political theatre disrupts Boston Tea Party (3 short articles)

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Thu, 16 Apr 1998 19:19:46 -0700 (PDT)


FWD - political theatre disrupts Boston Tea Party (3 short articles) -

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http://www.cnn.com/US/9804/15/tax.day/#2
from the April 15, 1998 CNN News story titled:
"Procrastinating taxpayers shower IRS with returns"

PROTESTERS SPIKE BOSTON TEA PARTY

In Boston, House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas and Republican Rep.
Billy Tauzin of Louisiana re-enacted the Boston Tea Party by dumping the
IRS code into Boston Harbor to call attention to their tax reform
proposals.

But as the congressmen dumped a crate containing the tax code marked "tea"
into the water, protesters in three-piece suits and dresses standing
alongside the congressmen on the ship yelled "flatten the poor, sink the
poor with your flat tax." Others later surrounded their car, waving signs
that said "Rich People's Liberation Front."


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http://www.infoseek.com/Content?arn=a1875ropto-19980415&qt=%2Btax+%2Bprotest&lk=
lb&col=NX&kt=A&ak=news1486

REPUBLICAN TAX PHOTO OPPORTUNITY BACKFIRES

  Apr 15, 1998

  By Michael Ellis

BOSTON (Reuters) - Republican congressmen Dick Armey
and Billy Tauzin threw a crate containing the tax code from
the Boston Tea Party ship into the city's harbor Wednesday,
promptly overturning a dingy of demonstrators protesting
their proposed tax reforms.

``Your tax will sink the working family,'' shouted the two
demonstrators, Chris Hartman and Kristin Barreli of the
Boston-based group United for a Fair Economy, before they
and a plastic doll tipped into the water.

House Majority Leader Armey and Rep. Tauzin of Louisiana
appeared surprised when the dingy upset the tax day press
event.

They hesitated before throwing the crate marked ``tea'' from
the famous symbol of American rebellion against excess
taxation.

More than 200 years ago, Boston colonists crept aboard three
ships including the ``Beaver'' and threw overboard tea crates
to protest a British tax on tea, one of the most important
events leading up to the American Revolution.


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http://www.infoseek.com/Content?arn=a2041LBY661reulb-19980415&qt=%2Btax+%2Bprote
st&lk=lb&col=NX&kt=A&ak=news1486

BOSTON "TAX PARTY' RUNS INTO TROUBLE

     Apr 15, 1998

BOSTON (Reuters) - A handful of protesters spoiled two
Republican congressmen's hopes for a restaging of the
Boston Tea Party as a modern-day ``tax party'' Wednesday.

House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, and Billy
Tauzin of Louisiana, boarded a replica of one of the Boston
Tea Party ships to dramatize their calls for tax reform by
harking back to one of the pivotal events of the American
Revolution.

As they got ready to dump a crate containing the tax code
marked ``tea'' into the harbor, protesters aboard the ship and
in a dinghy in the water shouted their disapproval.

``Your tax will sink the working family,'' shouted two
demonstrators aboard the dinghy, Chris Hartman and Kristin
Barreli of the Boston-based group United for a Fair
Economy.

Their dinghy, called the ``Working Family Life Raft,'' then
overturned, tipping the two protesters and a plastic baby into
the harbor.

Protesters in three-piece suits and dresses standing alongside
the congressmen on the Beaver II yelled ``flatten the poor,
sink the poor with your flat tax.'' Others later surrounded
their car, waving signs which said ``Rich People's Liberation
Front.''

The two congressmen appeared to be have been taken by
surprise.

``Is their message they want to keep the code?,'' Armey told
reporters. ``I think they would find themselves in a
significant minority.

``I want a new tax code,'' he said. ``Obviously I voted for a
flat tax, I believe that is the best alternative.''

Tauzin, who supports a plan to scrap income taxes in favor
of a 15 percent federal retail sales tax, and Armey stopped in
Boston during their national tour of ``debates'' over tax
reform.

Chuck Collins, co-director of the protest group, which
claims more than 2,000 members in the Boston area, said,
``We don't need phony tea party symbols -- we need a real
debate. They've put two very regressive proposals on the
table and pretend that the American people have a choice.''

In the original Boston Tea Party in December 1773, a group
of colonists crept aboard three ships including the ``Beaver''
and threw overboard tea crates to protest a British tax on
tea.

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