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Taxpayer March May Become Wet Tea Party

Just don't tell that to the organizers

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    Taxpayer March May Become Wet Tea Party
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    A crowd of people, some carrying signs, are shown during a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. Thousands of protesters have packed streets in the nation's capital to protest what they consider the federal government's out-of-control spending.

    The forecast for Saturday's first-ever Taxpayer March on D.C. is cloudy, wet and a bit cold.

    The organizers behind the march seem to think otherwise. "The day is expected to the HOT (82), HUMID (66%) and BRIGHT (UV index 7)," according to the 09.12.09 March on Washington web site, in its aptly-titled article, "How to be prepared for Saturday."  

    Actually, that looks more like Sunday's forecast, but hey, who are we to protest?

    Encouraged by conservative commentators such as Fox's Glenn Beck and organized virtually on Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites, FreedomWorks -- the main organization behind the event -- predicts the march will constitute "the largest gathering of fiscal conservatives ever," according to USA Today

    The demonstrators have already begun gathering in Freedom Plaza. They are expected to march to the steps of the U.S. Capitol starting at 11:30 a.m. in protest of what they say is a nonstop tax-and-spend agenda on Capitol Hill.

    Between them and the Tea Party Patriots joining the march, it could get hot and humid out there.

    Saturday's march is a culmination of a three-day event that started Thursday morning. More than two dozen conservative organizations have signed on, but some say it's not a political event.

    "This is not a Democrat or Republican thing, this is an American thing," Diane Canney, a founding member of the Valley Forge Patriots Tea Party group, told KYW1060.

    But others disagree.

    Eric Burns of the liberal watchdog group Media Matters told USAToday that the march is part of a "partisan, ongoing campaign to destroy this presidency and any hope of a progressive policy agenda."

    Either way, don't forget to bring your umbrella.