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VIDEO UPDATE: As Clock Ticks for 'Fiscal Cliff,' Demonstrators Gather at Hultgren's Office to Demand Answers

A peaceful demonstration Monday at Congressman Randy Hultgren's office in Geneva centers on keeping Social Security and Medicare from falling off a fiscal cliff that could happen in 22 days.

With 22 days remaining before $600 billion automatic tax increases and spending cuts kick in, demonstrators flocked Monday morning to U.S. Congressman Randy Hultgren's office in Geneva to tell Hultgren to keep Medicare and Social Security off the table.

"I'm just totally irritated that somehow the fiscal bump in the road has become a fiscal cliff," said Jean Pierce of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva. "And I'd like Hultgren to understand that there are a lot of seniors in his district who vote."

Demonstrators discussed a range of issues, from wind energy to the state of the economy to election promises, but the primary issue centered on protecting Medicare and Social Security in the context of lawmakers' solutions to the pending, so-called fiscal cliff.

The "Fiscal Showdown" event in Geneva was one of more than 160 similar events taking places across the nation Monday and promoted by MoveOn.org, one of the largest political action committees in the country

Carrying signs that said "Protect Medicare Security for the Elderly," "Austerity Doesn't Work" and "Be Brave, Don't Cave," about 40 people demonstrated peacefully front of Hultgren's office, without any counter rally or statements from Hultgren's staff.

The local rally was put together by Mary Shesgreen of the Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice, an organization that supported a similar action at Sen. Dick Dubin's office on Dec. 6. Today's event was titled "Tax the Wealthy to Fix the Deficit."

Protesters spoke in turn, offering reasons they were attending the rally, which began at around 10 a.m.

"We need to get wage equality," said one Geneva resident. "What we're doing now with the CEOs getting 200 times what the person on the factory floor gets is ridiculous. It didn't used to be like that. We need to change it."

"I'm a working cement mason, and I would like to keep working," one woman said. "The last couple years have been pretty shaky for me as far as construction work, which is in the toilet, but I do see the light at the end of the tunnel and I want to continue to see the light at the end of the tunnel."

"I depend on my 401K, and on my Social Security and Medicare, and I don't think of those two things as entitlements," another woman said. "Those are things I've been paying for."

Hultgren recently tweeted that his Facebook page is becoming a discussion board on the fiscal cliff. 

President Barack Obama met privately with House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday at the White House, but Obama set out Monday on a campaign-style rally to tour Daimler's Detroit Diesel Corporation in Michigan, according to CBS News.

Jon Azavedo December 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Ah, Matilda, once again, you decide to be judge and jury, claiming that I am a "hate monger" for voicing an opinion. BTW, thanks for monitoring my time on this board. I simply had no idea that those who have been paying taxes, employing neighbors and contributing anonymously to the community were hated by you and others. Holding a rally demanding that hard-working successful employers pay even more? It shows that you have no hope of ever being successful, resigning yourself to a sad life of mediocrity, knowing that you will never have to pay your "fair share." Here's the unintended consequence-we're finished letting you ride our coattails. I owe nothing to a community that despises me. The gravy train you failed to recognize is over. Your impromptu little gathering simply emphasized the bitterness small-minded people like you harbor against life's winners. Pay your own way, Matilda, no more leaching.
Matilda B December 15, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Jon, there is a difference between opinion, distortion and lies. You have expressed not opinion but gave accusations as to whether I have a job. You have accuse me of being a leech. You have no data to support this. You really look foolish. Nothing you say has any truth or validity. And yes, you spew hate
Jon Azavedo December 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Matilda, you ARE a leech if you pay less in taxes for the same services. You have been subsidized, willingly, for years, by myself and others. Thank you for the protest, for the blatant hatred you have for those who have made your life easier. The free ride is over.
Matilda B December 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Jon, Love your fantasy about me. If you knew the truth you might be embarrassed. You are not living in reality. I don't know how you can call me a leech when you know absolutely nothing about me. For all I know, you are the leech. Actually, that's probably closer to the truth
Jon Azavedo December 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Matilda, I know that anyone who subscribes to the idea of "Tax the wealthy to fix the deficit" is not only hateful, but stupid. Please explain in detail what "wage equality" is, feel free to use the terms "theft" and "redistribution" freely. BTW, don't know if you've heard yet, Caterpillar in Aurora and Belvidere are cutting all wage workers to 27 hour weeks to avoid Nobamacare. The free ride train is off the tracks, don't let the caboose hit you in yours.....

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