“I don’t worry about the top one percent. I don’t stay up nights worrying about ‘gee we need to help them.’ I don’t worry about that. They’re doing just fine by themselves. I worry about the 99 percent in America. I want America, once again, to be the best place in the world to be middle-class. I want to have a strong and vibrant and prosperous middle-class. And so I look at what’s happening on Wall Street and my own view is, boy I understand how those people feel…The people in this country are upset.”— MITT ROMNEY
RELATED: Romney is heading to Philly after a scheduled speech at the national convention of Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party affiliated organization.
RELATED: Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a group fronting special interests started by oil billionaire David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP has been accused of funding astroturf operations but also has been fueling the “Tea Party” efforts.  AFP’s messages are in sync with those of other groups funded by the Koch Family Foundations and the Koch’s other special interest groups that work against progressive or Democratic initiatives and protections for workers and the environment. Accordingly, AFP opposes labor unions, health care reform, stimulus spending, and cap-and-trade legislation, which is aimed at making industries pay for the air pollution that they create. AFP was also involved in the attacks on Obama’s “green jobs” czar, Van Jones, and has crusaded against international climate talks. According to an article in the August 30, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, the Kochs are known for “creating slippery organizations with generic-sounding names,” that “make it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington.” AFP’s budget surged from $7 million in 2007 to $40 million in 2010, an election year.  MORE
OCCUPY PHILLY: From Cantor to Clinton to Romney Occupy Philly objects to a political system that prioritizes financial contributions over people’s voices. A march is planned with Fight for Philly from City Hall to The Rittenhouse Hotel at 4PM where Mitt Romney will pose with campaign contributors for $2,500 per picture. Occupy Philly will hold our own photo-op on the street for those who cannot afford this common influence on American politics and refuse to let money alone drive policy.