BOSTON -- Sarah Palin rallied the conservative tea party movement near the scene of its historical inspiration Wednesday, telling Washington politicians that government should be working for the people, not the other way around.
Addressing roughly 5,000 people, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee accused President Barack Obama of overreaching with his $787 billion stimulus program. She also criticized his health care, student loan and financial regulatory overhauls.
"Is this what their 'change' is all about?" Palin asked the crowd on Boston Common. "I want to tell 'em, nah, we'll keep clinging to our Constitution and our guns and religion, and you can keep the change."
Tea partiers planned to meet for a final rally in Washington today, coinciding with the federal tax-filing deadline.
Palin put her own spin on Tax Day, saying, "We need to cut taxes so that our families can keep more of what they earn and produce, and our mom-and-pops, then, our small businesses, can reinvest according to our own priorities, and hire more people and let the private sector grow and thrive and prosper."
The gathering intended to hark back to 1773, when American colonists, upset about British taxation without government representation, threw British tea into the harbor in protest. The modern tea party movement claims Republican and Democratic members and is punctuated by those who question the legitimacy of Obama's presidency.