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"Topsy Turvy Bus" to Drive Home Message on U.S. Priorities

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May 7, 2007

Because Iowa has the first presidential caucus in the nation, it is also one of the first stops for the "Topsy Turvy Bus," a bright yellow school bus with another bus upside down on the top. It's the idea of Ben Cohen, co-found of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. He's now heading up the ‘Priorities Campaign."

“The central message of the Topsy Turvy Bus is that U.S. budget priorities are upside down -- they're topsy turvy.”

Cohen notes that even military experts agree we can cut our nuclear arsenal in half and still provide for the national defense. He says the $60 billion savings could be put to good use.

“For that amount of money, we could rebuild all of our schools that need rebuilding; we could provide health care for every one of our kids who currently doesn't have it.”

Cohen believes the Iowa caucuses are an opportunity for the state to let candidates know that they need to explain how they intend to spend America's money before they reach the White House.

The bus will be at Scavo Alternative High School in Des Moines from 11:30 am to 12:20 p.m., so children can tour it and take pictures. Afterwards it will open to the general public in downtown Des Moines.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA