ECONOMIC PRESENTATION AT LA MESA-FOOTHILLS DEMOCRATIC CLUB SEPT. 4

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August 31, 2013 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club has invited Professor Isaac Martin to present “Why do the Rich get Richer and Stay Richer?” on September 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.  Martin is a professor of sociology at UC San Diego and the author of the books Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaings to Untax the One Percent and The Permanent Tax Revolt: How the Property Tax Transformed American Politics.

On tax day, April 15, 2010, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets with signs demanding lower taxes on the richest one percent. But why? Rich people have plenty of political influence. Why would they need to publicly demonstrate for lower taxes-and why would anyone who wasn't rich join the protest on their behalf?

Martin shows that such protests long predate the Tea Party of our own time. Ever since the Sixteenth Amendment introduced a Federal income tax in 1913, rich Americans have protested new public policies that they thought would threaten their wealth. But while historians have taught us much about the conservative social movements that reshaped the Republican Party in the late 20th century, the story of protest movements explicitly designed to benefit the wealthy is still little known. 

Steve Rivera, California Democratic Party Region 20 Director will also appear and discuss the Affordable Healthcare Act.