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Protesters stand for What- Exactly? September 14, 2009

Posted by Bill in barack obama, Obama, Politics.
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So depending on who you listen to, 60,000 – 70,000 people (according to a statement issued by ABC News disputing claims that it had earlier stated 1 to 1.5 million) or 1 -1.5 million (the number held to by Freedomworks, the group that organized the event and a group that has every incentive to stick with the higher number no matter the facts) marched on Washington to protest government spending.

Protesters were there ostensibly to complain about government spending, although one has to wonder where all these people were when George Dubya Bush was building up the deficit and sinking the country further into debt. They sure weren’t protesting government spending then!

One brilliant guy, Richard Brigle said health care needs to be reformed, but not according to Obama’s plan.  “My grandkids are going to be paying for this. It’s going to cost too much money that we don’t have.” Sweetie, I got news for you– your grandkids are going to be paying for Dubya’s war for a LONG time. And they’re going to be paying for the government bailout that had to be enacted because of Dubya’s economic policies for a LONG time.

There’s an old saying– if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Let’s hear some ideas from the other side about how to fix the health care system. We know what they are against (anything proposed by Obama.) Let’s hear what they are for.



1. IRAQ_WAR_VETERAN - September 14, 2009

Facts!!!??? you are a spineless fool……………. Over a mile long, every side street, covering the capital,WE SHUT DC DOWN!!!

Dindy - September 14, 2009

I’m so impressed by the courtesy in your comment. It makes me want to believe absolutely everything you say.

Freedomworks has cut its estimate by half:

Other sites are still holding to the number tweeted by the DC Police at 11:43 Am which was 60,000-75,000.

From the Politofact Truth-o-meter:
“Pete Piringer, public affairs officer for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Department, said the local government no longer provides official crowd estimates because they can become politicized. But the day of the rally, Piringer unofficially told one reporter that he thought between 60,000 and 75,000 people had shown up.

“It was in no way an official estimate,” he said.

“We asked Piringer whether there were enough protesters to fill the National Mall, as depicted in the photograph.

““It was an impressive crowd,” he said. But after marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, the crowd “only filled the Capitol grounds, maybe up to Third Street,” he said.”

A photo that has been widely touted as having been taken at the event was revealed to have been taken earlier at a Promise Keepers event:
“There’s another problem with the photograph: It doesn’t include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth Street and Independence Avenue that opened on Sept. 14, 2004. (Looking at the photograph, the building should be in the upper right hand corner of the National Mall, next to the Air and Space Museum.) That means the picture was taken before the museum opened exactly five years ago. So clearly the photo doesn’t show the “tea party” crowd from the Sept. 12 protest.

“Also worth noting are the cranes in front of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. According to Randall Kremer, the museum’s director of public affairs, “The last time cranes were in front was in the 1990s when the IMAX theater was being built.”

“It appears that the photo was actually taken in 1997 at a rally for Promise Keepers, a group for Christian men. According to the group’s Web site, nearly 1 million people attended the event. Photos of the Oct. 4, 1997, event that were posted on various Web sites in 2003, 2008 and earlier this year show either the same picture or a similar photo that has identical tents and what appear to be TV screens in the same locations.”

2. IRAQ_WAR_VETERAN - September 14, 2009

Grandkids will be paying for W’s war for a long time is your come-back to that one??.. That war cost a billion dollars a months….( actually still within there yearly budget) You obviously do not know how many billions are in 27 TRILLION DOLLARS DO YA!? Which is how much Obama and the dem’s and republicans have already RAPED us for since he took office!! Get yours facts straight before you open your twinkie eater!!

Dindy - September 14, 2009

Once again I am so impressed by your courtesy. What a real charmer you are!

And where, pray tell, did you get your 27 trillion dollar figure? Health Care Reform, if it passes, will cost about $1 trillion over the next ten years. The Iraq/Afghanistan War, if the $130 billion requested in the 2010 budget is approved, will have cost a little over $1 trillion in the 9 years since 9/11.

So it’s all about your priorities isn’t it dear? You evidently prefer that your grandchildren go without health care while they are paying the bills for bombing the hell out of a Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. I’m sure the kiddies appreciate your concern for their well-being.

And let me remind you– in case you have forgotten, the first bailout was engineered by George Dubya Bush BEFORE he left office. He couldn’t get out the national checkbook fast enough to help his corporate buddies now could he? However, you are right about one thing. Our grandchildren will be paying for the bailouts– necessitated by Dubya’s failed economic policies– for a long, long, long time. Yeah, I’m pissed about that too. But I didn’t vote for him dearie. Somehow I’m betting you did.

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