Delawareans send anti-spending message
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
A coalition that draws attention to the growing US debt and government spending brought its tour to Delaware's capital city. Several dozen people heard from activists and political candidates during the Spending Revolt rally at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover Saturday.
Those who attended were invited to sign their names directly on the Spending Revolt bus. The group calls itself a "coalition of taxpayers, families, small business owners and public policy organizations."
Jim Martin is founder of The 60-Plus Association, an organization formed 18 years ago and which is making the estate tax and protection of Social Security major issues in this campaign. "There's a senior citizen tsunami, it's headed toward Capitol Hill, and unless it subsides there's going to be a whole bunch of people looking for a new line of work come November 2nd," Martin told the crowd standing above a sign which read "Without economic freedom, there is no freedom."
In addition to waving American flags, several in the audience waved flags or wore t-shirts with the message "Don't Tread on Me."
Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell said "to create wealth for hard-working farmers, to create wealth for hard-working mom-and-pop business owners, we need to eliminate the death tax."
GOP candidate Glen Urquhart also addressed the rally. Organizers say candidates and politicians of all parties were invited.
Jerry Stogner of Greenwood, Sussex County, says he was drawn to the event because he is "not happy with the way the country is going."
If less spending meant fewer government services, Stogner said "it seems like everything they do, they screw it up."
Southern Delaware tea party member Donna Gordon expressed similar sentiments, saying government regulations severely impacted her business which involves the sale of imported foods.
"Tell them you're not going to allow your elected representatives to create new nameless, faceless, unaccountable bureaucracies," Gordon said to applause from the crowd.