In downtown Abilene, roughly 50 people held signs and waved at cars driving by on Pine Street. They also blasted the song, "We're not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister. The lunchtime protest was a kick-off to tonight's bigger rally, also outside the main Post Office, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The White House is reacting to the tea party tax protests by promoting President Obama's middle class tax cuts.
Pressed about the rallies, Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said, "Look at the facts."
In earlier remarks, President Obama said his administration has kept a promise to avoid tax hikes for those earning less than $250,000 a year. He repeated a vow to roll back tax breaks on the wealthiest two percent of Americans and said a "monstrous" federal tax code must be streamlined and simplified.
Obama also also touted efforts to end the housing crisis, help small businesses, make college more affordable and reduce wasteful spending.
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