While supporters of a fundraising dinner for Republican Rep. Allen West paid $10,000-a-plate inside the gated community of Snapper Creek Lake in Coral Gables, Florida, protesters outside had a dinner of their own.
Only, it simulated a soup kitchen to demonstrate the plight of the American men and women who are out of work.
In August, the national jobless rate held steady at 9.1 percent, according to a report from the Department of Labor. African-Americans on the other hand faired a little worse as the jobless rate climbed from 15.9 percent to 16.7 percent, a sobering fact that Black lawmakers have lamented publicly in recent weeks.
Video of the protesters shows them standing single file, holding signs of West and other Florida lawmakers and eating scraps of “stew” in protest.
The protest came just 48 hours before President Barack Obama's planned speech on jobs, in which he will reportedly announce a $300 billion tax and spending cut along with a one-year extension of a payroll tax for employers.
But already his detractors in the House of Representatives are saying they won't support the President's proposal.
"And we've got politicians here at a fundraiser, at a $10,000-a-plate dinner," fumed Jose Suarez, 1Miami's organizer. "Instead of focusing on doing the work of the people, they're in there with a bunch of lobbyists."
Local group 1Miami1, a job focused coalition, organized the protest to show the contrast between the extravagant political banquet and the struggle for millions of Americans around the country, according to the report.
(Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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