Rep. Ryan says Wall Street protests should ‘wake up’ Congress


The quickly growing protests that have been dubbed “Occupy Wall Street” are gaining local political support.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, released a statement today supporting the thousands of protesters that have taken root in Manhattan, New York.

“It was only a matter of time before the American people realized what gave rise to the highest level of income inequality since the Great Depression: a runaway economic system devoid of compassion or patriotism and a political system that would rather fight ideological battles than pragmatically fix the problem,” Ryan said in a statement. “The demonstrations we see are a direct expression of the frustration of 30 years of stagnant wages for the middle class and diminished opportunity for our youth while the people who shipped our jobs overseas or closed our factories received exorbitant bonuses.”

Ryan said the rallies should be “no surprise to anyone” and said they should serve as “a wake-up call to Congress.”

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