Another TEA party brewing in Aiken

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We are going to hold a Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party in the Alley in downtown Aiken on April 25 from 1 to 5 p.m.

It will be an exciting event with plenty of speakers, including all congressional District 3 candidates -- state Rep. Rex Rice, who is vice-chairman of the State House Ways and Means Committee; state Rep. Jeff Duncan; state Sen. Shane Massey; Dr. Mike Vasovski; and Stuart Carpenter. We also will have South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, state Sen. Greg Ryberg and fellow Aiken County state representatives speakin.

Members from the Aiken County Council, such as Scott Singer, also will speak. Aiken City Councilman Don Wells and candidate for City Council Kent Cubbage will speak. We have radio personality Cleve Walker as emcee for the event. Other speakers will be from the South Carolina Policy Council and the Aiken County Taxpayers Association.

CSRA radio talk show hosts Helen Blocker-Adams and Tony Powers will speak at the tea party. We also are excited to have Augusta Chronicle Editorial Page Editor and author Michael Ryan speaking. There also will be music and other entertainment throughout the event.

It is obvious by the response to the Tax Day tea parties across the country that people are fed up with government interfering in their lives. These tea parties are giving us a voice and, hopefully, getting the attention of our elected officials. It is time for some real grassroots efforts from right here in Aiken County. We cannot let this be the end; it must be the beginning.

So join us for an old-fashioned rally in the Alley, and bring your homemade sign (there will be a gift card from Papa Russ' BBQ) and a folding chair, because you won't want to miss a single minute.

It is a nonpartisan event, and NewsRadio WNRR-AM (1230) is the official radio sponsor of the Aiken tea party. They will be streaming the tea party live on the air.

Colen Lindell

Aiken, S.C.

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GGpap
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GGpap 04/24/09 - 01:54 am
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Celebrities, speakers and

Celebrities, speakers and gift cards. LOL! The article says it all. If the CAUSE is that important to the masses, none of the enticements (especially the gift cards) would be necessary to draw the truly faithful to a protest site. Compare the attendance % at the Hannity, Beck, Gingrich, etal appearances at the first to Tea Party to those that had no major personalities, you'll understand what I am saying. GGpap

wcr250
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wcr250 04/24/09 - 03:45 am
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GGpap I bet you have your

GGpap I bet you have your hand out for all the free stuff Obama will give you at a working persons expense. Liberal please move to cuba or china.

augispos
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augispos 04/24/09 - 06:54 am
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Retired Army, don't let him

Retired Army, don't let him get to you; I'm sure wcr250 is just upset and confused because his taxes probably went down even though there's an evil liberal in office.

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EMAGUY 04/24/09 - 07:48 am
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I'm a little upset with our

I'm a little upset with our country' fiscal policy and may attend the Aiken event; however, I'm put off by the focus placed on elected representatives for this event. Elected officials are the cause of many of our problems. If an elected official wants to attend, I say, "Great!". Then again, the elected officials should come to LISTEN, not speak, at events such as these. Also, I agree with GGpap's notice of the lower attendance figures for prevents tax events where public officials were highlighted. Just my opinion....

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 04/24/09 - 08:46 am
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where was the TEA PARTY

where was the TEA PARTY during the 8yrs of "W's" administration when he signed into law every major spending bill that was put in from of him including the prescription drug bill which turned out to cost approx 3 times more than originally projected, in addition to the 8yrs saw the largest expansion of government since johnson's war on poverty. it was under the bush administration the department of homeland security was born which is not as effective as originally told to the population.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 04/24/09 - 10:02 am
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If we really wanted to make a

If we really wanted to make a difference, we should truly be non-partisan and vote out anyone with an "R" or "D" in front of their name. Then again if we voted in independents term limits would be needed to keep big business from corrupting them as well.

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patriciathomas 04/24/09 - 10:34 am
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jisomijr, that question has

jisomijr, that question has been asked and answered several times in the past two days. Do you think repeating it makes you look analytical? CNN will catch up soon, then you can have another bright comment to make.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 04/24/09 - 10:53 am
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hey pat, then how about this

hey pat, then how about this one....under the bus administration the debt ceiling was raised twice...i hope you know what that is, it not the ceiling in the whitehouse, or how about another one for you....under the bush administration china demanded that we give them a better rate on our debt that they are purchasing from use, they threatened to resell our debt on the secondary market which (if you knew anything about finance) would destablize the entire bond market so we capitulated and gave them a higher intrest rate on our debt they are holding...by the way i watch fox news

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