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Vocal Asheville crowd protests tax reform bill

The protesters, who gathered in Pack Square, said a non-partisan analysis showed the proposed Congressional tax reform bill is unfair and will do more harm than good for a majority of hard-working Americans. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

"We must not give up, will not give up," about 50 protesters yelled while waving signs of disapproval at a gathering Monday in Asheville.

The group, which gathered in Pack Square, said a non-partisan analysis showed the proposed Congressional tax reform bill is unfair and will do more harm than good for a majority of hard-working Americans.

"If this tax bill goes through, what is going to happen is there's going be a lot of rich people that are going to get a lot of productivity, there's going be growth, that is going happen, but that growth is going to be at the expenditure of the poor people that are doing the work," one protester said.

Just blocks away at the office of Buncombe County GOP charmain Carl Mumpower, there's an opposite take on what the bill aims to do.

"I think we want a tax system that rewards the productive people, as it seeks to support people who maybe aren't so productive," Mumpower said.

Back at Pack Square, protesters were urged to write their senators and representatives.

"Do it tomorrow and the next day and the day after. We can't let up," one protester said.

That was the main message -- speak up, get involved.

"I'm down here because this tax bill is horrific," Kathryn Pedersen, of Madison County, said.

Pedersen was holding her sign, doing her part with a concern that hits close to home.

"I receive Medicare and Social Security, and I really believe this bill is an inroad to cutting Medicare and Social Security," she said.

But Mumpower disagreed.

"Both groups believe we should take care of Medicare and Social Security," he said. "There's just a difference in how we go about it."

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