Gaspee Tea Party
As ought to have been expected, the crowd is a bit smaller today than it was for the initial tea party — about, truth to tell — what I expected last time, probably a little south of 1,000, although I offer the usual disclaimers about being terrible with on-site estimating:
Some pictures of signage:
Helen Glover just estimated the crowd at about 1,000 or more, making the point that others will try to talk it down and ignore the fact that taxpayers don’t have paid organizers in the mold of unions and other special interests.
I’d say the crowd is probably over 1,000, at this point, which much exceeds what I’d expected, given the fact that this is sort of a second bite at the apple and is focused entirely on state-level issues. Speaker Aram Garabedian just declared that the biggest union in RI is the group of taxpayers.
Arlene Violet is making a great statement about endemic corruption and elected representatives’ giving away tax money to preferred friends and preferred interests.
A surprise visit from Governor Don Carcieri. “Are you ready to pay more taxes? [Crowd: No!] Good, because I’m not either.” He mentioned that he just got back from Washington, where he’s trying to get more funding for our children.
Ummm… I think the point is that we don’t want more government money.
Commenter Hank Bradley suggests that 1,000 people is more than double what the pictures suggest. Well, that’s why I post them, because I’m not claiming any competence at crowd estimation. 1,000 may be a bit high, but 500 is considerably low. Given the shape of the crowd (spilling up the stairs, for instance), it’s difficult to capture in a picture. I’d still be happy with the turnout even if it’s 700-800.
I’m currently in line to go through the metal detector to storm the statehouse. Gotta see the humor…
I will say that if you ever have to wait in a protest line, being in front of John DePetro and his bullhorn is a humorous place to be.
I’m hearing that the legislators all left for the day. And why not? It’s not as if there’s anything for them to do these days.
… and coming…
And I hear the cry of “no more taxes” echoing through the building. Would that it were legislators.
The most patient people at the rally…
I’ve only been the statehouse a couple of times, and I’ve never looked at the ceiling. Now that I have, I have to say that taxes are not the true injustice; sexism is. Notice that all of the abstract principles are represented as women. Perhaps if there was gender equity in the paintings, legislators would more faithfully adhere to the principles.
But I see that the world that the General Assembly ordered has arrived:
And now on to Ri-Ra.
Before I close the computer down, though, here are two pictures that Andrew took of Governor Carcieri: