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I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  14 November 2008 (UK)
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Few are aware that America may be on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. explores the country's shocking current fiscal condition and ways to avoid a national economic disaster.

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I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to collect? Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions. Throughout history, the American government has found it nearly impossible to spend only what has been raised through taxes. The film blends interviews with both average American taxpayers and government officials to demystify the nation's financial practices and policies. The film follows U.S. Comptroller General David Walker as he crisscrosses the country explaining America's unsustainable fiscal policies to its citizens. The film interweaves archival footage and economic ... Written by Anonymous

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One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

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$61,313 (USA) (22 August 2008)

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$820,967 (USA) (27 February 2009)
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We've Got Another Bond to Buy
Written by Harold Adamson (uncredited) and Jimmy McHugh (uncredited)
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Cat's paw
3 April 2010 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Peter Peterson is one of the chief proponents of 'entitlement' reduction; i.e. Social Security and Medicare. Never in any discussion of deficits are the exorbitant sums spent for military boondoggles, outdated ineffective weaponry (corporate welfare) , uncontrolled and unexamined payments to our corrupt 'allies' (Karzai, Pakistani Intelligence Services, Israel). So be careful, especially if you're a boomer and just about ready to get Social Security - it may not be there if Peterson has his way. His argument sounds so sensible, unless you include the elements he's ignored. It's noticeable that there are almost no voices on this panel to protect Social Security & Medicare.


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