SOUTHINGTON – Area Tea Party activists protested taxes, tolls and socialism Monday in front of Denny’s and Starbucks on Queen Street.
Despite drizzle, close to two dozen activists held up handmade signs and waved U.S. and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags to passing cars who honked in support. The Tax Day protest was part of a national effort by the group, with an organizer who chose to remain anonymous saying that similar demonstrations were taking place in 200 to 300 communities across the country.
The group, which rose to prominence in opposition to the policies of the Obama presidency, stands for Taxed Enough Already, and is a reference to the Boston Tea Party protest against British taxation.
Dave Kimmel, of Southington, spoke against the tolls. He said they are just another tax.
“People are saying we need to fix our roads and bridges but how do we know that money will go where it is supposed to?” he said. “It has been used inefficiently in the past.”
Ryan Harrison from Newington, who carried a sign which said “We the People,” said people are tired of being overtaxed and “having their constitutional rights trampled.”
Jane Bate, who wore a No Tolls hat and held a sign saying “socialism takes its toll,” argued that government had overstepped its bounds. She opposed several of the new taxes proposed by Gov. Ned Lamont.
“How much is enough to take from one person to give to another?” she asked.
Cheryl Morseau, from Ridgefield, held a sign saying “no new taxes” and “no tolls.”
“If the governor could tax the air we breathe he’d do it,” she said.
Tucker Deming, from Chesire, wore a Make America Great Again hat and held a huge flag in one hand and a pole with multiple signs on it in the other. The signs urged passers by to honk in support of capitalism and a southern border wall.
“Our freedom is on the line,” he said. “I don’t want the government to burden us with any more taxes. I heard that there are 40 bills at the state which are proposing raising taxes. Our state is in difficult financial straits and how will we get out of it if they never want to stop spending?”
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