'Tea party' Wednesday at Newnan City Hall

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com On the day that represents taxation, Cowetans will join thousands all over the country at "tea parties," in protest of bailouts and other recent government policies. "Taxed Enough Already" demonstrations will be held at Newnan City Hall and Peachtree City Hall at noon on Wednesday. The Atlanta Tea Party will be held on the grounds of the state capitol at 7 p.m.
"I've got three kids and I am thinking -- what kind of country is it going to be if we continue to have our government taking over business and rewarding bad behavior?" said Cindy Fallon, organizer of the Peachtree City event. "They are rewarding these businesses that aren't accountable and don't have good business practices. And the ones that do, they do nothing for them," Fallon said. Fallon said the biggest thing she's ever organized until now was a birthday party. But, "I have felt very compelled to step out and try to pull people together," she said. "I feel like a lot of us have just sat by and watched things happen. I think everybody has had enough, basically," she said. "I just want to get people that feel the same way together. That is what it is going to take." Chip Coursey is organizing the Newnan event. For Coursey, wasteful government spending was the catalyst for action. "That has been bothering me for a while, personally," Coursey said. When he saw a television news piece on the tea parties, "they said if you are mad about taxes, for everybody to join the tea party and find out where it is going on in your area." Coursey found out that no one had signed up to organize an event in Newnan, so he clicked on the button that said he would like to help plan an event. "By clicking on that, they listed me as the head planner," Coursey said. That was a surprise, but he decided to run with it. Since then, he has gotten commitments from about 40 people. And if they all bring their spouses and friends, there should be a good crowd. Participants can spend the whole two hours on the city hall lawn, or just stop by, but the best time to be there will be for the kickoff at noon, Coursey said. Participants are welcome to bring signs, but keep the messages clean, Coursey said. Bailouts and stimulus spending are the main catalysts for protests, but Coursey is concerned about various tax increases. Fallon worries the so-called "fairness doctrine" will rear its head again to inhibit freedom of speech and religion, and she's concerned about a bill she says would force companies to hire employees against their moral beliefs. Peachtree City's state representative, Matt Ramsey, and state senator, Ronnie Chance, will be speaking at that rally, as will several other speakers, including a retired Army officer. Chance will talk about the differences in Georgia's budget, which must be balanced, and the federal budget. There will also be a table of information about various organizations "that can help change our decision-makers in Washington," Fallon said. Fallon encourages people to come and stay as long as they want. It's a way to "have fun, learn about organizations you can be involved in, and spread the word."


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