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MoveOn Plans 'Fiscal Showdown' Picket Monday at Hultgren's Geneva Office

The MoveOn political action group plans a "Tax the Wealthy" event at 10 a.m. Monday at 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren's Geneva office at 1797 W. State St.

A political action group is planning to picket Monday in Geneva as part of 162 "Fiscal Showdown" events nationwide asking legislators "to vote to raise taxes on the wealthy to fix the deficit."

MoveOn.org, one of the largest political action committees in the country, is making a local lobbying effort at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Geneva office of Republican 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren. The office is located at 1797 W. State St.

"Congress faces a fiscal choice—not a 'cliff'—about whether to end tax cuts for the rich or cut vital programs and delay tax extensions for working and middle class people," the MoveOn.org website says. "The GOP is holding us hostage again, and we could slide back into a recession if they win."

The group is asking local advocates to sign up for the gathering "to share our stories and let Congress know we won't settle for a bad deal."

"We voted to end tax cuts for the wealthy in November, not let Republicans push us back into a recession by standing in the way and demanding cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security," the website says. "We need to unite Senate Democrats against any cuts to those programs and put the heat on House Republicans for opposing extending tax breaks for 98 percent of us."

The lobbying effort also seeks:

  • No cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.
  • Cut the bloated Pentagon budget.
  • No cuts to our already tattered social safety net.

A local MoveOn member, identified as "Mary S.," is organizing the rally in Geneva.

"We need a massive crowd so that our elected officials and the local press get the message," the website suggests.

According to a CNN report, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday, but no major breakthroughs were made regarding the "fiscal cliff" decision facing Congress prior to the new year, when automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect.

In broad terms, Republicans say Democrats aren't willing to move on entitlement reform while Democrats say Republicans have refused to consider additional taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

"The latest news reports indicate that Republicans are still willing to raise taxes on working families by as much as $2,000, and are proposing devastating benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid," the MoveOn website said.

What a Deal! December 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
@ Jennifer....what Jon is saying is that you tell them both to walk away...but, you called Jon out on all those things, (cyber stalking/bullying, name calling, etc.), but, you give John a free ride, when John started it all by calling Jon a teabagger. If you step back and look at it with open eyes, and mind it should be obvious....like scolding two boys. But you only discipline one, the least favorite boy, while the favorite boy stands in the corner with his hands wagging in his ears and sticking his tongue out at the boy who gets in trouble......nah, nah...you are the teacher no one liked....
Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 04:12 AM
When Jon inserted gay slander he lost my respect. It's hard to stifle that. They are adults not children though not acting so and my heart was in the right place... Trying to get them to stop the bickering was my only purpose.
Jon Azavedo December 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Jennifer is a poster child for the mind-numbing hyperbole used by libs. Lets see, I referenced that Barney Frank is gay---HE IS!!! Then the references to cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking and maintaining that her heart is in the "right place." All tactics used by those with absolutely no defense of their positions, and no cogent thought. Kinda like calling all those who despise Obama and what he has done to our country as "racist." Sickening.
What a Deal! December 13, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Jon, when a liberal is losing an argument and has no defense they usually result to saying something to the effect that you are unreasonable and they refuse to argue with you. Jennifer came to John's rescue and then used the "your a bully" defense and exits, a the same time pointing out she is the Judge of what is acceptable and what isn't...teanagger = OK, gay comments = not OK. Her bias is obvious. I bet John was happy to see her come rescue him from his sorry arguments.
What a Deal! December 13, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I must say I am glad we didn't have the riotous thugs that showed up in Michigan. Though not all these moveon'ers are local. This I know for a fact.

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