UPDATE: 'Tea Parties' Galvanize Anti-Tax Movement

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WASHINGTON - A new anti-tax movement known as "Tax Day Tea Parties" all across the country hoped to galvanaize many Americans who are not happy with the way the government is spending away their money.

The term "tea party" is meant to conjure up visions of the Boston Tea Party in 1773 when anti-tax rebels threw British tea into Boston harbor rather than pay high taxes on it.

One of the biggest tax day tea parties was supposed to be here in Washington, but a cold, hard rain kept the numbers down to a few thousand.

Tax Cut vs. Spending Promises

The biggest beef for folks who participated in the tea parties is taxes. With the kind of deficit spending that's going on, it's inevitable that taxes are going to have to go up.

President Obama promised that families making less than $250,000 aren't going to see their taxes go up. But analysts say there's no way he can keep that promise.

"Methinks thou doth taxeth too much," on sign said at a tea party in the nation's capi. "Robbed -- our finances, our freedom, our future," another stated. 

One young woman held a sign that said, "Bailouts plus debt equal fiscal child abuse."

As rain soaked her, lead organizer Rebecca Wales concentrated not on the weather, but what about government is driving her up the wall.

 "I can't believe there's a bill with over 9,000 earmarks that was given to our lawmakers that they weren't allowed to read," she said. "I can't believe that my children and my grandchildren are going to have to pay for this irresponsibility."

CBN News spoke to Rick Tyler, founder of Renewing American Leadership and the spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who he and other organizers hope show up at these tea parties.

"I hope all Americans who are concerned about paying too much and sacrificing the family budget for the federal budget and people who believe the government is too big, spends too much money and encroaches too much on our liberties," he said.

Conservative 'Red Meat'

All these issues are red meat for economic conservatives. But there are those -- like Tyler -- who say that social conservatives and people of faith also need to be worried about these issues.

"What we want people of faith to realize is fiscal issues affect their religious liberties," Tyler told CBN News. "All through history, ever-expanding government has always encroached on religious liberty. We're already seeing that with this administration.

"And I think people coming out, families coming out and people of faith showing 'Look, the family has priority over the federal budget and there's a lot of things we can forego in the interim to make sure the family stays and remains healthy,'" he added.

Obama's Call for 'Fairness'

While the President is well aware of the spending criticism, he is sticking with the philosophy that major government intervention and money is needed right now in these troubled economic times.

In a speech at Georgetown, Tuesday, Obama even invoked Jesus's Sermon on the Mount parable to make his point.

"We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand," Obama said. "We must build our house upon a rock."

The President spent part of tax day at the White House talking about restoring fairness to the tax code.

But tea party participants see words like 'fairness' from the President as code for redistributing wealth.

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