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Two Middlesex protests over federal spending

Hundreds of protests against government spending are planned across the country on Tax Day, April 15—including two in Middlesex County.

One protest will be at the Urbanna Town Marina at noon, and the other at the Historic Middlesex Courthouse in Saluda from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In Urbanna

Local author Mary Wakefield Buxton will meet with friends, neighbors and others at noon on Wednesday, April 15, at Urbanna Town Marina at the end of Virginia Street to  “throw a few tea leaves in Urbanna Creek.”

Buxton said the event  is planned on Tax Day (April 15) as a non-partisan plea to the U.S. Congress to “stop, consider and think” about the trillion dollar debt it is leaving  for future generations to pay, before it votes to spend any more money on federal programs.

“I can’t help but wonder if it is not unconstitutional (it  certainly strikes me as both immoral and selfish) for one generation to  thoughtlessly lay huge debts on future generations,” said Buxton. “Many of our young and unborn cannot even vote to protect themselves from these debts.

“Those who wish to participate are invited to  bring, dangle  and even wear teabags on hats or shoes or as jewelry,” said Buxton.

Buxton cautioned participants not to throw teabags in Urbanna Creek, but only break open a tea bag and drop a few tiny leaves in the creek. “This act is symbolic more than anything, and a way to exercise our great American right to express opinion and protest.” 

In Saluda

A non-partisan protest over the current state of the economy, the bailouts, the earmarks, possible taxes on energy use, and the government firing of heads of private enterprise will take place in front of the Historic Courthouse in Saluda from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.  

“This is not meant to be a partisan effort,” said protest organizers Garland and Kelly Lowe of Revis. “All parties involved in running our country have had their part in creating this mess and are putting our solvency, and therefore our sovereignty, in jeopardy. They are putting not just our grandchildren into debt, but generation upon generation of children and grandchildren into debt.”

All are invited to participate in this peaceful protest and to display signs expressing personal opinions, said the Lowes.

On this same day, The Great American Tea Party protest against government spending will occur across the country. Visit taxdayteaparty.com on the web for more information.

In Gloucester

Citizens in Gloucester, Mathews, and Middlesex are organizing a “Tea Party” rally in front of the Historic Gloucester Courthouse on Main Street on  April 15 from noon to 2 p.m. The purpose of the protest is to let government representatives know “we are taxed enough already,” said event organizers. 

Speakers will include Delegate Harvey Morgan, and Chuck Davis, the husband of the late First District Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis.

For more information, contact David Willman at 804-815-2496.

posted 04.08.2009

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