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Protest At King’s Office

While discussions over the looming fiscal cliff were ongoing in Washington D.C., a group of local residents brought the debate to Massapequa Park. On the Wednesday before Christmas, protestors gathered outside U.S. Representative Peter King’s Park Boulevard office to call for an end to the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest portion of the population. The group, which called themselves A Strong Economy For All, also protested potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

“The holiday season is upon us and all we want is a fair tax plan,” said Charles Khan, one of the organizers of the protest. “There’s a lot of people that depend on Medicare and Social Security for their livelihood. We think it’s the right time to talk about cutting. One thing we learned from the past election is that we want middle class tax cuts but not tax cuts for millionaires.”

The protestors wanted their message to be heard. Therefore, they carried picket signs calling for an increase of taxes on the wealthy but a decrease for the middle class. They also held signs protesting any cuts to social services. It was a cold, windy day, but the group was undeterred in their effort. With Park Boulevard decked out for the holidays, protesters capitalized on the theme, labeling the congressman, “Scrooge.”

King does not yet represent some of the protesters. Because of new Congressional District lines that were drawn because of the 2010 census, a significant portion of the area that King represents will differ come January. Some of his soon to be constituents are not giving him the warmest of welcomes.

“We want him to know that his new and old constituents are united in favor of middle class tax cuts but not for the top 2 percent,” said Kahn.

In response to the protest, Congressman King issued the following statement:

“Everyone is entitled to protest. My obligation is to the voters of my district and that is to keep taxes as low as possible for as many people as possible. I don’t engage in class warfare.”