Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Want Your Money / I.O.U.S.A. (video reviews)

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I wanted to present you with two quick, but complementary, video reviews that will help you understand the fiscal conservative view.

First up is I Want Your Money - this is a neat film that basically summarizes the conservative fiscal viewpoint. It cleverly uses animated Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama sketches to explain various concepts. It also interviews some mainstream conservatives, which was nice to put a face to the books I've been reading by these same conservatives. I recommend the video to get a grounding in current conservative economics and thought. It seems the Blu-Ray version is a Director's Cut with "never before seen footage" - I didn't see this version, but I'm sure the added footage makes it even better than the standard version I saw.

Next up is I.O.U.S.A. The film is slightly outdated as it was filmed at the end of the Bush presidency (and thus tends to skewer Bush a bit, though deservedly so) but it still presents the debt problem in an easy to understand way. It uses graphics, interviews, etc to make its point. I found it informative - it mentions the history of the Concord Coalition (an early Tea Party type group) and Concerned Youth of America (which seems to be dormant, at least on the Internet) which was informative as I had all but forgotten about the Concord Coalition and hadn't heard of CYA. It breaks the debt issue into 4 segments, tackling each segment individually making the whole easier to understand.

These two videos are a great way to get up and running on some current issues that are coming to a head right now, especially the debt issue. Watch them, get a good grounding on the issues and then come back to Tony Island blog and discuss your thoughts.

Have you seen either or both of these documentaries before? Then please leave your thoughts below so others can learn from you.

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