Who’s more fiscally responsible—the federal government or Charlie Sheen? You may be surprised to find out how some would approach an answer to the question.
Educational project Bankrupting America, run through the nonprofit organization Public Notice, claims scandal-plagued actor Charlie Sheen is the one winning this debate (pun intended). The organization, which says its nonpartisan mission is “finding solutions to the economic problems that concern all Americans”, took aim at the federal government’s budgeting woes in a new video that made a particularly compelling case in favor of Sheen.
The real gist of Bankrupting America’s gimmicky but clever video campaign is simple: the federal government needs to find a way to drastically reduce its $14 trillion debt load. Sure, Charlie Sheen apologetically ranted about his drug abuse and is attempting to turn an otherwise ridiculous television appearance into a business opportunity, but you’ve gotta credit him for managing to live within his means after making $30 million last year (what Sheen spent that money on is a completely different issue).
In comparison, the federal government made $2.3 trillion in last year and ended up spending well above that—roughly $1.3 trillion more. To add to the chaos, the federal government will likely have to shutdown entirely if lawmakers can’t agree on a budget for the fiscal year 2011, or at least pass a short-term funding resolution. Watch Bankrupting America’s video below to judge for yourself the real winner of this debate:
According to folks at Bankrupting America, most if not all of the economic issues plaguing the United States stem exclusively from poor policy decisions reinforced by the federal government. Because of this, one of the its main aims is deciphering complex economic policies to better education Americans about how those policies affect them for better or for worse. Check out the project’s official website for more information about it mission and other videos.