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Apr 22, 2009 12:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tax protest in Sag Harbor

Apr 22, 2009 12:17 PM

About two dozen people gathered at the windswept green on the Long Wharf in downtown Sag Harbor last Wednesday to take part in the nationwide tea party to protest tax rates in the United States.

The protesters, a small collection compared to the hundreds that gathered in Riverhead and the thousands that came out at other rallies around the nation, carried tea bags, a nod to the Boston Tea Party tax revolt in 1773, and signs calling for an end to overtaxation. The Boston Tea Party, which happened at the genesis of the American Revolution, called for an end to taxation without representation and on Wednesday some of the participants tried to make the same argument about today’s federal tax policies.

The protests were timed to coincide with April 15, the deadline for filing state and federal personal income tax returns.

“I’m very concerned about where we’re going as America,” said Elaine Kahl, a Southampton resident and tea party participant. “I believe in the people and I believe in the citizens and it’s about time we had our representatives representing us because this is taxation without representation. I don’t understand why they’re spending money we don’t have. They are nationalizing our banks, nationalizing our states, nationalizing everything.”

michael wright

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