Ryan protests continue, with Bryce arrested
Demonstrations near House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Racine office are a frequent occurrence, and they’re ratcheting up as the November mid-term elections approach.
March 5 and March 6 featured backto-back actions targeting the 1st District congressman.
Ryan’s two Democratic challengers, Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers, were among about two dozen people arrested at the March 5 demonstration for blocking traffic on Main Street near Ryan’s office.
Voces de la Frontera organized the event to call on Ryan to allow a vote on permanent legislation for young immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program technically expired on March 5, leaving an estimated 3.6 million DREAMers — people who were brought to U.S. as children — in an uncertain situation.
On a slushy, blustery March 6, a handful of people gathered at Racine’s Monument Square to call out Congressional Republicans for being too chicken to oppose raising taxes on middle-class families in order to give billions to their wealthy donors.
The event, which featured a 30-foot inflatable “Tax March Chicken,” is part of the Patriotic Millionaires’ 100-day NOT ONE PENNY national tour, which is providing a stage for local elected officials and citizens to talk about the recently enacted Republican tax plan.
Prior to the rally, Patriotic Millionaires sent out a statement saying that the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy researched the Tax Cuts and Jobs Plan and discovered that richer Wisconsinites will receive large tax cuts while taxes will increase for lower and middle-income families.
Among those who spoke was Democratic state Sen. Bob Wirch, who said that voters will not be happy once they learn the details of the new law. He warned of a backlash when “there’s a thorough debate on the consequences of this tax cut bill and deficit, and people find out about the cuts to Social Security and to Medicare.”
Wirch also took the GOP to task for its hypocrisy on the federal deficit. “The Republicans for eight years criticized Obama for the deficit,” he said. “As soon as they got in, they passed this tax bill that
Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce was among 23 protesters arrested March 5 near House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Racine office.