Right Wing Steps Up Attacks

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On September 12, 2009, over 70,000 people rallied in Washington, D.C., in support of the so-called “9/12 Movement.” This right-wing, anti-tax “movement” is the brainchild of Fox “News” demagogue Glenn Beck. For weeks prior to the rally, both Beck and the Fox network relentlessly promoted this event as a “grassroots” movement of patriotic Americans who are concerned with the economic policies of the Obama administration.

Upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that this rally was not the product of a grassroots movement at all. Rather, it was the product of a well-funded corporate campaign organized by right-wing forces opposed to all forms of health care reform, progressive taxation and unemployment relief.

The primary sponsors of the event were “FreedomWorks” and “Americans for Prosperity.” FreedomWorks is a corporate front group that has received millions of dollars in funding from companies like General Electric and General Motors. (Commoncause.org) FreedomWorks is chaired by former House majority leader Dick Armey, a self-described “free-market economist” who was instrumental in derailing the Clinton health care reform effort during the early 1990s.

Americans for Prosperity is a front group for petroleum interests and is chaired by David H. Koch of Koch Industries. Koch Industries is a large conglomerate with interests in the petrochemical and commodities trading industries. It is the second largest privately held company in the United States, with annual revenues of about $100 billion, (Hoovers.com).