Tax Day Tea Party Vows 'Change' in November

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WASHINGTON -- Using Tax Day as their theme, thousands of Tea Party activists took their motto of "taxed enough already" to communities across the nation Thursday with the biggest rally taking place in the nation's capital.

The Tea Party Express rolled into Washington, D.C., after a tour across America launched in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hometown in Nevada.

Washington 'Out of Touch'

Activists say the government is too big, taxes are too high and Washington lawmakers are out of touch.

"We're in debt as a country and we're just getting more in debt each day we need to do something about it," Pennsylvania resident Jeannette Dilouie said.

Many Tea Party supporters are new to political activism. Former Saturday Night Live comedian Victoria Jackson said she's one of those who felt compelled to get out and do something.

"It's better than sitting at home and crying," Jackson said. "We've got to fight for freedom, because freedom isn't free."

Activists plan to be a force to be reckoned with come November's mid-term elections.

They're taking advantage of rallies like the one in Washington, D.C., to collect names and e-mail addresses from activists in every state - part of their strategy to get out the vote for conservative candidates across the nation.

"I'm just tired of the sewage coming out of Congress," Michigan resident Jim Burgess said.

Burgess was one of thousands carrying homemade signs that have become a trademark of the movement, most of which complain about taxes.

Obama 'Amused'

Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Miami on Thursday, President Obama fired back, saying he's cut taxes and kept his promises to the middle class.

"And so I've been a little amused over the past couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes, taxes," Obama said. "You would think they'd be saying, 'Thank you!'"

Some Tea Party opponents have even accused supporters of being racist - a charge activists and organizers have denied.

"I think there's an occasional idiot in every group that acts foolishly but, look at every body out there it's very peaceful and very patriotic and just care about their government. Nothing about anti-anything other than anti-government," Tea Party activist Chris Schrodder said.

In November, Tea Partiers say they'll put a new government in place.


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