‘Tea party’ set here April 15Mudds & Sudds in North Hudson will be one of the Wisconsin locations participating in a Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party, from 4 to 6 p.m. April 15.
Mudds & Sudds in North Hudson will be one of the Wisconsin locations participating in a Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party, from 4 to 6 p.m. April 15. Timed to coincide with the tax filing deadline, the Tax Day Tea Party effort is a non-partisan, grassroots movement that takes its name from the famous Boston Tea Party of 1773.
The Tea Party movement has been growing nationally ever since the large federal stimulus bill was signed into law in mid-February. On Feb. 27, an estimated 30,000 Americans took to the streets in over 40 cities during the first Tea Party protest rally; nationwide, hundreds of thousands are expected to attend the April 15 rallies.
Wisconsin rallies are planned in Appleton, La Crosse, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee and Superior. North Hudson residents Stan and Mary Wekkin say they looked for a tea party closer to home and didn’t find one.
“We decided to organize one here for those who couldn’t afford to take the day off or travel too far to participate.” said Stan Wekkin. “This is our opportunity to remind the government that they work for us; we pay their salaries.”
Mary Wekkin stated she does not support spending and borrowing as a path to prosperity.
“Many of us have learned the hard way that debt catches up to you. When will our elected officials understand that?” she asked.
All area residents are welcome to attend the rally. In addition to rallies on Tax Day, thousands of tea bags have been sent to elected officials in Washington, D.C., as a sign of displeasure with overspending and over-taxing. Other nationwide tea parties for 2009 are planned for Independence Day, Labor Day and Election Day.