Tax-Day 'Tea Parties' Test Aversion to Obama Spending

Tens of thousands set to attend nationwide demonstrations
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2009 10:02 AM CDT
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, makes remarks on the economy, Friday, April 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Fiscal conservatives across the country will reenact Revolutionary history today with tea parties in every state to protest taxes and increased spending, ABC News reports. Tens of thousands are registered to attend in major cities, testing whether anti-Obama budget sentiment, which has picked up steam on the Internet, with help from Fox News, is  “the beginning of conservative online grassroots politics,” says a Republican Internet strategist.

The demonstrations aren’t explicitly backing either party—in fact, “it’s almost libertarian,” said a GOP consultant. But some key Republicans are supporting the idea, with members of Congress attending events. The concept was sparked by CNBC personality Rick Santelli’s February attack on President Obama, in which he suggested hauling “derivative securities” into Lake Michigan.