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Sat Aug 29 2009 In Menlo Park, Satirists Thank Tea Party "Patriots" for Helping the Wealthy
Billionaires for Wealthcare Defuse Town Hall Tensions Constituents of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo were treated to an action satirizing the Tea Party "patriot" movement at a town hall in Menlo Park on August 26th. Single payer plan proponents dressed as wealthy insurance executives sidled up to anti health care reform protesters and thanked them for helping to support "survival of the richest." Some of the right wing extremists thought the Billionaires were on their side before realizing they were facing a counter-demonstration bent on ridiculing the Tea Party's platform.

The town hall meeting, which was not about health care but high speed rail, was well attended. The Menlo Park City Council Chambers was filled to capacity, and an overflow crowd of about 100 listened to the Congresswoman and other presenters from hastily assembled folding chairs in the outdoor courtyard.

Demonstrators on both sides of the health care reform issue remained outside of the Council Chambers. After the town hall ended at about 9:00pm, a few feathers from the Billionaires' boas floated across the empty patio.

photo Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Insurance Executives Against Obamacare | Billionaires for Wealthcare

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