UnitedNY went to the Presidential debate to let the candidates know that we don’t want an economy that only works for the 1%. We are tired of proposals to gut Medicare and social security in the name of saving them. We are tired of more of the same policies that got us into this mess and has created the worst inequality since the Great Depression.
Workers from companies owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Mitt Romney founded, came out to tell us of their experience with a Romney Economy. They spoke about minimum wage jobs with little benefits, and factories being shut down and sent overseas all to get more money into the pockets of the 1%. Together we spoke out against Romney and his prioritization of the 1% over working people. Mary Jo Kerr, one of the Sensata employees who partook in the Low Wage Bus Tour, made an emotional plea about the horrors of a Romney-Ryan economy. She told her journey as a Bain employee who watched her job slip from under her like a trapdoor as Bain execs notified her and her peers that their jobs would be shipped to China the second Bain took over. Another Bain employee, Siomara, explained that she endured long hours at her low-wage job without benefits because she “couldn’t just walk away from” her responsibilities, as she had to help support her family and pay rent. She equated her experience to “modern slavery.”
More of the low-wage workers engaged in a question-and-answer session with the Bane puppet, who made a dramatic cameo, informing the crowd that he and Romney are “job cremators” rather than “creators.” The puppet’s antics summarized the Romney-Ryan ticket: arrogant, condescending and with little concern for those who help grow his fortune for little in return. Romney’s vision of the economy is pushing for deregulation, privatization and austerity. These policies hurt working people while making the rich richer. Tuesday, we made it clear that we cannot keep living that way. And we will not stop fighting until the message sticks.