Mark Z. Barabak
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2009

[efoods]Thousands of protesters from across the country gathered at the foot of Pennsylvania Avenue this morning, mustering for a march on the Capitol and a daylong protest against the Obama administration and the president’s ambitious healthcare overhaul plan.

Organizers of the loosely knit coalition of anti-tax, small-government proponents were hoping for a crowd of 25,000 to 50,000, billing the march as the largest gathering of fiscal conservatives in the history of the nation’s capital.

Skies were gray with a few light sprinkles as protesters prepared to step off toward Capitol Hill.

If there was a unifying theme, it was the notion that the federal government, starting with the financial bailout last fall and continuing through the early months of the Obama administration, has grown too big and too intrusive in both the economy and the everyday lives of Americans.

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