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MoveOn Gwinnett Rallies Outside Woodall's Office

Activists call on Rep. Rob Woodall to create more jobs in Gwinnett County.

Shouting, "Give me a job, Rob", a dozen people rallied outside Lawrenceville Rep. Rob Woodall's office Wednesday morning at the .

The rally was organized by MoveOn Gwinnett, a branch of MoveOn.org. It was part of more than 200 rallies happening across the country as part of National Day of Action. "We're here to tell Rep. Woodall that enough is enough with focusing on cuts. It's time to focus on jobs," said Scott Szymanski, media coordinated for MoveOn Gwinnett.

Right now,  of Gwinnett County residents are unemployed. That's lower than the Georgia average at 9.9 percent, but higher than the national average, which 9.2 percent.

The group claims Rep. Woodall (R-Lawrenceville), whose district includes most of Lilburn, and Congress has been spending too much time focusing on the debt ceiling and cuts, than putting people back to work.

"If he thinks that it's better to deal with things that don't have anything to do with the real people that are voting...and just make the corporations happy, then he is not representing me," said Glenda Poindexter, council coordinator for MoveOn Gwinnett. "I call on him today to make jobs happen in this state."

"It's not right that they balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the disabled and those that don't have," said Iris Basham, a MoveOn activist. "Once you have a job, you start spending. Once you start spending, the economy starts working... but the government's got to take that first step and employ all of us."

The rally was not the first time MoveOn Gwinnett activists have focused their attention on Woodall. Several to voice their displeasure with Republican plans regarding the future of Medicare.

Socrates August 11, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Please you ignorant people...government doesn't create jobs..it destroys them. And your man, Obama, is the one primarily responsible for the lack of job creation in this country over the last two years. Maybe if you wised up and understood that private corporations and businesses are the ones that create jobs, you'd realize that your man, Obama, and his cronies have created such uncertainty and job killing bills that businesses are afraid to expand and employ new people. If you don't support private business, you don't support job creation. And obviously you don't. My guess is that most of you people in MoveOn are entitlements junkies to begin with.
RL August 11, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Socrates, You nailed it! Could not have said it better except maybe calling them social parasites.
Mary Loftus August 11, 2011 at 06:20 PM
MoveOn is a progressive movement of compassionate progressives, not "entitlement junkies" or "social parasites." Some of the smartest, wisest people I know are in the local group, including geologists, journalists, educators, researchers, scientists, etc. If we have a common bond, it is that we believe we all must care for each other. Please don't be so divisive as to belittle a group whose members it seems you know very little about.
Donna Hart August 11, 2011 at 06:44 PM
I voiced my concern with the MoveOn ideas. They would all involve government in one way or another and the last thing this country needs is more government, more departments, more bureaucracy. We need a government that makes the conditions right for free enterprise to flourish. Then we would have jobs. On the other hand, these people make us think. They are out there stirring things up and nothing is going to happen in this country until the voting public gets stirred up enough to take back the government. My dream for America at the moment is TERM LIMITS. Washington needs to be flushed out. All they do is fundraising to get re-elected and none of them are working for us. Oh, my son is one of the marchers in that photo!
Socrates August 11, 2011 at 08:18 PM
"Compassionate progressive" you mean like Robin Hood? Steal from the rich (or in this country's case, hard workers and educated workiers) and give to the poor. Thank you for giving me thr opportunity to get to know what your members are about.
Mary Loftus August 11, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Yes, "Socrates," that's exactly what compassion means...steal from the rich and give to the poor. Wow. Hope you are never down and out and need someone's help at some point...
A Concerned American August 11, 2011 at 09:48 PM
It's Obama's fault that we're in this mess? Call me an idiot. Remember Bush's "Ownership Society?" Of course you don't. A little lesson: It's when Bush said that an American who owns a house is a better and more productive American. He told the mortgage industry to make it easier for Americans to buy a house. "But Mr. President, we have these rules in place to make sure that people who get a mortgage can actually make the payments." "Don't worry about that" he said, if it blows up in your face the government will back you up. Now if you know what paraphrasing is, that's what I'm doing so don't bother looking for quotes. So then, it blew up in their faces. And what did BUSH do? TARP!!! I guess you forgot about that. So Obama as you so ignorantly put it, is ruining this country by doing what? Following through with what your boy Bush started. Bottom line, our government is broken. Doesn't matter if your a Democrat, a Republican, A Greek Philosopher or a spoon bender. But you just keep your heads under that ignorant conservative rock and blame the liberals. Meanwhile the politicians who don't give a rat's behind about you or me (unless you happen to have a net worth of over $10M, which I doubt) will keep on getting re-elected, despite the consequences of their actions. I for one salute these people because they are trying to do something. Assuming they want anything to be given to them is utter ignorance. They obviously care FAR MORE about this country than you do.
A Concerned American August 11, 2011 at 09:48 PM
Made you mad when you Googled "Ownership Society" didn't it? Wake up people! The Rebubicats don't care any more about you than the Demorcans care about me. Blame? You want to blame? Blame a system that has made campaign fund raisers out of OUR elected officials. Clinton killed Glass–Steagall, Regan raised the debt ceiling 17 times, Bush invaded Iraq because there weren't any decent targets to bomb in Afghanistan, and Obama... he's no better than any of them. But you folks just keep on ignoring the facts and let your simplistic, trite ideologies light a dim path for you. Maybe a whining liberal will be there to help you when you trip and fall.

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