B4B National Day of Action Tax Day, April 15
Billionaires for Bush will greet ordinary taxpayers at post offices across the nation to say "Thank *YOU* for Paying *OUR* Taxes!"
Sample media alert
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Click here for a list of locations of Tax Day actions nationwide.
For more info about the benefits to us (huzzah!) of the Bush tax plan, visit:
$ Citizens for Tax Justice
$ United for a Fair Economy
Essential Action Elements
$ Billionaires in full attire gather at local post office
$ Leaflets are distributed to taxpayers and passers-by
$ Signs convey message visually
$ Thanks for Paying our Taxes!
$ Leave No Billionaire Behind
$ Taxes are Not for Everyone
$ Eliminate the middle man - make out your check to us!
$ Billionaires for Bush
Optional Action Elements, for added embellishment
Someone in accountant attire (s/he could wear b4b pin) with clipboard working the line, saying "...tax advice? tax advice anyone? ah yes, sir, very good...so you look like a solid middle class American who plays by the rules, hmmm... maybe making 50K a year?... okay... let's see, your tax break from this Administration amounts to about $ 400 or so — not including the sales and property tax increases you now have to pay." Wink, nudge... then in a cheerful voice: "But did you know, that gentleman over there in the top hat (pointing to a billionaire), he got a tax break of roughly $80,000 this year? Yes, it's true! — All because Bush's tax cuts gave 40% of the benefits to the top 1% of taxpayers. So my tax advice to you, is that you should be a billionaire."
Billionaire stands next to or holds sign: "Eliminate the middle man — make out your check to us!", he/she extends top hat, purse or other receptacle for checks, with a few decoy checks or fake money already deposited and spilling out.
Hand out tax forms for everyone's grand child, indicating in big colored numerals the estimated payment due as result of Bush tax cuts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I only know a few people who would do this with me. Is that enough?
A: If you have five people at the Tax Day action, you have enough. This might require that you have a commitment from six to ten people, depending on the reliability of your fellow billionaires.
Q: Where do I find other billionaires to do this with me?
A: Start with your friends. Use the phone. Email is useful, but limited tool, so try having a conversation about what you envision. Suggest locations to purchase props & outfits, like the local salvation army.
Q: Don't we need a permit to hang on the sidewalk for several hours?
A: Generally speaking you have the freedom to assemble as long as you're not blocking pedestrian traffic or using amplified sound. We are not about confrontations with the police (why bother with the poor public servants?) and a little courtesy goes a long way. Besides, they are much nicer to well-dressed people.
Q: What time should we hold the Tax Day Action?
A: The ideal time is from 4:30-6:30pm. This will allow you to greet people during the big rush, and also be filmed for the evening news. Some chapters plan to be at the post office from 11:30-12:05 to greet last-minute filers and possible additonal media.
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