September 4, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Alice Meaker (aka “Iona Bigga Yacht”)
Director of Field Operations
Deputy Director of Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Day of Action Set for Monday, September 6, 2004
New York, NY, September 4, 2004 —Billionaires for Bush (B4B)— activists for the corporate elite — will celebrate “Cheap Labor Day” across the country this Sunday with a rich panoply of events, the effects of which will trickle down and benefit the working class. The Billionaires will be reminding voters that George W. Bush is the only candidate actively working to reduce America’s dangerous dependence on domestic labor.
Dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns, the Billionaires for Bush will raise their martini glasses and toast George W. Bush, honoring him for his lucrative policies that continue to pad the pockets of the rich, the very rich, and the very very rich.
“Outsource now! Avoid the post election rush”, said Scott Free of the San Diego Billionaires for Bush chapter. “Remember, ‘W’ stands for ‘Wealth.’”
Speakers will discuss the success of the recent Billionaires for Bush “Visit your Daughter at Work Day,” which is part of the group’s larger “Hire a Child” campaign. Also planned for the event is a “Minimum Wage Limbo,” in which participants will prove how easy it is to get under a bar raised 5.15 feet from the ground, symbolizing the current $5.15 federal minimum wage. The Billionaires advocate lowering the current minimum wage, which when adjusted with inflation is, with the exception of a single year (1989), the lowest it has been since 1955. “There is no maximum wage,” argues the group’s Web site, www.BillionairesForBush.com, “so why should there be a minimum wage?”
Job application questionnaires will be distributed at each event, asking applicants questions such as whether they think that OSHA is A. “a standards body working to improve workplace safety that is constantly at odds with the Bush administration”; B. an “expanse of water connecting the cheap labor in China with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Mexico,” or C. “evil.”
The Billionaires will be promoting their new “Corporate Sponsor a Third World Child” program. “For pennies a day,” explains Billionaire literature, “you can provide a child a roof, a job sewing spats in a sweat shop, and fill him with the satisfaction that he is contributing to both US corporate profits and the latest in Billionaire fashion.”
New York City Billionaires will be thanking their city’s police force for working without a contract. Minneapolis Billionaires will be booing John Kerry for turning down their special interest money. Cleveland Billionaires will be chanting “tax work, not wealth,” and thanking passers by for paying taxes so that Billionaires don’t have to.
The always effervescent Billionaires will also be celebrating the no-bid contracts, tax-abatements, corporate subsidies, and public property giveaways that the Bush administration has bestowed upon them over the last four years, and explaining why accountability is bad for business. A group “huzzah!” will be given to celebrate the recent elimination of overtime wages for 6 million American workers.
Billionaire Freda Pollute, of the Madison, WI chapter, asked: “What do I call our county’s loss of 2 million jobs? A good start.”
About Billionaires for Bush
Billionaires for Bush is a do-it-yourself street theater and media campaign using humor to show how the Bush administration has favored the corporate elite at the expense of everyday Americans. B4B is an independent 527 committee, with headquarters in NYC and over 75 chapters nationwide. For more information, please visit www.BillionairesforBush.com
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