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the Tea Party Movement

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The Tea Party movement is an American political movement known for its conservative positions and its role in the Republican Party.

The Tea Party Movement by VOA News

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Members of the movement have called for a reduction of the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing government spending, and for lower taxes.

The Budget of the United States Government often begins as the President's proposal to the U.S. Congress which recommends funding levels for the next fiscal year, beginning October 1 and ending on September 30 of the year following.

Is the Tea Party Movement Racist? by ReasonTV

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The movement opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare and has been described as a mixture of libertarian, populist, and conservative activism.

Universal health care, sometimes referred to as universal health coverage, universal coverage, or universal care, usually refers to a health care system which provides health care and financial protection to all citizens of a particular country.

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It has sponsored multiple protests and supported various political candidates since 2009.

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Various polls have found that slightly over 10% of Americans identify as members.

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The movement began following Barack Obama's first presidential inauguration when his administration announced plans to give financial aid to bankrupt homeowners.

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who is the 44th and current President of the United States.

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Following calls by Rick Santelli for a "tea party" by Chicago bond-dealers, conservative groups coalesced around the idea of protesting against Obama's agenda and a series of protests took place, including the 2009 Taxpayer March on Washington.

The Taxpayer March on Washington was a Tea Party protest march from Freedom Plaza to the United States Capitol that was held on September 12, 2009, in Washington, D.C. The event coincided with other similar protests organized in various cities across the nation.

Rick Santelli is an editor for the CNBC Business News network.

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Supporters of the movement subsequently had a major impact on the internal politics of the Republican Party.

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The movement is not a political party.

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Its name refers instead to the Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773, a watershed moment in the American struggle for independence from Great Britain.

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The 1773 event demonstrated against taxation by the British without political representation for the American colonists, and references to the Boston Tea Party and even costumes from the 1770s are common.

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