Group Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness About Soaring National Debt

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    Group Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness About Soaring National Debt


    The Employment Policies Institute has launched a costly, multimedia campaign to educate the public about the consequences of America's $11 trillion debt, and urge the country to reverse course.


    A nonprofit advocacy group has launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to raise awareness about America's soaring federal debt.

    The multimedia campaign is trying to hammer its message on all fronts. It includes a Web site -- Defeatthedebt.com, which features a rolling odometer showing the red ink at over $11 trillion -- and a startling new TV ad. The ad shows school children pledging allegiance to the national debt.

    "And to the Chinese government that lends us money, and to the interest, for which we pay, compoundable, with higher taxes and lower pay until the day we die," the school children in the ad say.

    Organizers say it's a critical educational campaign to inform the public of the real-world consequences of owing so much on the national credit card.

    Group Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness About Soaring National Debt - Political News - FOXNews.com
     
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    ironical.
     
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    Are you assuming that they are using tax dollars? Looks to me like a group who is interested in lowering other people's taxes by spending some of their own money to help explain it to us.
     
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    Nope. It's a lobbyist front group.
    DefeatTheDebt.com is part of Employment Policies Institute, which is a front group for Berman & Co, a registered DC lobbyist firm. They're not using tax dollars, that's true. They're using corporate dollars, to get what the corporations want.

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    http://defeatthedebt.com/about-us/
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Employment_Policies_Institute_Foundation
     
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    Meh, as long as it's not my money they are using. Whether I believe in their message or not, I will find out when I understand it, but since they are not using tax dollars, that is freedom of speech.
     
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    Of course it is. They're not doing anything "wrong" or illegal. They're just not exactly who they try to come across as.
     
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    I didn't assume anything of the sort. Spending money to persuade someone else not to spend money is ironic.
     
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    Corporations wanting to reduce the national debt is a good thing.
     
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    Neither are those advertising on Obama's side. ;)
     
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    How many actually do?
     

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