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Thu Oct 15 2009 (Updated 10/20/09)
Street Theater Groups Protest at Ritzy Republican Fundraiser
"Billionaires for Wealthcare" Ape Wealthy Republicans at John Boehner Appearance
Rep. Boehner (R-Ohio) recently said, "I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option, other than a member of Congress or the administration"; this despite polls showing that a majority of voters support the idea of having a government plan. His statement was all the inspiration the Raging Grannies needed to ring up their friends in "Billionaires for Wealthcare" and form a united action to protest the Republican stance on health care reform on October 12.

Under the watchful eye of Menlo Park police the two street theater groups, whose memberships have quite a bit of overlap, lined the entrance to the Stanford Park Hotel. On the left, the Raging Grannies held signs calling for Boehner to "get a clue about health care" while on the right the Billionaires shouted "John Boehner you're our man, we really love your orange tan". They carried signs mocking Republicans' close ties to health insurance companies, including one that read "Blue Cross/Palin 2012".

The Billionaires loudly poo-poohed the idea that health care should be available for free or low cost to "the masses". After about an hour of demonstrating in front of the hotel, they retired to the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park for some much needed liquid refreshment; some of the cross-dressing Grannies joined them, first changing into their Billionaire regalia.

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Raging Grannies Action League | Billionaires for Wealthcare
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