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Hundreds Attend Tea Party Protest in Salem at Oregon Capitol (VIDEO)Tim King Salem-News.com
The event used both sides of Court Street in front of the capitol building.
(SALEM, Ore.) - A protest event held across the nation today called the Tea Party is named after the event from the Revolutionary War period, it was a show of will against policies the Obama Administration is bringing forth to revive the economy.
The bottom line, is that the tax breaks under President Bush that benefited the wealthiest Americans, are going back to the way they were in previous years. Most people attending the tea party share the opinion that Obama does not have a good strategy.
I asked Salem resident Darrell Britton, who was attending the event, to explain what message he hopes the Tea Party leaves people with.
"I would hope that it would wake up some of our state representatives and state senators to: we're taxed way too much and the money is frequently wasted"
Britton said he was pleasantly surprised at the sizable turnout.
A young man attending the event put it this way, "We can't be spending trillions of dollars and have no way to pay for it."
Some attending the event didn't want to talk on camera, and that's always fine. I made it a point to get as many people's views as I could.
Tea partiers like Oregon resident Bob Darling, discussed how the event brought out many people who don't normally get involved in the political process.
"The message that there's a lot of us out here who haven't spoken up before."
Darling said that he wasn't particularly surprised by the large turnout.
Several hundred attended the Tea Party in Salem today. The assembly saw many creative signs and approaches for those who object to current economic policies. As part of the same Democratic process that allows peace and immigration rallies to take place, this more unusual crowd of protesters certainly had their day, and were able to express their views openly and freely.
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