A "tea party" to protest Paterson's taxes
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Just call it the Binghamton Tea Party without the tea. A group of locals took to the South Washington Street Bridge Saturday and poured a few gallons of soda into the Susquehanna River to protest Governor Paterson's new proposed taxes.
Around two dozen protesters showed up, mostly outraged by the governor's obesity tax on soda.
They want a freer economy with less government intervention.
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"We really want to see a sense of fiscal responsibility from the government and have them get their hands out of our pockets. The government has gotten out of hand and out of control in the last few decades and we're taking notice of that," said Trevor Leach, chairman of the Young Americans for Liberty in New York State.
Several of the protesters wore indian headdresses similar to the band of 18th century patriots who dumped tea in Boston Harbor to express outrage about British taxes.