Jobs protest staged outside Ellmers' office

Posted August 10, 2011

— Demonstrators picketed the Dunn office of 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers on Wednesday, calling for more federal spending to create jobs.

The debt-ceiling deal Congress passed last week is expected to cut more than $1 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years, and Ellmers says those cuts are just the beginning.

"We wanted much more. We know we needed much more, but we can still continue to cut spending," the freshman Republican said in an interview with WRAL News.

Congressional leaders are appointing a 12-member bipartisan committee to find an additional $1.2 trillion in cuts by the end of this year.

About two dozen demonstrators said they wanted to persuade Ellmers to change her hawkish stance on the U.S. deficit. The nation has a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis, they said, and more spending, such as a public works program to rebuild roads, bridges and schools, could create jobs.

"(We need) something like FDR did back in the 1930s, when he had his Works Progress (Administration) program," said Rohima Miah, a member of the liberal group MoveOn.org. "He put people back to work, and certainly we say we're not in a depression like the 1930s, so why can't we do it now?"

Miah helped organize the protest, along with the AFL-CIO and other left-leaning groups. They argued that the debt-ceiling legislation keeps taxes low for corporations and the wealthy by cutting services that help low- and middle-income people.

Jobs protest staged outside Ellmers' office Jobs protest staged outside Ellmers' office

"They should be standing up saying, 'Tax the rich. Make them pay their fair share,'" demonstrator Agnes Batts said of Congress.

Ellmers wasn't at her office, but she said in a written statement that "I disagree deeply" with the protesters while respecting their opinions.

"Since I first began my campaign for office, I have vowed to put our fiscal house in order and put an end to the wasteful spending that has crippled our economy and brought on the economic nightmare we are now witnessing," she said in the statement.

She maintains that tax increases hurt job creation more than help it, noting the increases proposed by President Barack Obama would target business owners. 

"The only jobs the government creates are government jobs, which the taxpayer pays for," she said. "We have to create private-sector jobs."


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  • signify6644 Aug 12, 2011

    "'Tax the rich. Make them pay their fair share,'" demonstrator Agnes Batts said of Congress."

    Make the welfare mommas pay us back for all the money they get from us.

  • signify6644 Aug 12, 2011

    What part of of "14 trillion dollars debt" don't these moonbats understand

  • silencedogood Aug 11, 2011

    Trickle down works a hell-uv-a lot better than Trickle up!

  • silencedogood Aug 11, 2011

    I am the middle class bud!... and all I want is JOB creation!.. Not a political (financial) handout in some attempt to buy my vote!

  • corgimom06 Aug 11, 2011

    Trickle down doesn't work-shen will people realize this? It didn't work for Reagan, it didn't work for Bush and its not working now.

  • corgimom06 Aug 11, 2011

    Its sad how the GOP has brainwashed many of the middle class and working men and women. Yes, the rich do own corporations and have been termed 'job creators.' However, they have had historically low tax rates for over ten years now with some corps paying no taxes at all. If the corps and 'rich' were going to expand their payroll, they would have already done it. Closing tax loopholes and cutting spending will reduce the deficit, this helps with credit and makes capital easier to get which means more investment. You need to put the money into the hands of the middle class as they are more likely to spend it therefore putting back into the economy and driving demand which will increase hiring. The rich are taking their Bush tax cuts and shipping jobs overseas or its going to off-shore accounts. And because many rich live off capital gains, which has low rates, the rich pay a lower effective tax rate than many in the middle class. The GOP supports the rich, not the middle class.

  • silencedogood Aug 11, 2011

    Do you want the answer?.. CUT, CAP and BALANCE!

  • silencedogood Aug 11, 2011

    I have a (LIBERAL) idea!... lets just print 14 trillion and pay off our debts!

  • silencedogood Aug 11, 2011

    Ok... based on the LIBERAL arguement, Americans are placed in to one of two categories: Rich Americans or Poor Americans?.. Even based on this LIBERAL arguement, who creates jobs?.. The Rich will!.. How many "poor" people have ever given you a job? If you are "rich" right now are you going to rush out and expand your current payroll?.. or wait and see how much the Obama Health Care Plan is going to increase your taxes?...

  • word636 Aug 11, 2011

    You can criticize greedy companies all you want but what good will it do until the government makes doing business in the USA desirable again.

    The fact that america is it's biggest customer base you would think that they would want to make sure that Americans have money to buy their products.But it's that greed that just make them see profits.When America was business friendly, those tax credits & loopholes, is when they started taking their production to other countries.They go to other countries where the health of the citizens surrounding their factors are not an issue because it cost them less to pollute the enivornment then to substain it.they go to other countries that don't have safety regulations for their products because it's cheaper to create a toy that is unsafe then safe.But it's the govt's fault.Do you honestly think those rich "greedy companies" care if you can buy their product tomorrow was long as they get their profits today?