On Thursday, November 29th, Springfield residents visited Rep. Aaron Schock’s Springfield office to demand he protect a middle class tax cut and protect Medicare and Medicaid. A recent poll reported that the public sees the looming “fiscal cliff” as a serious crisis for the nation, yet Republicans, like Schock, are still willing to increase taxes on the middle class and are even willing to cut vital social services in order to preserve tax breaks for the wealthiest 2%.
“I went to my Congressman’s office today to ask him to support middle class tax cuts and close the tax loopholes on the wealthiest 2%. I want them to leave Medicare and Medicaid off the table because people have worked their entire lives for this and they should not try to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class,” said local resident Marcus Parker.
Congress faces serious choices before the end of the year. Will it make disastrous cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, childcare, special education and other vital public services that our communities rely on or will it take an approach that puts job creation first? Most people agree that Congress should focus on middle class tax cuts, let the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire and close tax loopholes that only benefit the ‘super rich’.
Residents dressed-up as Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and illustrated the cuts Republicans want to make by creating giant cardboard scissors to mock cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid in half. Participating residents in this action also asked voters, passing by, to sign a petition asking Rep. Schock to create jobs and grow the economy; stand firm on the middle-class tax cuts and let the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy 2% expire.
On Election Day, Tom Gaulrapp is going to get up in the morning, go vote, and then sign up for unemployment compensation for the first time in his life.
When the workers of Sensata Technologies—a Bain Capital-owned company that Mitt Romney still profits from—found out their jobs are going to China, they realized Romney’s pledge to protect American workers was an empty one.
The workers in Freeport, Illinois know firsthand what a Romney Economy means for America. Hundreds will be out of work this November because of it. And they’re hoping you keep them in mind when you cast your ballot for president.
Mitt Romney says he’s going to be “tough on China” as president and create 12 million jobs, but he’s refused to help Sensata workers. So why would it be any different for other American workers if he were CEO of this country?
Sensata has made a hefty profit the last few years — and more than $41 million in the third quarter of 2012 alone. Bain has quadrupled its investment in the company. Romney and Bain have a backwards way of saying thanks to the workers who made that possible.
Bain Capital has even flown in Chinese workers to be trained by the Americans they’re replacing.
Mitt Romney has shifted over $700,000 in personally-owned Sensata stock to a private foundation in order to avoid paying taxes on the company’s growth and success.
Thursday evening, 99% activists from Peoria and the Quad Cities braved the wind, the rain, and the cold for nearly 2 hours to support Bustos outside of a debate. More than 50 activists chanted and cheered for the candidate who says she’ll fight for jobs, stop cuts to services, and end tax breaks for millionaires.
Working-class families need representatives in Washington who understand working-class values. In Illinois 13th Congressional District, that candidate is Dr. David Gill.
Gill is an emergency room doctor who comes from a middle-class family. He worked his way through high school, college, and medical school and has promised to carry those same values with him to Washington.
We’ve been brining you the story of Sensata workers and bad politicians who support things like outsourcing. But there’s another side—and that’s the story of politicians who care about working families.
One of those politicians is Cheri Bustos. Bustos is running for Congress in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. If elected, she’ll represent the good people of Freeport and The Quad Cities.
Time and time again, Bustos has stood up to support working families and Friday was no exception. Cheri was featured on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, which filmed live in Freeport, and on national television stood up for Sensata workers.
This is a far cry from her opponent, Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) who turned his back when Sensata worker Tom Gaulrapp asked a question. Schilling has a strong record of supporting the 1%. He voted against the Bring Jobs Home Act and voted to cut billions from job training programs what would help the unemployed and underemployed.
For months, we’ve been bringing you the story of the Sensata workers of Freeport, Illinois. Sensata Technologies is a profitable Bain-owned company. However, Bain decided to outsource 174 good, American jobs to China, just so those at the top can make a few extra dollars. Romney himself stands to profit from the job loss.
The story is taking the nation by storm. Take a look:
The Ed Show (watch the full episode, live from Freeport, here:
Working families in Illinois have had enough and yesterday, October 18, they let Rep. Bobby Schilling know exactly how they feel.
Activists gathered outside of a fancy fundraiser Schilling held in Colona and presented their Congressman with a thank you gift—sort of. The stick-it-to-the-man gesture came in the form of a giant silver spoon, representative of the fact that Schilling caters only to the richest 1%.
Schilling, who is running for re-election in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, voted in favor of the Romney-Ryan Budget, supports outsourcing, and voted to cut more than $2 billion from job training programs.
The Congressman’s VIP fundraiser featured Speaker of the House John Boehner and Former Speaker Dennis Hastert, other politicians who also have a reputation for supporting the 1% at the expense of working families.
“Bobby Schilling and John Boehner have a clear record of supporting the 1% and ignoring the 99%. That’s not right,” said Rock Island resident Janet Clark. “That’s why I’m voting for Cheri Bustos for Congress. She will work for the middle class and keep jobs here in Illinois.”
Cheri Bustos is running for Congress in Illinois’ 17th Congressional district. She hasn’t even been elected to Washington, but she’s already doing more for working families in Illinois than her incumbent counterpart, Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL). How, you ask? Cheri visited Bainport, a tent city that’s now home to 174 workers in Freeport, Ill. who will lose their jobs to outsourcing early next month.
Just a campaign gimmick you say? Think again.
Earlier this year, Sensata workers delivered a petition to Schilling with more than 1,000 signatures asking that he support the Bring Jobs Home Act. Schilling turned his back on Sensata workers by refusing to back the legislation.
One of the workers Bustos is visiting with is Tom Gaulrapp, the same man who asked Schilling if he would support legislation that would end outsourcing. Schilling dodged the question, but his campaign manager wasn’t so shy. In a video, Terry Schilling can clearly be heard saying “he doesn’t support that legislation.”
Unlike Schilling, Bustos has pledged to support the middle class and fight against outsourcing in Illinois by giving tax breaks to companies that create good jobs in America.
When Mary Jo Kerr found out that a company that Mitt Romney is profiting from is sending her job to China—and that Mitt isn’t doing anything about it—she realized that maybe she shouldn’t take him at his word.
Mitt says he’s going to be “tough on China” as president, but the Sensata workers know that he can do that right now—and save their good American jobs with just one phone call.
A new video shows us what Romney’s plan for American really means. The presidential candidate says that, if elected, he’ll run the country like he ran his private equity business, Bain Capital. As the workers in Freeport, Ill. are learning, that means nothing more than losing good, family-sustaining jobs in favor of minimum wage jobs that aren’t enough to get by on.
Freeport is home to Sensata Technologies, a profitable Bain-owned company. Bain decided to outsource 174 good, American just so those at the top can make a few extra dollars. Romney himself stands to profit from the job loss.
This video examines what will happen to those left without jobs in Freeport,and how workers in China—where the jobs are being sent—are treated.Both pictures are dismal at best.
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