Protesters at Hultgren's Geneva Office Demand Support for Jobs Legislation

Geneva-based grassroots group holds rally to promote tax on Wall Street trading to fund nationwide jobs program.

Nearly 15 million Americans are unemployed, and Northern Illinois Jobs for Justice wants U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren to do something about it.

Members of the Geneva protest group held a rally Friday afternoon in front of Hultgren’s office, which sits in an office park behind on west Route 38. Though the two dozen or so participants looked more like friends at a neighborhood cookout than an angry mob, they definitely had some hard questions for the 14th House District representative.

“We are here once again to challenge Randy Hultgren on his refusal to help create jobs,” declared NIJJ spokesman Mary Shesgreen. “He keeps finding new excuses not to sign onto it.”

The group particularly wants Hultgren to support House Bill 870, titled the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment & Training Act”. That bill would levy a quarter-percent tax on speculative trading of stocks, bonds and currencies, then use the estimated $400 billion raised to fund a federal job creation program that would give local government agencies money to hire workers in their areas to do public work.

“Hultgren has the idealogical belief that all taxation punishes growth,” Shesgreen said. “This tax discourages speculation. It was the rampant and unregulated speculation that brought about the 2008 market collapse and started this recession that has cost us so many jobs.”

Neither Hultgren nor his aides were available for comment during the rally.

Two Geneva police officers who were standing by Hultgren’s office entrance said that neither Hultgren nor the NIJJ had requested police presence during the rally.

“It was a command decision in our department,” explained officer George Carbray. “Sometimes protest rallies attract counter-protesters, and sometimes competing views cause dissension. We’re here just to keep everybody safe.”

Hultgren released this comment today.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement regarding the August unemployment report released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“August's dismal jobs report is disappointing, but unsurprising, so long as this Administration continues to pursue its anti-jobs agenda of burdensome regulations, taxes, and out-of-control spending,” said Hultgren. “Despite his claims to be cutting red tape, the reality is that President Obama and his appointed bureaucrats are proposing even more regulations that threaten to do enormous damage to our fragile economy.”

“Before he comes to Congress next week, I urge President Obama to study the commonsense pro-growth agenda Republicans will be adopting this fall. More taxes and spending won’t get our economy moving and put Americans back to work; that requires fostering a pro-growth economic climate; lessening intrusions by unaccountable bureaucrats; and providing certainty about what Washington will do in the future.”

Justin Eggar September 03, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Randy's a good guy - and I feel very comfortable with him representing us. Being prior military, etc - I just want to point out, I've never seen the government spend our money more efficiently than we spend it ourselves (and we're pretty bad to be honest). Saying that we should tax more to create jobs is like investing in a 401k where instead of matching 6% they deduct 6%. It just isn't a good decision to achieve optimal use of our money. I'm all for the government creating jobs though. Perhaps leveraging unemployment dollars to achieve a positive impact might make more sense for our country over the long term.
Dan van Loon September 03, 2011 at 06:01 PM
I don't think the government should be CREATING jobs except for those positions within government that are needed, (such as your former employment in the military). Beyond that, the government has no business in job creation and should do one thing: and that is ensure, by policy, that the environment for business growth is fertile and minimally regulated and taxed. That is accomplished by getting out of the way and letting the free market breath. This will encourage jobs inline with a truth spoken by Marco Rubio: "We don't need more taxes. We need more taxpayers." This will help to inspire and make for better and adequate government and a healthier country, economically.
Justin Eggar September 13, 2011 at 01:43 AM
That sounds good at face value Dan. The problem is... that isn't the world that we live in. Rather than simply paying unemployment, if there is some further value that could be obtained from it (for the same $$ involved) then great. My point was really a nice way of saying that we could use some of the money we are currently spending to create additional value - not that we should just start popping out government jobs left and right. The point you are making is likely aimed at my last sentence, which was me trying to be as polite with what I was saying. I appreciate the feedback though!
Dan van Loon September 14, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Yeah. I was sidetracked on "I'm all for the government creating jobs". But I get your main point. Thanks, Justin.
Rob December 22, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Govt. not to create jobs or rather tax anyone to create them. It's their job to govern the country with current laws and legislate only where minimally needed to rectify problems where current laws fail. It is clear our founding fathers preferred government to be limited as was the case for our founding to be separated from overimposing governments in Europe. One look back to those dates and reasoning leads us to believe they were correct. One look at Europe today and it further enhances their view and respectfully agrees that government creating more of itself and growing is wrong.


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