Nurses want Chambliss to support taxes on stock transactions for projects

Local wing of national union says revenue would help create jobs

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 5:08 PM
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(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included the wrong day of the event.)

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Nurses gathered at Augusta Common on Thursday afternoon for a picnic and rally to call for a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions. National Nurses United's local wing will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today that will include veterans groups.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Nurses gathered at Augusta Common on Thursday afternoon for a picnic and rally to call for a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions. National Nurses United's local wing will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today that will include veterans groups.

The Augusta wing of a national nurses’ union rallied Thursday to ask U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to back a tax on stock transactions that could raise money for projects that can provide jobs. Chambliss, however, said raising taxes now will only hurt the economy.

National Nurses United held the event at 5:30 p.m. at Augusta Common.

Calling it “our Main Street campaign,” the group wants Chambliss to back a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions that in Britain raises $40 billion a year, said Irma Westmoreland, a staff nurse at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and chairwoman of NNU/VA.

It is also part of an effort “to make Wall Street pay for the devastation it has caused on Main Street,” the group said in an e-mail.

“As nurses, we see a lot of the effects of things that are going on with the economy, like homelessness and joblessness,” Westmoreland said. “Also people who are under-insured or not insured at all, (who) can’t afford to buy their medicines and eat at the same time.”

Those transactions are charged only a small fee that is used to support the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, she said.

“Great Britain has this already, and hasn’t had a single problem with that,” Westmoreland said. “France and Germany are working on getting this same kind of tax for all of Europe. So this is not unheard of to help raise money, to put money back into our homeless shelters and to create jobs and to stabilize our economy. This is a really big opportunity.”

Chambliss said by e-mail that recently tightened banking and financial rules
are already making it difficult “to loan the capital needed to push our economy forward.”

“I remain concerned that further taxation on individuals and financial institutions will slow economic growth,” Chambliss stated. “I believe a plan for economic recovery will come through lowering the debt the American people and the federal government hold.”

Westmoreland said the group is already working with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on other projects and feels it has made “inroads” with him, so they are targeting Chambliss. She did praise Chambliss’ support for the VA in the past but said the rally is intended to send Congress a message.

“We want the public to contact these guys and tell them they want it because we’re their constituents,” Westmoreland said. “We’re their constituents from Augusta. They need to know what the Main Street Augusta people want, not just the big businesses.”

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/01/11 - 04:36 pm
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unions care only about unions
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unions care only about unions and fellow liberals on the Public Dole.

americafirst
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americafirst 09/01/11 - 04:59 pm
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Saying that Wall Stret will

Saying that Wall Stret will pay this porposed tax is like saying that the store you shop in pays the sales tax. The store doesn't pay it, you do.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 09/01/11 - 05:45 pm
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National Nurses United, read

National Nurses United, read my lips, no new taxes!!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 09/01/11 - 05:49 pm
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"Great Britain has this

"Great Britain has this already, and hasn't had a single problem with that,"...

Great Britain, really??

commonsense-is-endangere
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commonsense-is-endangere 09/01/11 - 06:08 pm
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Absolutely crazy! This is the

Absolutely crazy! This is the best idea they could come up with? Unions always looking to get at other people's money.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/01/11 - 06:55 pm
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I think what we need to do is

I think what we need to do is put a 50% tax on union dues. Let's make the unions pay. I'm sure they won't raise the dues on the members. Make Wall Street pay my foot. What an idiotic statement.

Oh yeh, let's take some more money away from people who are investing for their retirement and give it to someone else. Let's see, we broke Social Security and Medicare by spreading around to more people than paid into the system and robbing the money for other welfare projects. So the people who are trying to save their own money for retirement because SS and Medicare might not be there, well....let's penalize then some more by stealing JUST A LITTLE more from them. Who's going to miss JUST A LITTLE more.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/01/11 - 07:04 pm
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Terrible idea. Job-killer,

Terrible idea. Job-killer, and think what it will do to your 401(k)! What left-wing fruit loop came up with this terrible proposal??

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 09/02/11 - 04:17 am
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What else would you expect

What else would you expect from kool aid drinking union members.

Here's a better idea, disband the unions and send the billions in dues to the federal government to solve the debt problems created by politicians, unions, lobbyist and certainly this administration.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 09/02/11 - 06:04 am
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But its for the homeless and

But its for the homeless and the helpless. Have a heart. Don't think.

jimbob
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jimbob 09/02/11 - 07:00 am
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If these Union dues paying

If these Union dues paying nurses think it is OK to act like Socialist, then I say it is OK to take their dues and pay for these programs rather than taxing us all more. If you want to tax the rich, you must stand up for the Fairtax ( a consumption tax) because most of their income does not come from wages. You need to educate yourself on what is good for all people, not just a few!

Weed
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Weed 09/02/11 - 07:26 am
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I like the idea of taxing the

I like the idea of taxing the union dues by 50%. Then we will see exactly what the unions will do for it's people. I can see union dues increasing by 200 to 300%. Got to pay those head honcho so they can drive big cars, have fine suits, big cigars, and exploit the companies that employ their people.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/02/11 - 07:30 am
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A nurses' union boss. Wonder

A nurses' union boss. Wonder what she looks like?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 09/02/11 - 10:33 pm
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"A nurses' union boss. Wonder

"A nurses' union boss. Wonder what she looks like?"

Maybe that's why they can't find Hoffa- he's in drag!

PatriotNurse
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PatriotNurse 09/02/11 - 11:43 pm
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This RN says take your Commie

This RN says take your Commie blather elsewhere. You are pawns of your union bosses and their puppet masters.

travelp
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travelp 09/03/11 - 04:16 am
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I'm a nurse too and I want

I'm a nurse too and I want the FairTax. Instead of raising taxes it looks like they should be donating some of their snack money to the homeless.

Justice4Peace
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Justice4Peace 09/03/11 - 02:18 pm
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These RNs and their union

These RNs and their union only propose that EVERYONE pay their fair share, including Wall St. These corporate robber barrens are sitting on BILLIONS of OUR dollars that we gave them when we bailed THEM out and they had to do NOTHING in return. In fact, it's business as usual for them.

Not one penny has been spent to jump start our economy and all you all can do is call people names in your comments. "Drinking the kool-aide" and the like. Dog whistles sounded and you all jump on board the TEA PARTY EXPRESS. Shame on you all, especially the "nurse" that made the snacks comment. You have made your oppressors proud indeed...

Justice4Peace
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Justice4Peace 09/03/11 - 02:51 pm
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P.S. It wasn't just little

P.S. It wasn't just little ole' Augusta that had a Rally. They were all over the U.S.A that day...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/02/1013006/-Thousands-of-nurses-st...

Union Nurse
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Union Nurse 09/03/11 - 03:42 pm
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The press release for the

The press release for the National Nurses United (NNU) says that the proposed Wall Stree Tax is .05% not 50 percent as reported. A big difference!

travelp
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travelp 09/03/11 - 05:34 pm
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If you really want "Everyone"

If you really want "Everyone" to pay their fair share then I am glad because you support the FairTax. Thanks for making my point.

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