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Taxing issues
Crowds protest spending, debt here and at capitol
Timmy Hoell, who recently celebrated his 13th birthday, holds up a sign during Wednesday's Tea Party. - photo by Jennifer Sami
P.J. Friedel felt she wasn’t being heard.

But her voice carried throughout downtown Cumming on Wednesday as she joined a sea of others expressing disdain for the federal government’s spending, including the president’s stimulus package.

“They’re just making decisions on behalf of the American people,” Friedel said. “We don’t want to have our taxes raised. We don’t want our children paying millions, billions and trillions of debt when they get married, grow up and have kids.”

Friedel was one of many concerned Forsyth County residents who rallied on the courthouse square.

The two-hour event preceded the state Tax Day Tea Party, one of many held across the nation to coincide with the April 15 tax deadline. The events recall the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when American colonists protested British taxation.

About 50 Forsyth residents took a bus down to the Atlanta Tea Party, joining thousands at the state capitol.

The turnout in Cumming was no less spirited. People lined the sidewalk surrounding the courthouse, as a steady mix of car horns and protest chants filled the air.

Many voiced concerns about government leaders making tax decisions without listening to taxpayers.

Dorothy Warren came with four of her 10 children.

“Our government will waste away if we don’t teach them about the system, what their rights are and that they’ve got to fight for their freedoms,” she said of the next generation.

“I’m ready to fight being overtaxed ... this is what they fought for over 200 years ago. I don’t know why we’re still fighting the same battle.”

Holly Incorvaia and her husband, Frank, attended the event to protest bailout and stimulus money.

“It’s not about taxes for me, it’s more about bailout money,” Holly Incorvaia said. “I know we have to pay taxes, I just want the money printing to stop.”

Shannon Eastin brought her four children, hoping to put a face to the future generations that could end up shouldering the burden of excessive spending.

“I want them to grow up in a world where they have opportunity,” she said. “I don’t want them to inherit all this debt. We keep making these split decisions and it’s affecting their lives.

“You can’t finance your way out of debt.”

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