Billionaires for Bush (or Gore) is a silly website that brings up some very serious issues. Firstly, it examines whether Bush and Gore are really all that different. We already know that their views on the Internet are eerily similar.
And the more important question that this website asks is, "Can a political candidate truly be bought, and at what price?"
Their tagline, "Because inequality isn't growing fast enough," sets the mocking, sarcastic tone for the rest of the site. It includes sections like, "Be A Billionaire," "Candidate Price/Performance Analysis," an
announcement of the "Million Billionaire's March," (showing support at both the Republicsn and Democratic National Convention) and even a comprehensive "Political Platform." Item #1 on the platform: "Vote for Bush (or Gore)."
"Although they differ on some policies and sometimes wear different colored power ties," goes the reasoning, "we're confident that both candidates are deeply committed to economic inequality."
Clearly, much time and effort went into the creation of this fictionalized group. So much so that at times you start to doubt that it is really make-believe. A person who came upon the site on a Search Engine might even overlook the word "Humor" that designates it from a real PAC.
There are theme songs, political slogans, campaign materials, and even fake photographs from the "Million Billionaire's March." Well-dressed men and women, smoking cigars, can be seen holding up signs like "Free the Forbes 400," and "Billionaires are People, Too."
But on the more serious side, some very disturbing facts are brought to light. A "Candidate Comparison" shows just how similar Bush and Gore really are. And in the "Candidate Price/Performance Analysis," there is a list of returns on "investments" that specific industries have made to political campaigns.
Because of the professional, organized way in which it is set up, this website often blurs the line between reality and humor. But perhaps, particularly in an election year, that line is a little blurry to begin with. -Sarah Koenig