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Upset taxpayers get ready for Rockford Tea Party

David Hale helped organize the Rockford Tea Party. David Hale helped organize the Rockford Tea Party.

By Samantha Ptashkin

ROCKFORD (WREX)- Call them protestors, call them modern day tea partiers, some local people are ticked off about taxes and they're part of a whole new political movement.

Taxes are due in just a few days and some protestors in Rockford gear up to show their disgust with government spending. The protest is called the Rockford Tea Party and as you might have guessed, the ralliers share a similar spirit to the Sons of Liberty who led the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

Modern day tea partiers like David Hale, who organized the Rockford Tea Party, argue taxpayers are paying the price for mistakes made in Washington. "We object to the government's confiscatory, outrageous and abusive tax system and outrageous abusive spending," Hale said.

The national Tea Party Movement took off shortly after President Obama took office. It finds inspiration from historical slogans like no taxation without representation. "Right now we feel like we're not being represented. We don't have an equal and fair tax code system in America right now," Hale said. 

Some tax payers say the idea is ludicrous. "If you have good people running the government I'm willing to pay more taxes so that our parents can be taken care of, so that our children can go to decent schools," Taxpayer Bob Soltau said.

But with 2,000 rallies nationwide, the movement's not just about money. It's giving people a reason to engage in politics. "To lower our taxes I'll do anything," Taxpayer Joana Williams said.

"I think people are paying attention, but mainly this is a voice for people who don't have a voice right now," Hale said.

The Rockford Tea Party will be held April 14 at 1p.m. behind the Rockford Public Library main branch. For more information you can visit the group's website at:

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