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“Put the Middle Class First” Comes to West Virginia

PHOTO: A series of events called Put the Middle Class First is coming to West Virginia this week. Photos of a past rally courtesy of Put the Middle Class First.
PHOTO: A series of events called Put the Middle Class First is coming to West Virginia this week. Photos of a past rally courtesy of Put the Middle Class First.
October 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A tour called Put the Middle Class First pulls into West Virginia this week with events in Charleston and Huntington.

Although the tour is aimed at getting people fired up ahead of the election, a political party doesn’t organize the rallies.

Jenny Moles of Cross Lanes is active on senior issues and will be part of the event in Charleston. She says the problem is that the American middle class is slowly being eroded, and she wants political leaders who will do something about it.

"The middle class has to stand up,” she says. “It's raising the minimum wage, health care for more people. We need to be putting money into the infrastructure and creating jobs to rebuild the middle class."

The Put the Middle Class First bus will be at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. It will be at the south steps of the state Capitol in Charleston at 2 p.m.

Corporations and the wealthy often are defended as creating economic growth. But Moles says some corporations are more concerned about their own bottom line than about the fate of the nation, especially when it comes to foreign affairs.

"It seems like when our money goes overseas, the only people to get rich are people like Halliburton,” she maintains. “Sending money to foreign countries to fight wars that are never ending, that will never be won."

Moles points out programs such as Medicare and Social Security are key building blocks for what the middle class in this country has.

But she says some in Congress want to raise the age when people qualify for them and privatize them – turning them over to be run by corporations.

"If we don't elect the right people, Social Security will be privatized,” Moles maintains. “Can you imagine what someone that depends on Social Security, what they would be doing today had Social Security been privatized and suffered though the financial markets of 2007-2008?"


Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV