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Mesa Tax Protest 2009

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Sign at the Mesa Tax Protest
A Mesa Tax and Anti-Stimulus Bill Protest took place in Mesa, Arizona on Wednesday, February 18.[1][2][3]

The rally was spearheaded by Bruce Jacobs, a talk show host at KFYI-AM in Mesa.

More than 500 people participated in the event, which was held to protest an appearance by President Barack Obama in Mesa the day after he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Bill) in Denver, Colorado.[4]


This event was part of a national movement referred to as the Chicago Tea Party. The series of protests began in Seattle, Washington on February 16, 2009, later gaining momentum on Thursday, February 19, when Rick Santelli in an on-air segment on CNBC Business Newslive called for a "Chicago Tea Party." Santelli's remarks became known as the "Rant Heard 'Round the World."[5]

Organizers sprang up in many different quarters of the fiscally conservative movement online and include Top Conservatives on Twitter, Smart Girl Politics, Don't Go, Americans for Tax Reform, the Heartland Institute, American Spectator Magazine, the New American Tea Party and many others.[6]

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