Friday, August 22, 2008


Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible
to spend only what has been raised through taxes. Wielding candid interviews
with both average American taxpayers and government officials, Sundance
veteran Patrick Creadon (Wordplay) helps demystify the
nation's financial practices and policies. The film follows former U.S.
Comptroller General David
as he crisscrosses the country explaining America's unsustainable
fiscal policies to its citizens.

A new documentary has just been released concerning the true scope and depth of the national debt. Some reviewers are calling it the "Inconvenient Truth" of our national finances. I find that a bad analogy since the national debt is real while that other thing...well...
Gazillionaire Warren "Jimmy" Buffett, who knows a little something about money, was involved in the film. Former Comptroller General David Walker quit his post in frustration and disgust to travel the country on his "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour", trying to reach "those who have eyes, but see not" and "have ears, and hear not", aka the vast majority of the American public. The movie will at least reach a wider audience than Walker's impassioned but limited speaking tour. From the interviews I've seen, Creadon and Walker have more credibility than Al Gore, Michael Moore, and, say, the United States Senate all rolled into one.

Of course, the media and Fed.Gov are treating our national financial house of cards as a non-issue. Nobody wants to notice the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Move along, nothing to see here. It hasn't even been mentioned in the presidential campaign, except by one former candidate, this crackpot representative from Texas. The government, who created this fiasco in the first place, has responded to this crisis seems along the lines of..."If we all bury our heads in the sand, maybe it will go away." The political whores who run the country seem to think we can borrow our way out of debt. Kind of like the 1700's medicine of bleeding a patient to get the bad blood out, but with less chance of success.

I'm glad to movie will open at least a few sheeple eyes. It won't, I'm sure, have any effect on the upcoming presidential elections. The vast majority of the electorate (judging by Obama campaign commercials, especially) still thinks Fed.Gov is Santa Claus, there to give them whatever "presents" they desire, and to hell with where the money (or lack of it) actually comes from.
Oh well, there's a new episode of "CSI Newark" on, there's still $57.16 left on the credit card, and there's a six-pack in the fridge. All is well.


Ben said...

I'll definitely go and see this (if it's in any of my local theaters), or more likely see it when it comes out on DVD.

Ben said...

I see that Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr endorsed this movie.