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Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

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

April 30, 2007

Now that Nevada is among the first in the nation for its presidential caucus, it's also a first stop for unusual protests, such as the "Topsy Turvy Bus." A bright yellow school bus with another upside-down school bus stuck on top, the "Topsy Turvy Bus" will roll into Reno this week to make a point, says Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and now the head of the Priorities Campaign.

“U.S. budget priorities are upside down, they're topsy-turvy. We're spending half of the federal budget on the Pentagon and not enough on our kids, our schools and health care.”

Nevada will host both Republican and Democratic caucuses in January. Cohen believes that's 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.

He adds that even military experts agree we can cut our nuclear arsenal in half, when we already have enough bombs to destroy the world ten times over.

“We are still spending $60 billion a year on weapons that were designed to defeat the Soviet Union that have absolutely no effect on protecting us from terrorism.”

Cohen says the money saved could end up protecting America while helping those in need.

“We could even provide enough money to provide food self sufficiency for every one of the six million kids that are dying around the world from starvation. I would say that that would go a much longer way against protecting us from terrorism than what we are doing today.”

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV