No postage was required on Wednesday, as local faith leaders and activists hand-delivered stacks of postcards to Ohio Senator Rob Portmanâ??s office, calling for an end to Bush tax cuts to the wealthy.
Supporters frustrated with tax breaks to wealthy Americans and the threat of the fiscal cliff, took action by obtaining hundreds of signatures on postcards addressed to Senator Portman. The postcards read:
â??The American people have spoken up for strengthening the middle class, creating opportunity for the least among us, leaders who will put the good of the country before their personal politics, and for a brighter future for all of our families. We do not create a brighter future through tax cuts for the rich or cuts to essential programs in our neighborhoods. We urge you to work cooperatively to create jobs and opportunity, and a secure future for members of our community.â??
A group of about a dozen union workers, faith leaders, and others in the community, held up signs that read, â??Middle Class over Millionairesâ?? and â??Take Action.â??
Kroger employee Tamara Robinson said, â??When youâ??re talking taxes of two to three thousand dollars, thatâ??s like several mortgages, or several car payments.â?? She continued, â??What can you do when your back is against the wall? You canâ??t afford it, itâ??s impossible.â??
Commissioner Pete Gurken joined supporters as they marched down the block to Senator Portmanâ??s office to deliver the postcards. Although Portman was absent, Gurken told supporters a meeting with the senator was necessary.
â??Senator Portman, we need to meet with you directly,â?? Gurken said. â??Weâ??re constituents, you are our senator, our meeting needs to be with you senator.â??
If legislators do not make a decision by January 1, Bush tax cuts for the wealthy will be eliminated.