Video: The 2012 National Debt Road Trip

posted at 11:01 am on April 21, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

For our liberal friends who never tire of claiming the nation’s fiscal problems were inherited from the prior administration, buckle up and enjoy this instructive clip from our friends at Political Math (via Gabriel Malor).

It is difficult to demonstrate the scope of the deficit problem in easily understood terms, and this is great work by Political Math. Extending this analogy a little further, it’s interesting that an Administration which made it a priority to require the auto industry to produce more fuel efficient cars, in other words cars which do more with less, sees no need for such austerity when it comes to its own operations. The President would have us cram our families into a hybrid, while he and his underlings in the GSA are out taking the government Lamborghini for a few (trillion) laps around the deficit track. Forget austerity and efficiency, those are failed policies of the past. The only thing this President wants is more and more fuel for his spending. High octane from the 1% initially, but rest assured, he will keep that supercar running at 200+ mph on lower grade if he has to. And he will.

If you ask me, this, even more than the economy, should be the defining issue of the 2012 election. The President was presented with multiple opportunities to address the long term deficit – including a bipartisan framework from his own commission – and each time he simply to chose to walk away. This is one of the most remarkable failures of presidential leadership in history, and it’s time to take the keys away before we careen into an abyss we’ll never get out of. Which is apparently located somewhere south of Puerto Rico.


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I love 10,000 Pennies. They’ve put out some good videos and they are only getting better at it.

BigGator5 on April 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Putting a dog on top of that car running at Obama’s Ludicrous Speed…

Doggone.

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Which is apparently located somewhere south of Puerto Rico.

Club Gitmo is near by…
Just drop off Obama there.

Electrongod on April 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

This is one of the most remarkable failures of presidential leadership in history,

Jimmeh is happy!

upinak on April 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Picture o, Reid, and Nanzi in a convertible, looking out over the precipice.

“Lets keep going.”

iurockhead on April 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I love videos like this, they are interesting. But I don’t think it moves the conversation forward to the average citizen, they just consider it slight of hand with no basis in reality. Higher gas and grocery bills are the most profoundly effective indication of the economy for most.

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

When JugEars ignored Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson from his National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and the Sunday Morning talk shows became crickets, along with the media not holding the Senates feet to the fire for a budget…we knew we were doomed. A dog on the roof!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

It is difficult to demonstrate the scope of the deficit problem in easily understood terms

And this is the great evil. The numbers themselves are so mind-numbing that they block out almost any thought of exactly what the root of the problem might be. Imagine for a moment, if we as Americans weren’t so easily bought and paid for by the constant stream of our neighbors’ money and the Federal Reserve’s printing press. Imagine if we were truly frightened by the prospect of a Federal “Social Safety Net”. Imagine for a moment that we saw this so-called “Safety Net” for what it really is; a straight jacket!
Do you suppose for one minute that we’d be in this situation right now, if we as a people weren’t so gullible and unenvolved?

Lew on April 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Videos like this are all well and good, but they don’t show the logical consequences of what will happen when the money runs out.

Rebar on April 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Would have been better without the political bias and just straight up numbers talking.

ButterflyDragon on April 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Barry fancies himself as Scaramanga, but is much more like Nick Nack(From the front page picture…)

Joe Biden is certainly the Sheriff and Soros is certainly Hai Fat…

Now who is Bond… Oh let me think… Captain Ed as the Roger Moore Bond and Allahpundit as the George Lazenby version…

phreshone on April 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Please list where the guest bloggers are from. Thanks!

kingsjester on April 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The picture leading to the thread, shows exactly what JugEars has done with the keys to the car!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Please list where the guest bloggers are from. Thanks!

kingsjester on April 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

….and then do you think we get a chance to give a thumbs up or thumbs down? Naaah…me either!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

….and then do you think we get a chance to give a thumbs up or thumbs down? Naaah…me either!

KOOLAID2 on April 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

no.

upinak on April 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

You guys are right. Sooo…we have to do our own research. Morgen blogs at verumserum.com.

kingsjester on April 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Sorry, I’ll include a short bio in a future post, probably on Monday. Yes, I blogged at Verum Serum which is (sadly) now on hiatus. Just a regular guy, not a new media rock star like Ed or AP. So I’ll try not to screw up too much…and I welcome your feedback and tips at morgenr AT gmail dot com.

Morgen Richmond on April 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The video tries, but it is no home run…maybe gets to first base.

albill on April 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I disagree with this videos assertion. Better to look at real numbers and actual cause and effect.

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

1:17 mark.

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM

The video has no negative visual.
Driving across America! Yay- a fun road trip!

According to the video if it wasn’t for Obama we would have never made it across America to Florida and the on to the Bahamas…and Obama was such a fast driver he got us cross country even faster.

One can’t use a positive (driving to a destination in America) to show a negative (more debt).

albill on April 21, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Now who is Bond… Oh let me think… Captain Ed as the Roger Moore Bond and Allahpundit as the George Lazenby version…

phreshone on April 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

ROTFLMAO…. Nice suck up, but FAIL… Captain Ed is short fat and bald, and everybody knows that Allahpundit is really a Black Lab

SWalker on April 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

If you ask me, this, even more than the economy, should be the defining issue of the 2012 election. The President was presented with multiple opportunities to address the long term deficit – including a bipartisan framework from his own commission – and each time he simply to chose to walk away. This is one of the most remarkable failures of presidential leadership in history, and it’s time to take the keys away before we careen into an abyss we’ll never get out of.

And this is why we should vote for whichever Republican gets the nomination. S/he will not be worse than Obama on this issue, which is about ready to destroy the United States.

I disagree with this videos assertion. Better to look at real numbers and actual cause and effect.

Bmore on April 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Um, they did show the real numbers. The deficit increased more in less than one term of Obama than it did under 8 years of Bush. That is an indisputable fact.

talkingpoints on April 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Public perception is wrong about the 90s.
Bill Clinton was the luckiest president evah.

–The economic boom of the Reagan era was still going strong into the George H. W. Bush years, but toward the end of his term we finally slid into a recession (I wonder whether breaking his “no new taxes” pledge had anything to do with that?). The recession’s recovery was already strong by the time Clinton took office (Bush’s last quarter showed over 4% GDP growth). So Clinton inherited a very good economy.

–Clinton went too radical too quickly (trying to take over the health care industry), and the American people spanked him by voting for the 1st Republican Congress in decades during the mid-term elections. This conservative legislature prevented Clinton from enacting any more significant economic policies except for NAFTA, which never would have made it through a Democrat Congress. NAFTA was great for our economy.

–This Republican Congress forced some conservative economic policy on President Clinton, most notably welfare reform. He vetoed it twice, but was subsequently pressured to sign the popular measure during an election year. Hundreds of thousands of people who had turned the welfare safety net into a hammock were forced to find jobs. They became taxpayers, and their new salaries enabled them to spend more, helping the economy.

–The 90s was the decade of the computer. Nearly every business went digital, exponentially increasing productivity and profits, enabling companies to hire and expand. Businesses weren’t the only ones buying from Bill Gates–schools, universities, charities, and households around the world bought American-made computers, pumping more dollars into the economy.

–The downturn that supposedly began during W’s 1st term actually had been declining since the previous summer. In fact, Bush (and others) saw it then, but when he warned us about it, he was accused of trying to “talk down” the economy. This downturn was accelerated by the fear, destruction, and insecurity brought on by the 9/11 attacks (Why did you slash the military and intelligence budgets, Mr. Clinton? Why did you refuse–twice!–when the Sudanese offered Osama to you on a silver platter?).

itsnotaboutme on April 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I love videos like this, they are interesting. But I don’t think it moves the conversation forward to the average citizen, they just consider it slight of hand with no basis in reality. Higher gas and grocery bills are the most profoundly effective indication of the economy for most.

Cindy Munford on April 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Well, then they’ll deserve what’s coming next.

Voyager on April 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM