Greed Is Good—If You’re The 1% That Can Spare $10,000

On Friday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the GOP’s frontrunning presidential candidate, surrounded himself with high-dollar donors willing to drop $10,000 to have dinner with the candidate at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Over 150 Philadelphians from Fight for Philly, Occupy Philly, Moveon.org, Keystone Progress, Americans United for Change, and the Philadelphia Unemployment Project gathered outside the hotel to show Philly why the GOP Presidential hopeful is the Poster Boy for Wall Street and the 1%.

Watch the event:

The protest came just hours after Romney laid out his economic plan that does very, very little to help middle-class families and instead gives $6.6 trillion tax cuts for the richest 1% and big corporations.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the nice dinner event that Mitt Romney had for his friends here in Philadelphia,” said Fight for Philly organizer Dave Walensky. “It’s amazing that they’re having a $10,000 a plate dinner tonight when so many people are just trying to find a job. That’s about a third of what the everyday Philly household takes home each year.”

Romney—a Hundred-Millionaire—has also yet to reveal all the tax cuts and loopholes he benefits from by releasing his tax returns so we can see once and for all how he makes his millions and paying a lower tax rate than hardworking middle-class Americans.

So yesterday, waving Fight for Philly banners and mock-campaign signs that read “Greed is Good! Romney-Gekko 2012”, we marched in the street from City Hall, down Walnut Street and all the way to Rittenhouse Square.

Take a look at the pictures:

Our signs featured a recently surfaced photo from Romney’s days as CEO of a financial firm called Bain Capital, where he raked in obscene profits. During his time at Bain, five of the companies under his firm’s direction went bankrupt and thousands of workers were laid off.

Judging by the photo, it was a joke to have to find all the places to stuff the profits that came at the expense of peoples’ jobs.  It’s a disturbing display of greed and excess that would make Gordon Gekko– the fictional uber-wealthy, cut-throat Corporate raider in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street that coined the phrase “Greed is good” – blush.

Thanks to all of you, we’re only getting started. There’s plenty of ways to get involved with our next actions.

We’ll see you out there soon!

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