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Small Crowd Protests Obama Visit to MontCo

About three dozen people lined Bethlehem Pike in Hatfield Friday.

Holding signs that read "Hey middle class, they are coming for your $ next," and "Taxing the rich hurts everyone," a group of about three dozen people protested President Barack Obama's visit to Hatfield Friday morning.

The protestors gathered in the vacant lot of a closed down gas station near the intersection of Bethlehem Pike and Unionville Road in Hatfield, waving signs and garnering the occasional honk in return.

"This isn't really about Democrats or Republicans, it's about the fiscal policies and that we don't like where President Obama is taking this country," said Steve Piotrowski, chair of the Norristown-based Citizens for Liberty and organizer of the protest. "I personally would like to see Obamacare repealed, along with the National Defense Authorization Act [and the] Patriot Act."

Several protestors had similar viewpoints, saying that they didn't view federal policy so much as a partisan issue, as a case of runaway spending.

"If I would have made a sign, it would have read "It's the Spending Stupid,'" said Bill Brosky, of Hatfield. "We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem, and I want financial responsibility. I had a problem with [former President] Bush too, since he spent like a Democrat."

However, there was no love lost among many of the protestors for President Obama. Barbara Walters, chairman of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party group with no relation to the famous news anchor, said she drove from Emmaus with her husband Jim to join the protest.

"We're here to let Obama know we want him to change his plans," Walters said. "I would like him to stop all the regulations on small companies, and I don't want him to raise taxes on those people who make over $250,000, because a lot of those are small business owners."

Many of the protesters were unanimous in wanting to see the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, repealed.

michael mirra January 19, 2013 at 02:33 AM
I second that "you're welcome" & so does middle class America who now can lose their jobs & not lose their health care, are no longer in the insurance hell of pre existing conditions, still have a job thanks to Obama bringing the economy back to no longer at the brink of the depression Republican economics led us to. General Motors is alive & Osama Bin Ladin Dead. Obama now is making America safe from gun toting crazies. Yes, you are more than welcome for thanking us for voting for Barack. We don't really need thanks. Having Obama at the helm is reward enough.
michael mirra January 19, 2013 at 02:41 AM
wheezer96 thinks Obama is an idiot, surrounded by morons. Those "morons" & the 'Idiot' made the big business manager Romney & his team of business genious advisors look sick by totally out managing the campaign in all the swing states. That is one smart 'community organizer'. If Obama is so stupid, how come all the best Conservative minds have been working, with extreme motivation, to defeat him for over 4 years now, & with a super motivated base,& he still beat you? You people can't even prove he's a Kenyan. LOL
Liberty Belle January 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM
You don't understand the hate for the man who has stood up to one podium after another condemning and even mocking anyone who opposes him? No other President in History has ever showed total disgust for the opposing party like he does or has shown such disrespect for Israels, Netanyahu and our Constitution. He constantly pits one group against the other, black and white, rich and poor, Dems and Republicans .We are not a people to him but different groups that he so intends on keeping apart, After all he must shore up the numbers of the black and poor for future votes. He is a despicable hate filled man, rejected by both of his parents, he has some serious mental issues.
Liberty Belle January 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM
So you saw 'rude' people protesting and you gave them the finger? Not a very bright star, are you ? Take a look at yourself, meet rude.
Liberty Belle January 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM
This is America. We protest. Sticking your finger up rude.

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