A group of workers, labor leaders and community members gathered outside Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Manchester office on Thursday, January 31st for a high-stakes game of safety net roulette. Demanding that fringe Republicans in Congress stop holding the economy hostage to their own radical agenda, they called on Senator Ayotte to close tax loopholes for Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans instead of cutting Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare for families.
Participants delivered an invitation to Senator Ayotte to try her hand at a roulette wheel set up outside her office, offering her a choice of red chips, representing safety net programs like Medicaid, or black chips, representing outsized tax breaks and loopholes for corporations.
“We want our elected leaders to address the real problems facing our economy,” said Charles Balban, retiree and president of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans. “Demanding benefit cuts to programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, just so that corporations and the richest 2% don’t pay their fair share, isn’t the right way to go. Republicans in Congress need to stop holding the middle class hostage to their radical agenda.”
“Tens of thousands of Granite Staters depend on safety net programs, yet our elected leaders are still choosing to use them as bargaining chips in negotiations over the deficit,” said New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie. “It’s time for our elected officials to stop gambling with our future, stop making drastic cuts to the services their constituents need to get back on their feet, and close tax loopholes that only further benefit the wealthy and corporations.”Image from NH AFL-CIO (Nora Fredrickson)