“Where’s the American Dream” asks Protesters
In the second week of the August congressional recess, locals have continued to keep the heat on their representatives and senators to actually start focusing on creating jobs instead of worrying about how many tax cuts to give the wealthy. These stories have largely been absent from the national news media’s consciousness, but as we show in the video, local news stations have been doing a great job around the country actually paying attention to what citizens are saying on the streets.
In Wisconsin, protestors showed up at a luncheon that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was scheduled to attend. (Ryan didn’t leave them a lot of choice to present their views directly to him, as he’s come under fire recently for refusing to hold regular town hall meetings, speaking instead to sympathetic groups that charge money to attend.)
Congressman Ryan says he’s been listening to small businesses. “Small businessmen and women, they’re all telling us ‘stop spending money we don’t have, get government off our backs, deal with regulations, keep taxes low.’ So we can have some certainty. What’s happening is the job creators don’t know what’s going to hit them next from government.”
Protester Mike Peltier says, “Money that could be used to develop individual skills of people who are unemployed being given away to corporations and what we see with that process is some of the companies are just taking their money and running.”
In Virginia, protesters went after Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) for his refusal to back local job creation measures.
They said he voted against backing funding for the St. Elizabeth’s redevelopment project, which would bring about 20,000 jobs to the D.C. area.
“It would’ve been a huge stimulus to the economy,” said Valarie Bachelor of Our DC.
Three of the protesters were unemployed men from Ward 8, in Southeast D.C. which has notoriously high unemployment, the press release noted.
The three men held chains looped around one of their wrists with a different word attached to each chain. Standing together, it read “Wolf Job Killer.”
“I’m here to hold Congressman Wolf accountable,” John Lucas said. “He can do something about it, but he’s sitting on his rump. more