Tea Party members pledge to take back control of government

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 1:16 PM
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A crowd gathers at the Augusta Common to welcome the Tea Party Express II tour bus, an organization that criticizes President Obama, health care reform and government bailouts, on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. The event featured speakers and entertainment  Jackie Ricciardi/staff
Jackie Ricciardi/staff
A crowd gathers at the Augusta Common to welcome the Tea Party Express II tour bus, an organization that criticizes President Obama, health care reform and government bailouts, on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. The event featured speakers and entertainment

Highlights from the Tea Party event.

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Several hundred people gathered today in Augusta Common to protest government policies and pledge to take back Congress from Democratic control in 2010 as the Tea Party Express II bus tour rolled through town.

Signs dotting the green and speeches spoke out against taxes, proposed health care reform and government bailouts.

“I do not believe in all the government intrusion that’s taking place now,” said Patrick Tolton, 64, of Aiken. He added the next generation of Americans was being handed a boatload of debt and bad government policies.

Speakers urged the crowd against complacency and to work in their communities to elect new leadership during next year’s Congressional elections.

The bus tour was part of a nationwide blitz that began Oct. 25 in San Diego and ends Thursday in Orlando. The bus made a stop in Atlanta on Monday night and has appearances scheduled for today in Beaufort, S.C., and Brunswick, Ga.

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Photo Gallery: See photos from Tea Party Express II.

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grinder48
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grinder48 11/10/09 - 02:40 pm
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Go Tea Party Go !!!
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Go Tea Party Go !!!

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/10/09 - 02:45 pm
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Yes, all the people that want

Yes, all the people that want the government hand outs were there. They don't want the social security or Medicare to change. Meanwhile the workers keep paying for it. I for one know I will never see what I put in. There needs to be a fair-tax type system in place that everyone that purchases products contributes not just the worker. Believe me I'm saving up so by the time I'm 50 I will retire and be the first in line for my EBT card and subsidized housing voucher.

noils
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noils 11/10/09 - 02:45 pm
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It was more like a few dozen

It was more like a few dozen retired teabaggers who attended a rally on property owned by the government. How many of those seniors would be willing to give up their Social Security and Medicare to help lower all of our tax bills? As the Federal and state governments are by far the largest employers in the CSRA I'll bet many of those seniors are also getting government pension checks every month.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/09 - 02:55 pm
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Let's see....Medicare is out

Let's see....Medicare is out of money...Social Security will be in a few years. The dollar is approaching 3rd world status. No matter if the people paid into the system. It looks like we would all be better off keeping our money and paying our own way in retirement.....and also for our health care.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/10/09 - 03:21 pm
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GOGOGO! Great event!

GOGOGO! Great event!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/09 - 03:24 pm
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If I hadn't been working

If I hadn't been working today and if the hurricane hadn't hit our area I would have been there. I'm sure many others would have, also.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/10/09 - 03:26 pm
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Would be ideal riverman but

Would be ideal riverman but will never happen because there are alot of people out there at feel the government owes it to them. If there were a government purchase tax even the rich would have to pay their share. Not to mention the illegal Americans. If you have ever noticed most mega yachts are registered in Deleware because there is no sales tax. Let's see on 20 million dollar yacht would contribute 400k with only a 2 cent national sales tax. That could help pay for the full medical care the prisoners in jail now get.

106834022
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106834022 11/10/09 - 03:28 pm
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I wish i had the time to

I wish i had the time to attend one of these tea parties... But i'm to busy working to pay my taxes ,,, taxes......taxes.....taxes.....taxes.......

sjgraci
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sjgraci 11/10/09 - 03:28 pm
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Nice wife beater. All I see

Nice wife beater. All I see is a bunch of angry old white rascists living off of "Socialist" programs Medicare and Social Security and two token black nuts one of whom is living off of a tax payer funded federal pension. Typical Teabagger Hypocrites. Do these nutcases actually think there is any broad appeal of this over the top cornball lunacy with moderates? Keep it up nutcases; the country can use a few more NY-23s.

Notreally
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Notreally 11/10/09 - 03:42 pm
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lol sigraci OMG nutcases...

lol sigraci OMG nutcases... these people are LOONS.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 11/10/09 - 03:42 pm
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It was a wonderful gathering

It was a wonderful gathering by concerned Americans, and The SEIU didn't attack any old people this time thanks to the fine work of the Police. (They wouldn't come around, because they were afraid of being recognized by law enforcement and being arrested on outstanding warrants.)lol

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/09 - 03:46 pm
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Sig, really, the whole

Sig, really, the whole problem is others trying to take from those who worked hard and saved. Not only is there faulty thinking with NeoMaos who believe they deserve other people's belongings, there is a self-imposed hopelessness on their behalf that they can function in a free, capitlalist America.

Notreally
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Notreally 11/10/09 - 03:49 pm
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LOL @ SEIU didn't attack any

LOL @ SEIU didn't attack any old people, OMG nutcases. I guess Obama's at fault for the shooting last week right...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/09 - 03:53 pm
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Notreally, huh?

Notreally, huh?

Notreally
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Notreally 11/10/09 - 03:55 pm
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If you really look at this

If you really look at this pic you will see a bunch of old people past 40 who was raised in segregation, and hates the fact Obama is president using the cover of being a [filtered word]. TAKE A GOOD LOOK. Think about it...

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 11/10/09 - 04:00 pm
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"[filtered word]s" - most don't

"[filtered word]s" - most don't even know the origin of the term. Definitely an ID-10-T problem.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/10/09 - 04:05 pm
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Most are overweight too 3M.

Most are overweight too 3M. That costs us taxpayers more for Medicare.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/10/09 - 04:10 pm
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again what is the problem

again what is the problem with you all attacking the motives etc of these protesters. a lot of them probably fought in wars to insure the freedoms you enjoy and that includes the freedom of being rude and boorish. these are mon and dads all taxpayers and they have the right to assembly. you are the same people who appluad the sisterhood of indulgence doing lude acts in public at parades in san fran as diversity. you are the same people who proclaim all beliefs are valid. but you are short minded and intolerant of people who are not in agreement with you. if its alright for your screw balls to assemble then it is alright for ordinary real people with real concerns to assemble. so get over your self importance and boorish ways and act civil.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/10/09 - 04:17 pm
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I know how you guys feel, but

I know how you guys feel, but are we going to reduce all political disagreements to personal matters complaining about age, weight or race?. Everyone is not into ageism or racism.

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avesposito 11/10/09 - 04:33 pm
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Looks like a pretty diverse

Looks like a pretty diverse group to me. I mean, some people have golf umbrellas and others have extra-large golf umbrellas.

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alleycat 11/10/09 - 04:45 pm
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You can't expect the obama

You can't expect the obama cult to understand they are brain & race washed. Those so call old people are tax payers been taxpayers when you were probably still crapping your diapers. They are the ones that paid in the Social Security and medicare. Its the now generations the lazy obama cult thats breaking us. Most of the cult voters are the lazy arz people getting the hand outs. You're just jealous and sick that some folks are sick of his lies and they are going to fight back. Cry call us racist we don't care ! Just watch us . This is my country ! No man black white or green is going to take my rights from me or have power over me.
Obama is not the messiah as he wants you all to believe .
He is here for one reason to destroy our Great Country ! Which by the way he is doing a great job.
I have no plans on allowing obama militant's to come into my home force curfews or anything else that Communists do. This is the USA .It will stay the USA . Not USSA ! You can Cry , moan, cry racist , call people old folks all you want we are not going away and NO body is going to take our rights away.

alleycat
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alleycat 11/10/09 - 04:58 pm
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Property owned by the

Property owned by the goverment huh ? The old folks you be talking about are the taxpayers that paid for that property .Without taxpayer money there would be nothing ! We have goverment officals that want to be rulers . Our hard working taxpayers are being made to support and feed the lazy . I'm for no more property tax .Up the sales tax and make everyone pay. Its the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard thinking someone should share their money with people that don't work.
I also believe anyone that could not or would not feed the first child yet goes on to have a second or third should be arrested and serve prison time for child abuse. Forcing the taxpayers to pay. The only way taxpayers should pay is if the child is taken from the home to never return. Rewarding the sorry isn't working and should be a crime.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/10/09 - 05:02 pm
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You forgot to mention NO body

You forgot to mention NO body taking your Medicare and Social Secrity away either allycat. I guess it's a little hard for you to understand those programs are not going to last much longer unless something is done. A curfew may not be a bad idea with all the crime going on in this city. Most are FAT, watch the video. More like UOSA, The United Obese State of America.

philldinkens
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philldinkens 11/10/09 - 05:03 pm
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Vote all the bums, dems and

Vote all the bums, dems and repugs out in 10 and 12. Let's start with a clean slate of people who know they can go to if they don't represent the majority will of the people!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/10/09 - 05:28 pm
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"Several hundred people".

"Several hundred people". I'll be waiting for them to take control back of the government. I guess the part about the majority rules in a democracy slipped their minds.

alleycat
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alleycat 11/10/09 - 05:30 pm
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Yes many are fat ``Yep but

Yes many are fat ``Yep but these hard working taxpayers aren't as fat as the ones they are being forced to feed every month. The ones that fill the buggies full of all that free food . Those so called fat people are the ones that are feeding all the losers. So what they worked pay taxes and as they get older gain weight. Whats that have to do with anything ? They are the ones that worked and the ones the goverment is abusing. Thats it right there.See all the judging folks calling them old and fat? Thats just how the so call obama care will be. They will be denied medical treatment and the right to live because the goverment thinks the same. The ones calling them this are I'm sure the obama cult supporters.The goverment has taxed them into old age and will want too get rid of them when they can no longer pay taxes. Yet the people that never paid taxes the people that can't feed their family yet keep having more kids well the goverment wants the younger generation of hard workers to keep supporting them.

noils
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noils 11/10/09 - 05:32 pm
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Apparently the Teabaggers are

Apparently the Teabaggers are suffering from memory loss when it comes to government spending and fiscal responsibility. It was under Reagan and the Bush42 that the national debt got so high that it was larger than that of all previous administrations combined. With a Republican Congress kicking and screaming every inch of the way Bill Clinton was able to hand-off a budget surplus to George Bush and a Republican Congress. Eight years later President Obama inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression, two wars and another record national debt that had doubled under Bush43. After less than a year in office the President has the deficit on the decline while a 3rd quarter positive GDP indicates that we are out of the recession. The stock market is booming. Now the Teabaggers are screaming about jobs. In February the unemployment rate will start going down. What will they say after Obama has completely cleaned up the mess Bush left him? I know...Reagan made this recovery possible. lol

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 11/10/09 - 05:44 pm
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Like I said alley cat If you

Like I said alley cat If you cant beat em join em. Like my 1:45 post said I plan to retire and be the first in line for my EBT card and subsidized housing voucher. The only difference will be I saved for my retirement.

alleycat
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alleycat 11/10/09 - 05:48 pm
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Well it happens that many had

Well it happens that many had school and jobs they had to go to today corgimom .They were here at 10:30 am . I'm sure cities that had the evening Tea Parties had more folks attend. Also not everyone is so outgoing. Doesn't mean they will allow the country to be taken over by a man that wants to rule and control our country. They will be there to vote . This man you think is messiah will be your worst nightmare.lol
Just watch corgi just watch and see what the old folks and others can do. Theres going to be a change alright but not the one the messiah cult wanted. I will say no more. Y'all just stay tuned... Go Fox keep us informed....... Oh and fox ain't going anywhere either. What communists nerve to try to control the news one sided. Scared is what it is obama doesn't want anyone to hear the truth.

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dashiel 11/10/09 - 05:53 pm
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It's at times like this that

It's at times like this that I like to recall that we will all be dead soon. And then the earth will be struck by a rogue asteroid, or eaten by a giant space goat, and all life will be extinguished, after which the sun will explode and burn up the remains. Y'all have a nice day now, y'hear?

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