Tax day brings out Tahoe protesters
April 15, 2009
A national movement to protest against government waste and taxes will culminate in Sacramento and Carson City on Wednesday, with a number of Tahoe residents participating.
Held on the deadline for paying federal taxes, organizers are calling Wednesday’s event the Tax Day TEA Party, TEA being an acronym for Taxed Enough Already.
The Sacramento event will be broadcast live on Fox News Channel and will be hosted by political commentator Neil Cavuto, according to the Web site sacteaparty.com.
Jerida Vochatzer of South Lake Tahoe plans to attend the Sacramento event, saying high taxes should concern everyone.
“This is about ‘we the people’ not ‘we the government,'” she said. “We need to uphold the Constitution our founding fathers gave to us.
“I am madder than hell about these bail outs, these bonuses. It is time for new representatives because the ones now, the Washington elite, don’t represent us.”
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The Sacramento Tea Party, which calls itself a “spontaneous, non-partisan citizens group” is dedicated to bringing attention to the fiscal irresponsibility of the state and federal governments of the United States, according to the Web site.
“We intend to protest government bailouts, stimulus, increased taxation and government pork in all its forms,” the Web site states.
The rally will be held in downtown Sacramento on the west steps of the state Capitol beginning at noon.
Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, will speak during the Wednesday rally at 12:30 p.m.
The Sacramento tea party is expected to be one of the largest taxpayer rallies in the nation.
Tahoe tax protesters can also take part in the Carson City event, which will be held at 10 a.m. in front of the Capitol and Legislature.
Maryanne Ingemanson and Les Barta, president and board member, respectively, of the Village League to Save Incline Assets, the Incline group of nonprofit tax revolters, were invited to speak at the annual event.
“I think (we were) invited to draw a comparison between the Boston Tea Party, which signaled the start of the American revolution, and the Tahoe Tea Party, which signaled the beginning of a battle against unconstitutional property taxes,” Ingemanson told the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza.
Ingemanson likened the Boston Tea Party to the “Tahoe Tea Party,” which held its inaugural protest in throw-back garb in July 2003 at Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline Village. Ingemanson and Barta again will don 18th century outfits Wednesday.
“Both were grassroots organizations which became very, very successful,” she said. “The (Incline tax revolt) was originally a group of 20 and now is 9,000, and the Boston Tea Party started with a few people and now has an entire country behind it.”
Dorothy Peterson of Douglas County said the TEA movement goes beyond politics because it affects all taxpayers.
“It’s nonpartisan, not supposed to be Democrat against Republican or anything like that,” Peterson told the Nevada Appeal. “It’s just citizens who are tired of being taxed irresponsibly.”
Vochatzer agrees with Peterson, adding that it is unfair to put more taxes on citizens when jobs are disappearing overseas.
“For too long, the American people are not being heard. Sure Obama gives us a $1,000 tax break, but Arnold takes away $800 of that, so what do we gain?” she asked.