Documentary on government debt features Obama punching Reagan
The conservative filmmaker behind last year’s controversial “I guess I’m a racist” anti-health reform ad is planning to release a documentary about the national debt.
And to make the film “entertaining for a younger audience,” Ray Griggs has included a claymation sequence in which presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan take to the ring for an all-out boxing match.
The segment appears on the film’s promotional Web site, where Obama can be seen repeatedly landing blows on Reagan.
“Two versions of the American dream now stand in sharp contrast,” the film’s Web site states. “One views the money you earned as yours and best allocated by you. It champions the traditional American dream, which has played out millions of times through generations of Americans, of improving oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lot in life and the entrepreneurial spirit of daring to dream and to build big.
“The other believes that the federal government, using taxpayersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ money, should play a major role in leveling out the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wealth to guarantee outcomes to all, regardless of effort. How America chooses between these two views of the role of government, at this crucial juncture, will have everything to do with the future we and our children and our childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s children will enjoy.”
The movie, entitled I Want Your Money, is slated for release this October. In an interview with TPM’s Christina Bellantoni, Griggs said he made the movie because he was worried about “the freedoms and the opportunities” that will be available to his children and “the amount of debt the nation is taking on.”
Griggs gained some attention last year for an ad he produced in which actors responded to claims that opposition to health care reform is rooted in racist sentiment against Obama. “I guess I’m racist,” the actors said. Though Griggs called the short film a “national commercial,” it did not appear to have ever run on TV.
Griggs is also working on a film adaption of Kenneth Grahame’s childrens’ classic The Wind in The Willows, and on Lucifer: The Movie, an apparent remake of an eight-minute short Griggs made about the fall of Satan.
The following video was posted to YouTube August 5, 2010.