I Want Your Money

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Appearing at the Heritage Foundation’s Bloggers Briefing on August 31, 2010 was Jim Van Eerden, the executive producer of I Want Your Money. “These trend lines that we’re seeing [that] really give an indication of the threat that faces us in regard to the growth of government,” Van Eerden asserted.

This documentary employs interviews from well-known politicians, political and economic experts, movie clips, theatrical portrayals, graphics and comic animation to illustrate in plain terms the Obama and the Reagan views of the Federal government’s role in American society:

  • The latter view does homage to the traditional idea of the American dream by holding to the principles that your earned wages are at your personal discretion to better your opportunities and condition of life.
  • The former view leads to a controlling Washington D.C. as it promotes the concepts of big federal government, allowing it to have a hand in distributing tax payer’s wealth in whatever manner it sees fit.

Van Eerden said that the intention of the film is to encourage people to “think of what economics work, and what economics really don’t.” With the United States’ national deficit hitting in the range of one and a half trillion dollars at the closing of fiscal year 2009, the option of small or big Federal government is an issue debated in the words and actions of both political parties.

Kristin Theresa Jaroma is an intern at the American Journalism Center, a training program run by Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia.

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