Tea party rallies draw big crowds in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 1,000 people turned out Wednesday at the Alabama State House in Montgomery for the Tax Day
Tea Party.

Several carried signs predicting the federal stimulus package will lead to socialism.

Montgomery small businessman Steve Primavera carried a sign saying "Stimulus The Audacity of Dope." Primavera said the stimulus package is using his children's money and selling America's future to China.

The Montgomery event was one of more than a dozen in Alabama and more than 500 around the country.

Montgomery radio talk show host Greg Budell predicted the events could have the same impact that Montgomerian Rosa Parks had when she refused to move to the back of a city bus during segregation.

Police estimated 2,300 attended the rally in Huntsville. Several hundred turned out for the event at Mobile's Government Plaza.

In Mobile, some waved homemade signs that read: "It's easy to spend other people's money" and "Born free, but taxed to death."

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