Cliff notes: Philly protesters carol for fiscal solution

The possibility of going over the “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year has blue-collar activists in Philadelphia concerned.

The sang reworked Christmas carols with lines such as “cuts for millionaires are a folly, fa la la la la la la la la” Monday while marching from City Hall to the offices of U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

Tim Brown of the Philadelphia branch of MoveOn.org says his group is worried that politicians in Washington will avoid the fiscal cliff by agreeing to a bad deal.

“Basically it’s a 1-percent invention. The intention is to balance the budget on the backs of the 99 percent of us who are hard-working people,” said Brown. “We can’t afford any more cuts to our social programs.”

Jesse Bacon says he’s more worried the treatment will be worse than the disease.

“I think the biggest fear is that they will do something stupid that is much worse than the fiscal cliff, that already gives us the spending cuts without any of the benefits,” said Bacon.

Cathy Scott of AFSCME District Council 47 has strong ideas for what she does not want in a deal.

“We believe the election sent a clear message that the average person wants to make sure they have a secure future in Social Security and Medicare,” she said. “Taxes need to be raised on the 1 or 2 percent, and we want to send that message to our congressional delegation.”

In addition to singing their own version of Christmas carols, the participants filled out holiday cards urging Casey and Toomey to find a compromise that’s fair for everyone.

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