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Constituents Challenge Rep. Huizenga: ‘Your Party Has Become Of The Rich, By The Rich, For The Rich!’

By Zaid Jilani on April 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

"Constituents Challenge Rep. Huizenga: ‘Your Party Has Become Of The Rich, By The Rich, For The Rich!’"

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As ThinkProgress has been reporting, all over the country a Main Street Movement of ordinary Americans is fighting back against right-wing attacks on their basic services and safety net. In recent days, this movement has been focused on conservative legislators who voted for the GOP budget plan that would effectively end Medicare.

Now, a video posted on YouTube shows that Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) came face to face with this movement during a listening session at Montague High School in Montague, Michigan. Constituents challenged Huizenga about why is he targeting Medicare and other social programs but resisting raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, who are facing the lowest tax rates in a generation.

One attendee asked when the country was going to start trying to “trickle up” instead of following failed “trickle down” policies. Later, a frustrated constituent stood up and told Huizenga that his party has been completely captured by the richest Americans, to applause from the audience:

CONSTITUENT: You [by endorsing the Ryan plan] have done something that I have been unable to do trying to explain to my friends, and all my neighbors, and my relatives, that your party has become of the rich by the rich and for the rich! (applause)

Watch a video compilation of constituents challenging the congressman:

(h/t: smul333 YouTube account)

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