Supporters of the three tax initiatives will hold their last gathering before the Nov. 8 election on the steps of the Capitol at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Although there will be entertainment, including the live debut of the tax- limitation song, "Quiet as a Mouse," the purpose of the rally is to distribute pamphlets endorsing the initiatives and the independent candidate for governor, Merrill Cook.Some 100,000 copies of the pamphlet have been printed by the Tax Limitation Coalition and coalition chairman Greg Beesley said he expects rally participants to spread them throughout the state before the election.
This is not the first time the tax-limitation movement has used the Capitol as a backdrop. During the 1987 Legislature, thousands of Utahns rallied there repeatedly to chant, "No more taxes."
Those words translated into the initiative petitions that were circulated throughout the state to get the three initiatives on the ballot. The initiatives would limit property tax rates and government growth, roll back tax increases passed by the 1987 Legislature and lower income tax rates, and give parents of children in private schools a tax credit.
"We're going to soup everybody up and regroup the troops," Beesley said. "We've got work for them to do."
Beesley and Cook are scheduled to speak at the rally, as well as local radio talk-show host Mills Crenshaw. During the hour-long rally, Chuck Tharp is slated to perform the song he wrote after being converted to the tax-limitation movement by listening to Crenshaw's program.
Tharp, an automobile parts salesman by day and a musician by night, said he wrote, "Quiet as a Mouse" several months ago. Although it has been played daily by Crenshaw for more than two weeks, the song has not aired on any other local radio stations.
The song recounts many of the themes heard throughout the campaign to pass the tax initiatives, including criticism of Gov. Norm Bangerter and the Utah Education Association.
Tharp said the lyrics have offended at least one radio station executive. The chorus of the song probably best explains why:
All you sheep, don't try to think. Old Normy's on the job.
Don't look now, you're wallet's gone. We sure as hell been robbed.
Vote for me, I'll set you free, I'll take your car and house.
And you just sit there and take it, quiet as a mouse.