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‘Tea Party’ Groups Plan National Strike to Protest Obama’s Policies

Conservative “tea party” activists are planning a nationwide boycott on spending on the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, a plan already gaining traction with some House Republicans.The idea behind the Jan. 20 strike, which is being promoted online by several tea party groups, is to get as many people as possible to stay home and not support the economy in protest of Obama’s policies.Different groups say the strike is in response to different policies: The National Day of Strike event page on Facebook says the strike is about not becoming “tax slaves to pay for a government run health rationing scheme,” while another group, Patriots for America, says the strike is to protest the growing deficit. Another site specifically dedicated to the Jan. 20 strike, strike120.ning.com, says the effort is about ending corporate control of Congress and ousting “the power hungry, self-centered powerbrokers that are raping our heritage.—Some Republican lawmakers are already on board. “I support the efforts of the Tea Party Patriots to date and the plan for the Inauguration anniversary event,— Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said in a statement.King bashed the Obama administration for its “government take-over of companies that, just a year and a half ago, produced one third of our private sector profits.— He accused Obama and Congressional Democratic leaders of putting the interests of Wall Street over taxpayers and, in the process, making “Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez look like a socialist piker.—“I am more than happy to join with the Tea Party Patriots in promotion of our common cause: the defense of American economic liberty,— King added.Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who couldn’t be reached for comment, last week said the Republican Party would be “wise— to “allow themselves to be redefined by the tea party movement.—In a Dec. 29 interview on ex-Sen. Fred Thompson’s (R) radio show, Bachmann called on her party to “embrace the tea party movement with full arms and hold as many open forums as they possibly can to bring people in and listen to them, because the leadership right now is truly coming from the tea party movement.—

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