Friday, February 27, 2009

Jacksonville "Tea Party" Protests Federal Spending

Some Jacksonville protestors threw their own version of the Boston Tea Party.

No sight of tea bags being thrown into the St. Johns River, but protestors, along with many more from various U.S. cities, were showing their opposition to the billions being spent in the economic bailouts.

"I could solve the economy in a minute!" Ellen Shniper exclaimed. "Cut out payroll taxes, cut out the capitol gains. Do you know how many people would be hiring?"

Shniper fears the spending will drive us further in debt, and small businesses like her's won't be able to make payroll.

"We're concerned," says Janet McCormick, who helped organize the event after watching CNBC's Rick Santelli's call to protest government spending. "The spending is getting out of control. And we'd like to see more government fiscal responsibility.

McCormick says she's against the president's quick spending of billions of dollars without taxpayer input. She helped give out information at the Jacksonville Landing to encourage taxpayers to get through to our elected leaders on this issue.

Another protestor says she's in favor of some spending, because she knows someone who lost their job at a bank. But, she's opposed to how much the government is spending.

McCormick says more events like this will be hosted in the future. Visit to learn more.