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Dubuque's tea party protest: less taxing, less spending

Dubuque (KWWL) -- Protesters at Dubuque's Tea Party tax day protest are speaking out against two things:  taxes and spending. They say taxes are too high, and government spending is too much.

"I became handicapped and got in this wheelchair about seven years ago. Even today, I still try and work on the computer at home, trying to make a buck or two here or there," Rick Kenniker said.

Kenniker says taxes are too high, and the government is spending his and other taxpayers' money frivolously on government programs.

"Everybody is created equal, but that doesn't mean you have the right to an equal life. You've got to get out and work for it," Kenniker said.

"I'm tired of our so-called leaders who believe our earnings are their open checkbooks to spend as they please!!!" Jeff Luecke, a co-organizer shouted to the crowd of hundreds.

Luecke says holding the tea party protest on tax day is a wake-up call to taxpayers.

"There's a lot of people out there that don't realize how much they pay in taxes. There's a huge majority of people who are excited to get that refund in the mail. And they don't realize that's money they could get and keep and use and invest throughout the year that they're going to the government," Luecke said.

Protestors also disagree with the bailout plan: spending money to stimulate the economy.

"We're spending money we don't have. I know if I'm broke, I don't go out and spend money. I try to conserve and change my spending habits, and I think that's what our government needs to start doing," Lisa Walton said.

For these protestors, fighting for for less taxing, less spending, less government, means being more vocal.

"We're the silent majority beginning to get loud," Kenniker said.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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