Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Voters Demand that Rep. Bobby Schilling Supports an Economy That Works for the 99% (Moline, Ill) – A diverse group of Quad City area and Peoria residents joined a protest against a Romney Economy on Thursday, as the former governor accepted the GOP nomination. Across the country, activists now calling themselves “99% voters” – low-wage workers, seniors, community activists, students and faith leaders – roundly rejected the 1%-focused Romney Economy in favor of an economy that works for all of us. Just returning from the RNC in Tampa, Cynthia Rivers of Peoria delivered a giant silver spoon, representative of the 1%, to Republican GOP Headquarters today. “In Tampa, the 1% heard us. I’m not sure if it will do any good but we asked them to make the richest 1% pay their fair share of taxes, raise the minimum, and quit cutting our good jobs,” explained Rivers as she taped the giant silver spoon to the Republican Headquarters door. Today’s protest in Moline was a clear message for Mitt Romney and Bobby Schilling to stop outsourcing jobs, stop tax breaks for the rich, coupled with tax hikes for the middle class, stop cuts to education and healthcare funding and stop refusing to raise the minimum wage. Illinois which is, in part, represented by Bobby Schilling is home to 1,238,225 minimum wage workers, who must struggle to provide for their families while Schilling and Romney will increase tax breaks and loopholes for the rich. Parents who have to make the heartbreaking choice between buying groceries or taking a sick child to the doctor know that a Romney Economy will not work for the Quad Cities, Peoria or the country. “We are the 99% and they really do need to give us a minimum raise wage,” lamented Sandra Leathers. “I told them in Tampa and now I’m telling Romney and Schilling again to support the raising of the minimum wage.” Earlier in the week, both Sandra and Leathers, friends for 40 years, traveled to the RNC in Tampa to protest the Romney Economy.
Nationwide and here in the Quad Cities and Peoria, members of the 99% rejected a Romney Economy, welcoming home protesters from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. These voters want: - an increase in the federal minimum wage, - an end to tax breaks for the rich and corporations, - a renewed focus on creating good American jobs instead of layoffs and outsourcing for profit,(Sensata for instance. A Bain company (yes, THAT Bain)Sensata's plant in Freeport, Illinois is slated to close at the end of 2012 and the current employees are being forced to train the new Chinese employees. Bobby Schilling is no place to be found - go figure.) - and a Congress committed to representing all Americans, not just the richest 1%.

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