May 30, 2009

A “TEA PARTY” PROTEST IN NEVADA: Hundreds protest taxes in front of State Legislature:

Drivers passing by honked in support of signs reading, “Government is the Problem,” “I’m Mad as Hell Harry” and “Let’s Put the Taxanation Devils on a Starvation Diet.”

Shyrl Bailey of Washoe Valley said legislators need to start paying attention to the people who pay their salaries. Most politicians would rather spend taxes on new programs than consider the consequences of spending, she said.

“I just feel like I have to do something,” she said. “We wouldn’t run a house like our country’s being run. We’re borrowing, borrowing, borrowing instead of living in our means like I would do in my household and it’s wrong. It’s wrong for younger generations.”

Olavo Kluft of Reno said he is angry about new state taxes and bailouts for auto makers.

“It’s like every time I turn on the news, something new is going on,” he said. “It’s socialism creeping in — not creeping in, it’s almost a complete takeover.”

Another account here: Gov. Gibbons joins tax opponents at rally.

Several hundred anti-tax foes, including Gibbons, staged a late afternoon rally on the Capitol Mall, many of them lining Carson Street with signs bearing anti-tax and anti-Harry Reid slogans. Organized by the group Anger Is Brewing, the event was billed as a “Tax Freedom Day Tea Party.”

Gibbons and conservative Assemblymen Chad Christiansen, R-Las Vegas; John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas; Don Gustavson, R-Sparks and Ty Cobb, R-Reno, urged attendees to turn their attention to the Legislature, especially in the next election.

As I say, these things are happening all over, mostly below the national-media radar.

UPDATE: Reader Rand Keller writes:

It is remarkable that the tea parties are still going on (even on Friday afternoons in Carson City)

But what I really can’t figure out is this: Is someone (other than you) tracking these? Do we know how many parties/people are still going? Instapundit seems to be the only news source on these. I’ve looked at various sites on the web, I’ve looked at twitter, I’ve looked at FreedomWorks, PJM…I can’t find anything. For example, FreedomWorks – Nevada has news last posted in 2006!!!

I know, I know Army of Davids and all that, but still….Obama has his well organized Meetups on Healthcare in June (I bet with fewer people), are these tea parties strictly local eruptions? Locally created, locally reported?

Yeah, pretty much. Which has its pluses as well as its minuses.