Tax Day Tea Parties Protest Gov't Spending

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A new movement of Americans disgusted by high taxes is starting to form.

If you haven't heard about their Tax Day Tea Parties yet, you likely will this coming Wednesday.

Click play for more insight on how government spending could affect your taxes from Business & Media Institute's Dan Gainor.

This is a big week for those who concentrate on taxes. Wednesday is the federal tax deadline. But it is also the day an anti-tax movement plans to make its existence felt nationwide.

There will be hundreds of Tax Day Tea Parties held all over the country. CBN News asked Juliana Johnson, one of the main organizers, what she expects.

"We're looking at having about a thousand tea parties across America, and that number's growing everyday," Johnson said. "And we're going to be expecting to have 500,000 to a million people come out."

More Spending = Higher Taxes?

Their main beef is the wildly out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C. which inevitably will lead to hugely higher taxes.

They won't actually be having tea at these tea parties. That's meant to conjure up visions of the Boston Tea Party, where patriots like Sam Adams and Paul Revere tossed British tea into Boston Harbor rather than pay outrageous taxes on it.

"And they were opposing having taxation without representation, and that's how we feel today," Johnson explained.

Organizers are using new technologies and social networking to gather people for these protests, everything from Twitter to Facebook to even sending messages to Blackberries.

They are hoping the biggest protest will be Washington, D.C. outside the White House and Treasury Department.

*Originally Published April 13, 2009

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