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Anti-Romney protest breaks out in West Palm ahead of nomination speech

by Andrew Abramson | August 30th, 2012

"Mitt Romney" at West Palm protest

 

Echoing the Occupy movement, protesters took to the street in West Palm Beach this afternoon rallying against the 1 percent and the war they say is being lodged against the lower and middle classes.

But this time the protesters had clear targets: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

It was no coincidence that more than 30 protesters showed up to the corner of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Forum Way on the day that Romney will accept the Republican nomination for president.

The protest, organized by Stand Up Florida, The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and the Service Employees International Union, brought out protesters holding banners that read “Romney economy creates poverty,” “Ruthless Non-Regulated Corruption (RNC),” and “Women will remember in November.”

Protesters chanted, “Can’t pay my bills, can’t pay my rent, nothing never trickles from the 1 percent.”

“They are up there at the convention lying and creating a fantasy land,” said Tony Fransetta, president of Florida Alliance for Retired Americans.

Frank Angel, a retired plant worker from Illinois now living in Boca Raton, wore his “I (heart) Obamacare shirt.”

“Ryan said last night, and it was a flat out lie, that a plant closed under Obama when it was under the Bush administration,” Angel said. “To blame him for something he had nothing to do with is flat out lying.”

Barbara Phillippi of Wellington said she was there to support women.

“I’m proud to say that women stopped being cattle in the United States years ago,” Phillippi said. “But we are heading that way again. The Romney/Ryan administration will make a concentrated effort to take away a women’s right to choose. Next up is birth control.”

The protesters planned to stage a play this afternoon. They gave a sneak preview with a man dressed up in a Romney mask wearing a crown and a “King of Poverty” sash running around shouting, “Where’s my money?”

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16 Responses to “Anti-Romney protest breaks out in West Palm ahead of nomination speech”

  1. stu bum Says:

    Get a life! Or better yet…GET A JOB! Nothing but a bunch of unemplyed idiots involved in this stuff!

  2. Go Away Says:

    I work in the building they were protesting in front of. Thanks for causing such a loud disturbance while I was working to pay my bills and my rent.

  3. Lord of Misrule Says:

    Obama-nomics = “Helter-Skelter,” and its coming down fast…

  4. Dee Says:

    I wish I could have been there.
    Re-elect OBAMA 2012
    Hillary 2016

  5. Repubtallygirl Says:

    Frank Angel, quit being a sheep man.

    National Review’s Henry Payne:

    His liberal media allies were quick to pounce on Ryan’s comments. “GM stopped production at its Janesville, Wisconsin production facility in 2008, when George W. Bush was still president,” barked the Daily Kos, filling in Ryan’s obvious blank (true enough, unfriendly-to-Detroit-truck mpg laws are also the legacy of George “We’re Addicted to Oil” Bush).
    But the Left misses the point. Under Obamanomics, the government picks winners and losers. Obama promised Janesville would be a winner even as his economic policies guaranteed it would always be a loser. Indeed, Obama’s whole 2008 Janesville speech is a sobering road map for the job-killing policies he has put in place as president.

  6. workerjoe Says:

    Don’t have money for bills or rent, yet they have time to engage in these activities instead of working or looking for a job.

  7. liberallass Says:

    Hey Stu!

    I’m sure there would be plenty of jobs out there if Romney hadn’t shipped them all to China/India..

    And what makes you think regular working Americans can’t take time out of their day to practice their free speech?

    And rebubtallygirl: You’re quoting blog written with by a conservative blogger. How about some facts from the from the Department of Labor or something non-partisan?

  8. Spilled Milk Says:

    If you can’t pay your bills or rent, go out and rob a 1-percenter. I’m sure a staunch liberal like Sheriff Bradshaw will look the other way.

  9. Facts are Facts Says:

    It’s easily verified that assembly work continued at the Janesville Assembly plant until April 2009. The plant had 1200 workers in December 2008 when GM placed it on idle status. The last workers left after production ended in April 2009.
    Obama spoke at Janeville in Feb 2008. In total he mentioned saving this plant in three speeches. Of Course OBAMA didn’t close the plant! He didn’t Save it either! Mostly he just blew smoke!

  10. Obama Supporter Says:

    Hey Stu and Worker Joe,

    Those were a group of retired people and employee union associates. One set of older worked their share people and currently employed with a union people. What would make you think they are unemployed. Do you always read only the parts you want to read and not the whole article.
    Obama 2012, Hillary Clinton 2016

  11. mr scam man Says:

    Mr Scam man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tE0M9R1YXH0

  12. Good Says:

    There are many protesters that are retired, off for the day or hey even a glorified housewife.. they’re there for a larger purpose and we need more of them! thank you for your efforts

  13. SteveO Says:

    A group of conservative protestors will be at the same corner on Labor Day to make the public aware of Obama’s failed policies to create new jobs. The area will be secured with chains to keep out the liberal loonies. Chains! Get it!!

  14. SteveOShmeveO Says:

    What failed policy? The one that the GOP controlled senate refuses to pass? No wonder it failed! The GOP never got to work to vote on it! Get it?

    (See the question mark? That’s how you ask if people get it. Feel free to add an exclamation point if you’d like, but punctuation matters.)

  15. SteveOisaFkingIdiot Says:

    The GOP controlled senate?!?!? Do some basic research before posting next time asshole

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