Omaha Residents Protest Taxes by Throwing Tea
Party July 4, 2009.
Omaha, NE - Some things never change. More than 200 years ago, American colonists protested taxation from England with the Boston Tea Party.
Saturday, there's another tea party, this one protesting taxation from Omaha.
Tea'd off? People at a local tea party are and the signs they hold up prove it. "We're in a time of an economic recession and the politicians want to raise our taxes, spend more of our money, and heed more regulations which is exactly the opposite of what they should be doing to help the economy recover," said Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom Chairman, Doug Kagan.
People against government spending and a raise in taxes tell Action 3 News they're getting back to their roots. Protesting by holding a Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom Tea Party on a holiday that celebrates America's independence. "We've got way too many taxes. What we need is to say no to spending. We need to stop the spending. It is so terribly out of control," said Campaign for Liberty member, Julie Livingston.
So far, more than 1,000 people have signed a petition saying no to tax increases in Omaha. They'll be handing the petition over to the City Council August 11th when they meet to talk about the budget.
Then there's the other side. Some celebrating the holiday say they understand a need for tax increases. Some say the money goes to much needed programs that keep Omaha and even the nation successful. We ask an Omaha resident if she believes a raise in taxes makes a difference in the community. Taylor Jackson answered, "Sometimes, probably I'm indifferent though. There's not a whole lot you can do about it."
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