As Washington moves to pass a bill that will raise the nation's debt ceiling but fails to protect the middle class, local residents will gather Tuesday at noon outside U.S. Senator Richard Burr's office to protest the Republican Party’s attempt to squeeze the majority of Americans—and the American Dream—to maintain billions in tax giveaways for millionaires, billionaires, and our nation’s most profitable corporations.
The debt deal, currently moving in Washington, will force deep cuts to important programs that protect the middle class, but it asks nothing of big corporations and millionaires. And though it does not require cuts to Medicare, Social Security, or Medicaid benefits, it opens the door for these down the road via an unaccountable congressional committee.
"What we have seen the last few days in Washington is exactly why people in our community, and all over the nation, are saying enough is enough," said Randy Bernard, a local MoveOn member. Senator Burr and the other Republicans in Washington held our whole economy hostage simply to advance their ideological agenda. We are now stuck with a deal that protects millionaires and billionaires but fails to help everyday Americans like us. It’s time for Senator Burr to stand up for the American Dream and protect the middle class."
The protest will take part on Tuesday at noon at the Federal Building, 100 Otis St.
The rallies this week are being organized by the new American Dream Movement. Last Tuesday, 800 similar rallies were held across the country. The American Dream Movement is a growing effort inspired by protests in Wisconsin and fueled by the brutal right-wing attacks on the middle class and the poor. MoveOn.org, along with over 60 organizations, have joined the American Dream Movement to fight to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to find a decent job, afford to go to college, and secure a future for their children and their communities.