Steamboat Springs Local citizens fed up with government spending, growth and tax policy are planning to rally today on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.
The Taxpayer Tea Party in Steamboat Springs, slated for noon to 1 p.m., will be the local manifestation of a nationwide protest scheduled for Tax Day. Americans for Prosperity, an economic advocacy group that promotes "a return of the federal government to its Constitutional limits," is supporting Taxpayer Tea Party events across the country as a response to federal stimulus plans and economic recovery measures proposed by Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama.
Jennifer Schubert-Akin, former chairwoman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee, is organizing the local event and said Obama's $3.5 trillion budget plan is "just an insane amount of money that we can't possibly pay for : without raising taxes across the board."
Schubert-Akin also disagreed in principle with federal stimulus efforts to pull the U.S. out of the recession. Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law in February.
"You never grow the economy by expanding government - that's never worked one time it's been tried," Schubert-Akin said. "Government can't grow our way out of a recession - it's got to come from spurring the private sector and letting the private sector keep more of its money for investment and hiring."
Schubert-Akin said today's event will feature recorded messages, tailored specially for Steamboat, from Stephen Moore, of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board, and Chris Edwards, of The Cato Institute. Edwards is director of tax policy studies for the institute, which promotes limited government and the free market system.
Schubert-Akin said today's event also will feature local speakers - "No politicians; this is just the regular folk," she said - including Buck Buckland, of Steamboat.
"These bailouts and stimulus proposals that have come around in the last two to three months, you know. : It all ends up in the end that people are going to pay for all the bailouts and trillions of dollars that are being proposed for different things," said Buckland, 76. "In my lifetime, it may not affect me that much. But for my sons and grandchildren, especially the grandchildren, it's going to be a killer."
Schubert-Akin said today's event is nonpartisan and not associated with any local political party.
"We want everybody who feels our taxes are too high and our government is too big" to attend, she said. "I'm looking for enthusiasm, for people who are really engaged in this - I'm also hoping that when people leave, they will be energized and ready to contact their elected officials to express their opinions. : I'm hoping this will spur people to get active. It's great to show up at a rally, but we've got to do something beyond that."