WICHITA — More than 750 people, including U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, are expected to gather near the Wichita airport post office on Wednesday for a taxpayer “tea party” to protest the federal economic stimulus package, organizers said.
“It’s too much money. It’s way too big,” said John Todd, a Wichita real estate agent and pro-business Republican activist who is organizing Wednesday’s demonstration. He said the protesters are also troubled by the prospect of nationalization of key industries such as banking.
“If you want to stimulate the economy, you just need to reduce the taxes and regulations,” Todd said.
Supporters of President Obama and the stimulus say the tea bag protesters are a small, vocal minority and that most working families will see an $800 annual tax cut from reduced withholding that’s part of the stimulus.
“The vast majority of Americans support the effort to turn around the economy,” said Andrea White, communications director for the Kansas Democratic Party. “The American people proved that they don’t want the same failed policies that got us into this.”
Local volunteers and the activist group Americans for Prosperity are organizing the Wichita tea party event, scheduled for 4:15 to 8 p.m.
The demonstration will be held in a field at the corner of Ridge Road and Harry Street near the airport post office.