LOS ANGELES (CBS) — America’s registered nurses have an answer to the nation’s financial crisis: take some money from Wall Street.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports members of the National Nurses Union (NNU) are on the march for taxing Wall Street in order to heal the nation’s economy.

Nearly 11,000 members and their supporters will be at over 60 congressional offices in 21 states — including the local offices of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Congressman David Drier and Dana Rohrbacher.

Union officials said a nationwide call for a “transaction tax” on Wall Street trading firms would raise hundreds of billions of dollars that could be spent on improving education, health care and job creation in the U.S.

“We have that group of people that come in, they don’t have insurance, they’re paying cash for their delivery, and they’re going to think about whether or not they’re going to have anasthesia,” said Trish Andrews of the NNU.

While some proponents have suggested a model similar to the .5 percent tax used in the United Kingdom, critics are worried that any additional financial burdens could rattle the already-volatile stock market.

Comments (5)
  1. jim holland says:

    frigging idiots!

  2. Ray says:

    Get a life start working for your money not everyone else’s

  3. Ray says:

    All this would do is kill more jobs the only jobs the Unions are worried about are their own they could care less about the rest of us.stop spending oyr tax dollars on illegals and there will be plenty for schools.

  4. wobbles says:

    Why not? It hasn’t crippled stock trading in the UK. And face it, the rich get away with murder at our expense and get to write off just about everything. This would actually be something they have to pay while making millions or billions off the misery of all us little guys. They will pay it without question because it’s not a new expense for them and life will go on. Try to remember that wall street is not feeling a hint of what we are because our tax dollars were used to bail them out and now they are more profitable than before the crash. And they’ve done nothing to pay any of it back. Time for them to start.

  5. tim says:

    brain-dead drones in the streets again.

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