Mo Brooks wanted people to come to his town hall meeting and they did. Not just members of the South Huntsville Civic Association either, but also Occupy Huntsville participants and other skeptics of Mo's brand supply side economic “conservatism.”
“There won't be any protesting, we have no signs,” said Mark Jones, an engineer from Huntsville who brought a list of questions for the group to ask. “We don't want a fight. We want a level playing field.”
The first woman in line asked why the government does not close corporate tax loopholes, allowing Brooks to make his oft-repeated point that increasing taxes on businesses and the wealthy hurts jobs.
When the woman began to press her point, the crowd grew noisy, with some shouting “Next!” to get her to step away from the microphone. That scene repeated itself several times throughout the evening as some in line challenged Brooks on his answers.
WHNT has some video of the Brooks town hall — notice how Brooks asks if a questioner's mic can be turned off? Very classy, Congressman.
The best response Mo could muster was that the folks who asked him tough questions about wealth redistribution and excessive tax breaks for corporations and the ultra-rich “are uninformed.”
Wrong. Thirty years of experimentation on our economy has proved that tax cuts for the rich don't trickle down and they don't create jobs. What those tax cuts do is redistribute wealth from the middle class to the 1%ers and strangle the American Dream that hard work will be rewarded by success.
If you want to be informed (with real facts, not conservative Kool-Aid) in case you meet Rep. Brooks cruising the aisles in the Jones Valley Target, check out these economic charts from Mother Jones. Excerpts below the fold.
The superrich have grabbed the bulk of the past three decades' gains.
How much income have you given up for the top 1 percent?