By Doug Cunningham
Protests around the nation against “Mr. 1 %” and the economy he would bring to working America were timed to coincide with the day Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination to run for president. Stand-Up Chicago’s Elizabeth Parisan was among the activists, workers, clergy people and students who protested at Republican headquarters in Chicago.
[Elizabeth Parisian]: “The jobs that Mitt Romney doesn’t outsource are, you know – the wages are going down, people are getting fewer and fewer hours, no benefits. And our message is that a Romney economy doesn’t work for working families. It’s not good for America. And so we’re coming out across the country to deliver that exact message. We don’t want a Romney economy.”
The protests against a Romney economy oppose his model of so-called economic success – outsourcing, tax breaks for the rich while increasing the tax burden of the middle class, the destruction of popular social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security, and the low-road, minimum-wage jobs that are the signature of many Bain Capital-owned companies. Armand Greer is a server and bartender earning $4.95 an hour plus tips. He says that Romney’s economics won’t help him or other workers. And urges all working people not to vote for an economy that hurts workers.
[Armand Greer]: “I see the economic plan that Romney and Ryan are pushing out there and there’s nothing in there that actually benefits the working and middle class. If you’re definitely for the working and middle classes and if you want a fair livable wage for everyone in this country and not just profits for the one percent, come November vote for the person that is best in your interest.”