On Wednesday, the American Grassroots Coalition and the Tea Party Express gathered activists on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to stand firm and to keep pressure on Republicans in deficient reduction negotiations.
With a large contingent of reporters on hand, the tea party rally fizzled, as only a few dozen interested citizens showed up. The present activists held signs that read "cut spending" and "no surrender," urging Republicans to hold the line for the "cut, cap and balance" proposal.
Mary Beam says she brought her three children to the rally to teach them a lesson on government and spending. "I brought the kids to teach them that if you spend too much money, you're going to go into debt. And if you want to keep going into more debt, keep spending more money," she explains. "They said, 'That's crazy;' they even know"...