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Hundreds Gather All Across US for Tax Day Tea Parties

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RICHLAND, Wash.--  Hundreds of people were at a "Tax Day Tea Party" at John Dam Plaza in
Richland on Wednesday.

The protesters picked April 15th, tax day, to share their frustrations with the government.  The "Tax Day Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party back in 1773, when colonists first protested taxes.  TEA also stands for Taxed Enough Already.

Most of the demonstrators want to reduce government spending and are disappointed with U.S. lawmakers.  One protestor explained, "A lot of us are here to protest about the taxes and other things that are going wrong with the nation."  A Prosser resident says, "We pay a lot of taxes.  I don't feel we're being represented- locally, state, or USA.  I'm a veteran."  Another woman says, "We need to reign in big government and reduce our taxes."

In all, roughly 250 cities across the country held the Tea Party Rallies.  The message was the same, protesters saying that stimulus-money spending is spiraling out of control and hope the tea party will inspire people to contact leaders in the Nation's Capitol.  The tax day tea party is being billed as a national grass roots movement designed to oppose big government spending and higher taxes.

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