Saturday, April 18, 2009

500,000 protesters = Tepid turnout

You'd think the only people that came were the ones quoted in the news article...This asswipe doesn't says only a few hundred protesters showed up. Well 12,000 in NYC and 20,000 in Atlanta to name just two is not a few hundred. By most calculations the total is over 500,000 came out all over the country...

Tepid turnout in U.S. for 'tea party' tax protest

A Fox News-hyped U. S. anti-tax movement has failed to bring about the "popular uprising" its creators had hoped for.

The day of "tea parties," pushed by Republican operatives and partisan advocacy groups such as FreedomWorks, which sought to protest U. S. President Barack Obama government's tax and stimulus policies by encouraging people to"wave tea bags," brought about only a few hundred "tea-baggers" in most parts of the U. S., despite relentless promotion by Fox News TV hosts.

Participants had hoped to rally hundreds of thousands of people to begin a grassroots movement that would force Obama to change government policy. But the turnout was far from what was hoped for, especially compared to the 2006 immigrants' rights rallies or the 2004 pro-choice march on Washington, both of which attracted millions.

About 4,000 people are reported to have shown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, while Chicago drew an estimated 5,000 protesters and Des Moines, Iowa, drew 3,000. Farmingville, N. Y., drew 50 hardy souls.

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