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Just as thousands of taxpayers from across the nation are planning to descend on Washington, D.C., to take their fight against excessive spending, bailouts, growth of big government and soaring deficits to the front door of the U.S. Capitol – “Obamacare” proponents have responded with a well-funded counterattack scheduled for the following day.
Robert Reich, former Labor secretary for President Bill Clinton, called for yet another “march on Washington” on Sept. 13 in support of including a public option in Obama’s health “reform.”
“If enough people feel that’s the best way for their voices to be heard, and can’t be heard in any other way, then we march,” he said in Politico’s Arena.
Reich encouraged public option proponents to “make a racket.”
He wrote, the “first step is to be very loud and very vocal: Write, phone, e-mail, your congressional delegation and the White House. Second step: Get others to do the same. Third step: Get voters in Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and other states where Blue Dog Dems and wavering Senate Dems live, and have them make a hell of a fuss. Fourth step: March on Washington.”
Dick Armey, chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the groups organizing the Sept. 12 event, said in a newsletter, “It’s no coincidence he picked the day after our event to try and organize his – Reich, allied with the likes of MoveOn.org, the AFL-CIO, and the other usual suspects on the Left, are trying to overshadow and drown out our event and its limited government message.”
According to Politico, Reich insists that he suggested Sept. 13 because “that’s a Sunday, and it’s also Grandparents Day. I’ve just become a grandparent, and I’m worried as hell about the kind of world my little granddaughter is inheriting.”
But Armey isn’t buying that explanation. He said “liberals are doing everything they can to derail our event and water down its impact.”
“With a war chest that some are estimating is in excess of $150 million, we have to take their threat very seriously,” Armey said. “The only way we will be able to win is through real grass roots.”
He warned that after Reich’s “call to action,” the media will surely keep score and note the “conservative limited government presence” on Sept. 12 versus the turnout on the next day.
“The good news is that the Left’s dirty money can’t beat good-old-fashioned grass roots,” Armey wrote. “Let’s overwhelm them, sending a message loud and clear to Obama and the liberal establishment, by having at least twice the crowd on 9-12 that they will have the following day.”
Several organizations have united to help organize the the National Taxpayer Protest’s descent on the Capitol, including: Freedom Works, Grassfire/ResistNet, Tea Party Patriots, National Taxpayers Union, Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, Young Americans for Liberty, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, Our Country Deserves Better, Campaign for Liberty, Leadership Institute, Free Republic, Young America’s Foundation, the National Association of Rural Land Owners and Smart Girl Politics.
The following is a video promoting the Sept. 12 march:
“Our mission is to present a unified voice of concern over the current administration’s policies regarding taxation, our economy, foreign and domestic policy, as well as our individual constitutional rights as American citizens,” said Grassfire national coordinator Darla Dawald in an open invitation to the public to join the Sept. 12 taxpayer march in Washington, D.C. “America is in trouble, the problems and issues are broad and complex and it will take a monumental effort to stop, change and reverse the destructive course that this administration and Congress has put us on. Together, We the People can effect that change!”
On Sept. 10 and 11, the groups will host grass-roots training seminars and Sept. 11 “We’ll Never Forget” memorial. At Freedom Plaza, there will be speakers and music while the crowd gathers at 9 a.m. The taxpayer march down Pennsylvania Avenue is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 and culminate with a rally at 1 p.m. at the west front of the Capitol. An event schedule is available at the National Taxpayer Protest website.
“Obama managed to have 4 million show up at the Capitol grounds,” Dawald told WND. “We need to do the same if not more. The financial situation is dire, but as one gentleman said, ‘If I have to sell my belongings and crawl there, I will – because it’s that important!’”
Tea partiers in Washington D.C. on Independence Day weekend
Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots told WND the groups are focused on “protecting the values and principles that have made America the greatest nation for future generations.”
Brendan Steinhauser of FreedomWorks told WND the movement is gaining momentum as thousands of taxpayers plan trips to Washington to join the fight against big government.
“People want to do this,” he said. “The people who have been protesting around the country want to come to Washington and do this in D.C. In a lot of ways, they are being ignored and the media is underrepresenting them and their numbers. They want to come together for one big event and send a very clear message.”
In his memo, Armey reminded attendees of several Democrats who have called the movement “Astroturf,” saying the crowds do not represent real grass-roots activism.
“They’re saying that your voice doesn’t count and that you will not be heard,” he said. “At the 9-12 Taxpayer March on Washington we have an opportunity to show them just how wrong they are.”