About 200 angry citizens gathered at Wayzata Country Club outside of the Twin Cities on Wednesday where they hoisted puppet versions of members of Congress members as an airplane flew overhead towing a banner that read, “Where’s our piece of the pie? JOBS NOW.” The puppet version of Michele Bachmann said she was going to play golf, but had no handicap.
House speaker John Boehner and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann were scheduled to host a $10,000-a-ticket golf outing at Spring Hill Golf Club. Today the Spring Hill entrance was blocked and protesters were told of a shift in venue to Wayzata Country Club, 2 1/2 miles away. The Wayzata entrance was guarded by local police and sheriff’s deputies, none of whom would confirm or deny the event. A small group of peace activists were first on the scene followed by three school buses of protesters from the group Minnesotans For a Fair Economy. Boehner and Bachmann were to be joined by Congressmen Chip Cravaack, John Kline, and Erik Paulsen. Saying that radical budget cuts to healthcare and education would kill thousands of jobs for already struggling Minnesotans, the crowd called on the representatives to focus on putting Minnesotans back to work before courting high-dollar donors.
Boehner, Bachmann, Cravaack, Paulsen and Kline have voted for zero job-creation bills and have instead supported a budget that economists say will kill 2.5 million American jobs. Meanwhile, all four voted to give $2.9 trillion in tax breaks to the rich and big corporations. Puppets representing Boehner, Bachmann, Cravaack, Kline and Paulsen crashed the party by arriving in a black limousine that didn’t stop for the police guards and rolled into the country club’s main entrance. Once the occupants were revealed, the limo left the entrance drive with the Boehner puppet appearing through the roof of the car. As the puppets walked along and mocked the crowd they were booed by the protestors. A plane appeared on the scene towing the “Piece of the pie,” banner.
Cravaack has come under fire as unemployment continues to rise in northeast Minnesota and even his wife left the state for work. He has also been criticized for pay-to-talk events in Duluth. Minnesotans for a Fair Economy spokesperson Donna Cassutt said, “It’s shameful that Reps. Bachmann, Cravaack, Paulsen and Kline are more interested in donors willing to pay $10,000 for a round of golf in order to protect tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, while the Twin Cities has the second highest rate of black unemployment among large metropolitan areas in the United States.”
Minnesotans for a Fair Economy is a community/labor coalition representing working families that has advocated for fair taxes and good jobs for all Minnesotans. Member groups involved include Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), TakeAction Minnesota , and United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1189.
Note: Since no real confirmation was available, it is possible that the Boehner golf event was in fact at the exclusive Spring Hill Golf Club.