There was no tea to be seen, but plenty of sympathy for the taxpayer on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn Thursday.
The third annual Tax Day Tea Party gave the community a chance to speak out against rising income tax rates, even as others were dropping their returns at the post office.
At noon, about 75 citizens assembled to cheer each salvo fired across the bow of the government in Washington.
“Welcome to the United Socialist States of America,” Event Organizer David Hill said. “I hope that makes you as mad as it makes me.”
Hill said the men and women of our nation have fought totalitarianism in many forms. He vowed to work to keep it from being passed down from our own government.
“It’s not going to happen on my watch,” Hill said. “Not in my country.”
Andy Prior, Texas Chairman for the American Independent Party, compared exploding government debt to a pond being overtaken by an unwanted plant. He said a pond half-covered by the plant on the 29th day would be completely covered on day 30. The work of the current congress is similar to that of the plant, Prior said. It will soon be too late to stop the effects that growing taxation will have on the citizen.
Prior announced the American Independent Party’s endorsement of Melissa Pehle-Hill for State Representative District 4. Pehle-Hill is currently attempting to get enough signatures to be on the ballot as an independent against Lance Gooden, who defeated incumbent Betty Brown in the March 2 Republican Primary.
Pehle-Hill told the audience that the Republican Party is not fighting for the people. She said Gooden would not serve the people of the 4th District.
“You’ll find him in Houston where he lives five days a week,” Pehle-Hill said.
Pehle-Hill called for the Texas government to seal the border with Mexico, and make drastic cuts to the budget. She said the government should end property tax, calling it unconstitutional.
Several in the crowd held signs that signified the mood of those who had come to protest. The signs sported sayings like:
• Lenin was a community organizer;
• wealth distribution — to take from those who earned it, and give it to those who didn’t;
• save our piggy bank; and
• no taxation without representation.