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Middle Class Iowans in Ames to Deliver Letters and Petitions From Over 450 Iowans to Tom Latham


This news story was published on December 18, 2012.
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Ames, Iowa – Today, December 18th at 12:30 p.m., Progress Iowa and local activists will join Iowa taxpayers at Rep. Tom Latham’s office in Ames to deliver letters and petitions from over 450 Iowans in support of tax fairness. As Rep. Latham’s staff moves out of his Ames office today, before the end of the lame duck session, volunteers will wish him farewell and deliver a holiday card telling Latham to “make it onto Santa’s list” by ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent.

The event is part of a statewide series of petition deliveries which also include events outside the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Waterloo, and Sioux City on Thursday. These and other events are being organized across the country in partnership with national coalition The Action.

“Rep. Latham seems content to stand on the sidelines while many of his colleagues are finally standing up for the middle-class. Instead of moving out of his Ames office before his term in the 4th district actually ends, he should be calling for an end to tax cuts for the wealthiest two-percent of Americans,” said Matt Denner, an organizer with Progress Iowa. “We’re joining with Iowa taxpayers to tell Latham his current constituents want him to quit treating Medicare, Social Security, and our social safety net like bargaining chips, and act now for tax fairness, especially if he wants to make Santa’s list.”

Progress Iowa is working in conjunction with AFSCME Iowa Council 61, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Working Families Win, SEIU Local 199, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, and Citizens for a Healthy Iowa to organize events this week and in the coming weeks with a focus on tax fairness and the “fiscal cliff.”

Middle class Iowans are gathering in Ames and around the country to tell Congress: “It’s time to set our priorities straight–tax cuts for the wealthy means fewer Pell Grants, cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits, and more kids shoved into crowded classrooms.”

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7 Responses to Middle Class Iowans in Ames to Deliver Letters and Petitions From Over 450 Iowans to Tom Latham

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    bodacious Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    When are you 4 guys (4ever, LVS, UNrealFred, Bobg) seceding and forming your own newer, better world? Better yet, why don’t you?

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      happyguy Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Dido There are a couple other on here that could also join them

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      Bobby G Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      You forgot about the other %99 percent that think the same way. Why don’t you join them and do us all a favor.

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    Bobby G Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Lock them all up when they get there. And through the key away.

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    TheRealFred Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    “Progress Iowa and local activists,” man this website is turning into a real mouthpiece for those radical liberal hatemongers.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Just another political article by a socialist rag.

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    4ever49 Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Progress Iowa – why don’t you get AFSCME, SEIU & AFL-CIO members to pony up by reducing their contract demands and switch their pension benefits from defined benefit to defined contribution available after 30 years instead of 20?
    Since when does the average taxpayer owe them an outcome that outpaces their own situations?
    Let’s get real as to where your bread is buttered.