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“Museum” on Wheels Stops in ID Today

July 21, 2008

Boise, ID – A two-ton "museum" stops in Idaho today. It's a bus full of exhibits about how the economy, skyrocketing gas prices and disappearing healthcare all affect working families. Americans United for Change is sponsoring the "Legacy Bus" tour, to focus on political power and the role it plays in the nation's economic woes.

Jeremy Funk is one of the bus crew members. He says, while recent history about those topics can be depressing, there's also good news to share - that America is still one of the richest countries in the world, with the resources to fix its current problems. The point of the tour, he adds, is that his group takes issue with how Congress and President Bush have decided to spend the nation's money.

"They want to spend $3 trillion in Iraq, but they say 'no' to children's health care; they say 'no' to fully funding No Child Left Behind."

Critics of this viewpoint say blaming Congress and the president is not fair, because economic problems are complex and may be related to policies put into play a decade ago, along with international issues that the U.S. can't control. On the other hand, Funk says, many agree that the U.S. economy and health care systems are "broken," and it's time to make repairs.

"This not about attacking Bush on a personal level by any means. It is about holding Bush and Congress responsible for their failed policies."

On Monday, the bus will be parked at Eighth and Bannock streets downtown Boise, where it will be open to the public from noon to 1:00 PM. The "Legacy Bus" tour will visit 150 cities and towns over the next three months.

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - ID