Hundreds gathered today in the shadow of the state capitol building to protest the Obama administration’s fiscal and budget policies. The Nashville Tea Party was one of nearly fifty such rallies that took place around the nation.
Speaking to the crowd, Ben Cunningham of Tennessee Tax Revolt listed complaints against the bank bailout and the stimulus package. He called the president’s budget proposal a “fairy tale” that would create “trillion dollar deficits for as far as you can see.”
Cunningham compared today’s gathering to the horn honking protests against a proposed state income tax six years ago.
“Whether you like it or not, we’re back. You are abusing your power and we are here to hold you accountable for that abuse!” (crowd cheers)
The rally drew an estimated 600, many waving homemade signs and “Don’t Tread On Me” flags.
Paul Baumgartner is a young Army veteran, recently laid off from his job at Dell and going to school at Nashville State. He says he’s not sure what a fair tax system would look like, or even who has the right plan, but he feels strongly that the president’s proposals don’t fit the bill.
“I wanna live freely, I wanna be left alone by the government, and I don’t know — I don’t know where everybody stands at yet but I’m gonna do my research and find out.”
The event was thrown together very quickly just this week. Organizers say there are plans to hold larger rallies in the near future.