Several organizations took advantage of the tax day rush at the downtown post office to promote their causes – anti-government sentiment and beer.
"We've had enough lies and death and tasers," said Kerri, a member of HoustonTruth.org. "This really is extortion to organized criminals. The money doesn't go to the government, it's a scam on the American people. I personally am not filing any taxes this year."
Kerri asked that her last name not be used. She said she furthered her protest by removing all the money from her bank account and canceling her cable service. Kerri thinks others should do the same.
The protest is part of a national effort highlighted by a freedom rally in Washington, D.C., organized by Ron Paul's Granny Warriors.
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About 20 feet from HoustonTruth and RiotUSA, the folks from Coors Light had their promotional team out with faux picket signs, protesting tax-day stress. See, the new Coors Light vented can helps you drink easier, get bombed faster, and forget about tax troubles altogether.
"After paying all that money to the government, most people probably could use a beer," said Jessica Miller, a spokeswoman for the promo crew. "It makes you feel better."
Inside the post office at lunchtime, the line was long and slow moving. The average wait was about 10 minutes. Dave Lewin, a regional spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the office was short one clerk, which slowed the process. The real rush is expected tonight, Lewin said, and postal employees will be outside the post office taking tax returns, if postage is already paid. – Paul Knight