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Fiscal Conservatives Plan ‘Largest Gathering Ever’
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Fiscal Conservatives Plan ‘Largest Gathering Ever’

BY Katharine Q. Seelye

A demonstration against government spending and “socialized health care” planned for Sept. 12 in Washington could become “the largest gathering of fiscal conservatives ever,” organizers said on Thursday. Among the sponsors of the march is FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group that was instrumental in fueling opposition to a health care overhaul at town hall-style meetings this summer. The National Taxpayers Union and the Tea Party Patriots are also major sponsors. The groups began building momentum earlier this year with opposition to President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan and bank bailouts. Over the summer, their opposition to big government spending found an outlet at the health-care town halls. Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks, said that the groups had started planning the protest and obtaining permits last February, realizing that Congress would be returning to Washington this month and taking up major legislation, including health care. “Health care has always been one of our primary focuses, and we guessed right about the timing,” he said in an interview. “It is emblematic of this broader theme about spending money we don’t have and the government getting involved in things it has had no success on.” Asked if Medicare was not a success, Mr. Kibbe said it was underfunded, broken and financially unsustainable. Organizers said in a conference call that they expected tens of thousands of people at the march but could not predict a number because many demonstrators planned to come on their own. They also said that the crowds were not being “ginned up.” “All we’ve done is create the space for these guys to show up,” Mr. Kibbe said. “If they aren’t angry enough to pay their own way, we couldn’t gin it up.” Andrew Moylan of National Taxpayers Union said that his group had been around for 40 years and only now were thousands of new people responding to the movement. “The story of this is that it’s not just conservatives anymore, who were always concerned about this,” he said. “It’s the story of the disaffected moderates who have had it up to here with the actions in Washington.” Adam Brandon, a spokesman for FreedomWorks, predicted this would be the largest gathering ever of fiscal conservatives, distinct from the social conservatives who have organized major events around issues like abortion and gun rights. Fiscal conservatives, he said, had never really gathered in groups of more than a couple of thousand. “This is the beginning of a big tent on our side,” he said.

09/11/2009
My 9/11
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My 9/11

[These are my recollections as best I can recall. You can imagine that between the chaos and the years, some details may be slightly incorrect…but only slightly.] Eight years ago today, I was sitting in my office in Chicago when I saw news of an airplane hitting one of the World Trade Center buildings. My company’s New York office was just a few blocks away (at Rector and Trinity), with my partners, employees, and friends preparing for another trading day.

09/11/2009
Alternative Health Care Bills
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Alternative Health Care Bills

  Here at FreedomWorks, we believe that it is vital to the health care debate that every idea for reform be considered by every member of Congress.  Much of the popular rhetoric being spread throughout the nation may lead the public to believe that H.R.

09/10/2009
Liberty Summit Officially Awesome
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Liberty Summit Officially Awesome

Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma helped kick off the Liberty Summit this morning over at the D.C. Armory.  Over 1500 people turned out for a great event.  Check out the video and pictures below. One caveat, I was running around all morning and didn't have a chance to take many pictures, but pictures from real photographers and a full report will be coming soon.

09/10/2009
Supreme Court takes a hard look at McCain-Feingold
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Supreme Court takes a hard look at McCain-Feingold

As I mentioned yesterday, Barack Obama’s rebranding of his health care snake oil wasn’t the only important event of the day.  (I may or may not get around to writing about that. It strikes me that lots of other people are doing a fine job with it.  I recommend THIS article and THIS article for those of you who need an antidote to the dominant liberal media’s fawning coverage.)

09/10/2009
Ouch! Hurricane Camille (Paglia) Strikes Democrats...Again
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Ouch! Hurricane Camille (Paglia) Strikes Democrats...Again

Although her fellow Democrats will no doubt dismiss Camille Paglia's latest diatribe regarding the sorry state of intellectual honesty on the Left, they would be wise to heed her words. Paglia offers a damning articulation of the dissatisfaction so many Americans feel toward Big Government and those that shill for it. Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans?

09/09/2009
FHA in Financial Hot Water?
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FHA in Financial Hot Water?

Friday’s Wall Street Journal features an article outlining concerns over the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) financial viability.  The article points out that FHA currently insures 23 percent of the loans in the housing market up from 2.7 percent in 2006.  7.8 percent of FHA loans at the end of the second quarter were 90 days late or more or in default.   Federal law says the FHA must maintain reserves equal to 2 percent of the loans insured and the ratio has fallen to 3 percent last year down from 6.4 percent in 2007.

09/08/2009
"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists
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"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a video for the contest. We had a number of fantastic entries. Below are the four finalists in no particular order.Please check them out and leave comments about your favorite. We'll announce the winners tomorrow.Thanks again for your participation and don't forget to be in D.C on Saturday! 

09/08/2009
Obama's speech to students
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Obama's speech to students

After receiving much unflattering attention, President Barack Obama will broadcast a message to America’s primary school students today.  And while the White House is calling opposition to Obama’s message “silly” (along with Obama proxies like the NY Times’ Thomas Friedman who called the outcry “just stupid"), the tempest is understandable.

09/08/2009
A czar too far
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A czar too far

Late Saturday night, Obama’s “Green Jobs” czar, avowed communist, and “9/11 truther” (part of a group that suspects that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US government), Van Jones, resigned from his Obama Administration job. Some on the left, such as Howard Dean, are saying Jones was the victim of a smear attack. But even the White House knew better, offering the most tepid support of Jones in the days leading up to his resignation. What we need to be focusing on here, however, is not Jones, but two other key facts:

09/08/2009

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