Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tax Day Rallies in Mission Viejo and Oceanside — Stop Spending Money!

More than ever before, in over two years of tea party coverage, the theme of overspending was the rage yesterday in Mission Viejo and Oceanside. Sure, out-of-control spending was a major part of tea party protests against the 2009 stimulus package and ObamaCare, but the signage this year seemed even more focused on the spending equation. I think this woman's sign from Oceanside captures the day's meme:

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There's some mainstream media coverage of yesterday's tea parties in Mission Viejo and Oceanside.

The Orange County Register has coverage of the Mission Viejo event, "Tea Party tax-day rally draws supporters." And for the Oceanside event, see San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two political rallies raise their voices in Oceanside," and North County Times, "OCEANSIDE: Dueling rallies held Friday." (And check Bruce Kesler's post on the media coverage, "Raising Taxes is “Nonpartisan”!")

Here's the scene at La Paz Road and Marguerite Parkway yesterday:

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

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This is former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, who's running for county supervisor:

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Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Here's Connie Lee, the event organizer. Love that Reagan shirt:

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

This was unusual, a confederate flag with "In God We Trust." We had nothing like this at the Irvine tea parties in 2009 and 2010, and I doubt this flag would be welcomed, given the likely media attacks on the group as "racist":

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Folks might want to stay with this message, or Think Progress will be all over it:

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Now, here's this from the Oceanside rally. The Union-Tribune notes, "The tea party rally, at the foot of the Oceanside Pier, attracted more than 1,500":

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Ted Hayes, self-described "Black U.S. Citizen Patriot," was in the house. Folks might remember Ted from my coverage of the Arizona rallies last year:

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Some of the tea partiers:

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Tax Day Tea Parties 2011

Some folks want Donald Trump to dump the Obama Chump:

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Oceanside's hard to beat for beautiful tea party locations:

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Here's the lady who wanted my picture with her tea party sign. That was also a first:

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Here's the shot I'm talking about:

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This guy was hard to miss. He obviously spoke for a lot of people:

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More on that overspending theme:

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Those signs read "Project 2012 - Vote." Folks talked a lot about November 2012, "the most important election ever" (again). People just want to get that sucker out:

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Rick Roberts, a popular San Diego talk radio personality, gave the keynote speech. A great guy and a real patriot:

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After things wound down, I headed out for a couple of beers with Left Coast Rebel, an Oceanside local and another true patriot. That's what's great about the tea parties: You're around people who love America.

I'll have more later ...

Added: Linked at Maggie's Farm and News Alert.

4 comments:

SarahB said...

Great coverage!! Good to meet you last night.

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Sarah Bond
So Cal Tax Revolt Coalition.

Sam L. said...

That flag showed up in Mission Viejo, too. see:

http://holycoast.blogspot.com/2011/04/weak-tea.html

AmPowerBlog said...

Sam: That is Mission Viejo. I'm covering both rallies here.

commoncents said...

We have Sarah Palins speech given at the Madison WI Tax Day event...


Steve
Common Cents
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com