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This movie is very convincing, in that it doesn't come out swinging. It slips in your back door, tries to make you feel at home, says "don't you remember the 80's? Yeah, those were good times..." It uses the words of two presidents, while utterly ignoring the fact that words and actions are usually worlds apart in politics. It makes Reagan seem like a free market godsend while ignoring the fact the government grew under his control, or that the deficit grew under his control. It ignores the fact that the current economic downturn is rooted in Reaganomics, and that any government attempt to influence this downturn requires money, that any businessman will tell you "you have to spend money to make money." It fails to mention the republicans that have come after Reagan, who have also expanded federal government size and spending. It paints one side as right, and the other as utterly wrong; it turns a gray, nuanced problem into a typical "black or white, you're with us or against us" argument. It's pure propaganda, financed by someone who wants your money. It fails to mention that free market is a ruler of sorts, that companies want your money just as badly as the government does. It fails to mention America's history of abuse at the hands of corporations, the bleak world of "free market" in the 19th and early 20th century, a time before weekends, vacation, raises, or benefits of any kind. Rather than explore what each side means, it expects you to sit down and agree. And some people will, which is sad. Rather than explore any actual solutions, it suggests that you just kind of agree with the message. And while you're not looking, it helps itself to that money in your cookie jar. And that makes it better than what it argues against?
Talking about spending and without discussing how so called
conservatives slashed revenue tells only half the story. Aside from
WW2, we paid our bills up until Reagan.
Lyndon Johnson (D) cut taxes for the top bracket from 90% to 70% in 1964.
***Reagan and Bush 41 cut taxes on the top bracket from 70% to 28% from 1980-1986. That's a 42% tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.***
Clinton (D)raised taxes on the top bracket from 28 to 39%. We ran a budget surplus from 1998-2001.
Bush 43 created Dept. Homeland Security (huge) installed the unfunded prescription drug benefit, $700 billion in debt by 2015, and cut taxes for the top bracket to 35% during two wars (?)
Obama (D) wants to raise taxes 4% on the top bracket. If that helps us pay our bills, fine. I'm upper middle class. I can handle 4% more taxes to live in a balanced budget USA.
For the millionaires and billionaires who don't want to do their part, there's always Dubai. 90% up to 1964 and 70% up to 1981 seems draconian, but 39% isn't anything to cry about. We have the fifth lowest taxes in the developed world.
Why anyone in the US middle class would be so horny for Reagan has always baffled me. He talked a good game while he screwed us.
If 'conservatives' are so into personal responsibility, how about paying for the roads, bridges, schools, social security, and national security we all use, rather than borrowing tax cuts from our two time 20th Century proxy war opponent?
The Movie shows only the highlights of the Reagan administration and
ignored the Surplus Clinton left. It neglected to mention the fact that
Regan actually raised taxes once it realized that it was necessary. The
movie makes fun of Nixon and ignores all of Reagans failings such as
the Olie North debacle and Savings and Loan collapse. The is always
more then one way to govern and in an extremely complex world there are
no simple answers and until the two major parties work together all
will can look forward to is years of bickering and failure.
The movie is a perfect recruiting tool for the Tea party but the one sided view of a complicated issue does nothing to enhance the dialog but just adds to the already splinted electorate.
A Conservative documentary in the world of film today is an extreme
rarity. The fact that this movie was theatrical is amazing as well.
Usually, this is the type of documentary Fox News puts out. Boasting a
0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and being either a love it/hate it
documentary, I Want Your Money isn't groundbreaking, but does bring
good points to light and is fairly easy for a person lacking government
knowledge, like myself, to get into.
The argument is simple; the people want maximum freedom and minimum government. Filmmaker Ray Griggs is very likable with his calm and laidback tone throughout the film. He proves to the Left that you can be a Republican and be softspoken. People like Rush Limbaugh aren't typical Republicans. A lot of them can be very opinionated, but others, like Griggs, can be mature and direct about the whole issue.
I Want Your Money contrasts Reagan's government policies with Obama's government policies dubbed 'Reaganomics" and "Obamanomics." One is pro-Capitalism the other is pro-Socialism. Both have completely different views of the perfect America.
Several people like Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Lila Rose, Gary Bauer, and others give their insight on the topics presented like The Stimulus Plan and how it was one of the shadiest plans ever passed and multiple other topics. Ray Griggs narrates the film and is quiet but stern saying "hey, it's your money they're spending." This has been called a piece of propaganda, but isn't every political documentary in a way? One could call Fahrenheit 9/11 a piece of Democratic propaganda. The definition of propaganda is biased and sometimes misleading information used in a political event. Fahrenheit 9/11 doesn't tell the whole truth and neither does this.
While Reagan, a cut throat but successful president, did force many Americans off of Welfare, he also is responsible for increasing taxes at points of his presidency and making the government very large which is one of the biggest problems in this nation. I Want Your Money neglects to mention every detail.
For a documentary, it is satirical and funny. It utilizes computer animated clips of Presidents like Obama, Reagan, Clinton, Nixon, both Bush Sr. and Jr., and various other non presidents like Hilary and Palin. The clips portray the presidents as big headed and all living in the present day describing the current America, and even being taught by Reagan in a classroom using the aspect of Socialism. The cartoons are cute and honest.
My political knowledge is very small, but I have a basic understanding of the current and recent Presidents. As for Obama, I don't love him, but I respect him for a few reasons. I don't agree with Socialism and believe it could lead to one of the biggest downfalls in American history. I will say Barack Obama is very knowledgeable and an excellent speaker. He has a strict voice saying "I'm going to do this," but it doesn't come off as a harsh.
When asking me my political preference I can't say I'd choose either. I lean towards Conservative, but I would say I'm a minor Liberatarian. Maximum Freedom, Minimum Government is the way to go these days. Like said in I Want Your Money, if the government is big enough to give you everything they want, then the government is big enough to take whatever they want.
I could go on forever describing every word of my view on politics, but I refuse and stop myself. Politics are a stupid thing to argue over. It isn't worth a flame war or a diminished friendship. It isn't worth it at all. It's worth having a preference, but it isn't worth a fight. I Want Your Money is a good documentary. It doesn't deserve hate or anything close to it. It knows itself and stays true to its roots.
Starring: Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Lila Rose, and Gary Bauer. Directed by: Ray Griggs.
I remember a time when we as a people trusted in each other and upheld
the notion of a person's character until proved otherwise. We trusted
our government perhaps naively because we assumed others were like
ourselves. We saw ourselves and others as decent and moral beings.
We don't do that much anymore. Look to this little piece of propaganda to understand why. Watch it to understand the politics of division and manipulation.
To get to the truth, do as the film suggests and follow the money. The characters in this cast have done pretty well for themselves by attacking and dividing, by slander and derision, and by inciting others to attack the foundations of our democracy. We were not always like that. We once had a good country, a wholesome spirit, and we believed in each other.
So watch this film. Ask what the makers of this film want from you. Do they want to build or destroy? Build trust or destroy it? Build a better nation or destroy it? Benefit you or benefit them? An examination of the message and intent of this film does indeed reveal that you cannot trust anybody anymore. Thus they succeed no matter what you believe.
Really bad accounting about half way through the movie where they try
to dispel the fact that most of the 2009 deficit was inherited from
Bush policies. For instance they try shift a $410 billion omnibus
spending bill to Obama. Folks, an omnibus spending bill is no more than
an congressional appropriation for funding the departments of
government that have been approved under a budget -- that 2009 budget
was Bush's.** They add another $60 billion to Obama for the auto bail
out. The auto bail monies were funded by Bush's TARP before Obama ever
walked in the door. I'm surprised they didn't try to shift the cost
responsibility of the wars to Obama. After all he was the Commander in
Chief when they made this so called documentary.
** (Yes there was about $8 Bil in earmarks tacked on for Rep & Dems -- but let's ask Bush about how many earmarks he approved during his tenure)
The major issue about this film is simple in that it panders to the
demographic it was made for. The funny thing is that most conservatives
will openly admit that (and to be honest it doesn't even try to hide
the fact the documentarian is a conservative) but at the same time
"progressives", I guess they can't be called liberals anymore, accept
Michael Moore completely.
Both "documentaries" have a transparent agenda yet this will be bashed by liberals and accepted by conservatives just as it is reversed in almost any Moore film .. I mean, honestly, why do we still call Moore films documentaries when it has been proved time and time and time again they have no resemblance of one ...
Great movie if you are conservative; progressives will hate it. Simple as that.
As a registered Dem I watched this movie with an open mind. Having grown up in the 80's and seen my SS cut when I turned 18, because of Reagan's tax cuts. I also did not get my college payed for by the government after the Reagan tax cuts. So I was not a fan of Reagan. But after I had gone to college, getting my AS degree and going to work, I discovered how much I pay in taxes and how little I get back. I don't feel it's right that I work hard to make more money and I'm taxed even more. So I do think the government is way to big and should be reduced in size by a lot. People should not want the government to do everything for us. I won't be voting for Obama this time. It's time to stop expanding the government.
This movie shows the reality behind our Government spending and
expansion. Unfortunately too many are simply uneducated as to the
reality of the past century worth of government events. This is where
this movie helps step up and help educate people, provided they are
willing to learn.
If people did the research and learned about the real data and numbers, they would see this movie is spot on, albeit in an alternate method of displaying it. Reagan expanded government the LEAST out of any president since the 19th Century (less than 3%). Reagan (and Congress) helped return this country's budget to a long term and sustainable surplus provided the gov't after him continued his tax cut, cut spending methodology, which Clinton and his cronies helped destroy in a matter of a few months. 2 weeks before Bill left office, him and Congress had returned the budget to a quickly increasing deficit. Bush Jr inherited the quickly growing deficit and did what he could with a Democrat Congress, 9/11 and everything else he had to deal with to curtail it. By the end of 2006, he had helped curtail the deficit to within 1.14% of GDP (down from the 4% he inherited) until the extremist liberals took over at the start of 2007 when it went downhill again (expanded from 3.18% immediately after the first Democrat budgets took effect in 2008 to the current 10.91%, highest since the Great Depression).
Do the research, look at the data, the facts and reality are there. This movie just helps present it in a way that people willing to learn and understand can do so.
This is pure propaganda and not the entertaining kind either. As in all propaganda the statements that are presented as fact are half truths. The fact that Nixon, Regan and G. W. Bush's administrations were responsible for the biggest budget deficits in history was not even mentioned. This is pure fascist propaganda brought to you by the same people that have been pushing religion and any other mid evil practices they can come up with. There is no question that a small amount of money and time was spent on this project. If the premise was really fair and unbalanced then it could have been a good piece instead it is heavily biased and while the bias is subtle at first it becomes evident as the film wears on.
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