Tax day: It’s time for Coalville tea party
April 17, 2009
Seventeen-year-old Jordan Ercanbrack used her cell phone Wednesday to contact the White House at a tea party demonstration at Coalville City Hall.
"I’m going to say that we’re protesting in Coalville, Utah," Ercanbrack said holding the wireless to her ear. "I’m on hold."
She joined fellow students and adults from both sides of Summit County to demonstrate at noon.
April 15 was tax day and hundreds of cities hosted protests in the spirit of the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when patriots dressed as Indians protested unfair taxation by dumping tea into the harbor.
"It’s stupid. They tax minors," North Summit High School student Gage Carlsen said about income tax he paid this year. "I got taxed $250."
Coalville high-schooler Whytne Foust said she received extra credit in her history class for attending the demonstration.
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"I came to see what this is and how our taxes are being spent," Foust said.
Coalville resident Colleen Schulte said she organized the protest to stand up against wasteful spending by politicians. She fears recent federal spending will burden her children and grandchildren with taxes.
"It’s not a Republican or a Democrat issue," Schulte said in an interview at the tea party. "If we keep pointing fingers back and forth, we’re never going to fix the problem."
The problem is reckless spending by Congress and the president in the form of bank bailouts, stimulus plans and trillion-dollar budgets, she said.
"I want us to be Americans, because our Constitution is a gift and if we don’t cherish it and protect it, we’re going to lose it," Schulte said. "There is enough blame to go around on both sides of the aisle."
Wasteful spending in Washington is creating huge debt, Parkite Roger Shaw said at the tea party in Coalville.
"I realize (President) Obama has a job to do, but when he took office he approved this pork spending," Shaw said as he waved a protest sign at passing cars. "We need to be more judicious in our spending We’re trying to show the government and the people who are trying to pass legislation that somebody has to pay for it. Nothing’s free."
Heber resident Stefanie Grady said she was pleased to spend tax day on Main Street in Coalville demonstrating against wasteful bureaucracy.
"I gave the government a lot of money yesterday," Grady said. "I don’t think this is about Republican or Democrat, it’s about taking our country back and having the government work for us."