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Politics & Pop Culture from a homocon.
I.O.U.S.A. A History of the American Debt
February 11, 2010Posted by on
This is a documentary that I watched yesterday while snowed in during snowpocalypse2.0. What is fascinating about this compelling film is that were the subject matter not so serious, the movie would almost be laughable.
Think of this film as Economics 101, a primer on how the American government spends your money, and what the future holds for us unless our habits are changed quickly.
It is an unabashed wake-up call to the American public. The issue at hand is the national debt; growing faster every day in the fertile environment of short term planning and instant gratification, mixed with a lack of leadership across the entire political spectrum.
While the message is sobering, the graphics and animation are terrific. I love the rolling penny which symbolizes the history of the national debt as a percentage of the GDP.
The people who are highlighted in this film include David Walker, the former Comptroller General of the United States at the GAO and Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition.
This is a documentary that everyone should see, but most will not. Not only should this be required viewing for every graduating high school senior, but it should also be required for every Congressman and Senator every time they are up for reelection.