at LorieByrd.com.

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