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Ga. Activists Tell Republicans Don’t Hold Middle Class Hostage

Photo by DeLane Adams

A group of union members, community activists and business owners told Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) there is one thing they and most Americans don’t have on their holiday gift list—a tax hike for the middle class and benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, especially as a result of a congressional Republican refusal to make the wealthy pay their fair share that sends the nation over the so-called fiscal cliff.

Outside Woodall’s Lawrenceville office, Jason Pfeifle, field organizer with Georgia Fair Share coalition, said:

Hundreds of citizens and dozens of local leaders have come together in the past few weeks to make one thing clear: This holiday season, the gift no one needs is a tax hike on the middle class.

The group delivered a petition to Woodall’s office, saying that cuts to vital family services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid should not be the Republican ransom demand for asking the rich to pay their fair share. Said DeLane Adams of Georgia State AFL-CIO:   

Republicans are once again demanding benefit cuts to pay for tax cuts and threatening to harm the economy unless they get their way.

Meanwhile, as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Republicans continue to demand massive Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, a new ad from AFSCME, the National Education Association (NEA) and SEIU invokes the classic Christmas film “It’s Wonderful Life” set in the town of Pottersville to portray what life would like in Boehnerville, if the speaker and his cohorts have their way. You can view the ad here.

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