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Billionaires for Wealthcare: Let Them Eat Advil

By Lucy Belnora
News | October 19, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Members of a local chapter of the national activist group, Billionaires for Wealthcare, came out of their homes in Kansas City this weekend to make an unusual appearance on that city's streets. Well-heeled, the group of about twenty protesters arrived in style, by limousine. They carried signs that said, "Whatever happened to an apple a day?" and "Fight Socialism, End Medicare Now!"

These weren't billionaires. Their group was comprised of local progressive activists providing a bit of irony. However, it may have taken some real conservatives awhile to catch on. A right wing Tea Party Protest was commencing at the same time in front of the NBC station, with the goal of admonishing the local affiliate for airing Keith Olbermann's shows. Though it wasn't the original intention of the Billionaires group, the progressives decided to mingle with the conservatives.

One of the Billionaires explained, "We walked over there as a group and were joined by a couple who was going to the [tea party] rally. They saw our signs and said they didn't have a sign so we offered them one of ours. As we got to the teabagger rally, we were greeted by lots of smiles and cheers. Then slowly, one by one, they figured out who we were."

Evidently, at least for a few hours on a couple of Kansas City streets, citizens from both the left and the right enthusiastically exercised their 1st Amendment rights.

The audio player above is loaded with one of the anthems found at the website for the Billionaires for Wealthcare. The song is called "We Shall Overcharge." The music sheet can be downloaded here (pdf). The song's lyrics are:

We shall overcharge
We shall overcharge
We shall overcharge today.
A bunch of your cash
We will relieve
We shall overcharge today.

We'll walk cash in hand.
We'll walk cash in hand.
We'll walk cash in hand today.
Our senators give
So they receive.
We'll walk cash in hand today.

We shall buy some ads
We shall buy some ads
We shall buy some ads today.
A nation of souls
We will deceive.
We shall buy some ads today.

We will crush reform.
We will crush reform.
We will crush reform today.
Oh, healthcare reform
You'll not achieve.
We will crush reform today.

[Kansas City Photo/Video Credits: Photos taken by M Dyer, hosted, uncopied, at Flickr, from Blue Girl's blog at They Gave Us a Republic and A.P.'s photos at Democratic Underground. The video comes from theprits.]


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