George Alan Esworthy, a software engineer from Apex, joined an anti-tax rally in front of the General Assembly on Monday carrying a Navy flag used to signal other ships to attack the enemy. On the striped flag was a snake and the motto "Don't tread on me."
"I'm angry," Esworthy said. "The politicians keep telling us we have a shortfall. That's a lie, We have an overspending problem. I keep getting angrier because they just don't get the message."
Sue Eaton, a Raleigh homemaker, held up a protest sign that announced that anyone paying attention should be outraged.