Filed under: Energy / Environment, Government Spending, Shameless Self Promotion | Tags: epa, nfib, small business, spilled milk
My latest video for NFIB – you should watch if for no other reason than the fact that I got milk on my ceiling while filming this one.
Filed under: Government Spending
Via DCist, a fine illustration of my hard-earned tax dollars at work. After three blizzards and two and a half weeks of excruciatingly slow melting, the DC government finally remembered it had a massive $120,000 Snow Melter sitting on a back lot somewhere:
Filed under: Government Spending, Online Video, Protest, Shameless Self Promotion, Taxes | Tags: tea party
One year ago today, I walked down to Lafayette Park across the street from the White House, then-brand-new Flip cam in hand, and shot some video at the first Tea Party in DC. Dozens of similar rallies were held across the nation that day, kicking off what would become one of the most widespread and effective grassroots movements in American history.
Looking back at the video from that day, I’m struck by the foresight demonstrated by Brendan Steinhauser of FreedomWorks, who declared: “This is only the beginning! This is a shot… that is going to be heard around the country!” How right he was.
Filed under: Energy / Environment, Government Spending, Health Care, Obama, Online Video, Protest, Republican Party, Shameless Self Promotion
Here are some video highlights that I just shot at the big 9/12 Taxpayer Tea Party March in DC. Crowd estimates are varying widely, but it’s safe to say it’s by far the largest gathering of grassroots small-government folks I’ve ever seen in my 15+ years living in DC.
Not since I stood in line all night long on the Mall with tens of thousands of other proud Americans to view President Reagan’s casket in the Capitol’s Rotunda have I felt more hopeful that people on our side really care passionately about what happens in Washington.
Anyway, here’s the video. No swastikas, counter-protesters or profanity to edit out – it’s a very peaceful crowd full of proud, yet very concerned, Americans who are just exercising their First Amendment rights.
Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute provides a great rebuttal to folks who repeatedly claim that public schools are underfunded.
A thousand academic white papers have made the same point, but you’ll have much more success ending the inevitable education-funding rant at your next happy hour if you just print this chart out and whip it out of your back pocket at the appropriate time. Then use your Flip video camera to record your lefty friend’s stuttering and stammering for all of YouTube to see.
Filed under: Energy / Environment, Government Spending, Online Video | Tags: cash for clunkers, corvette
Killing a perfectly good Corvette — for Cash for Clunkers…
How exactly is this a productive use of our tax dollars again? Couldn’t this car have provided somebody with a relatively cool and low-cost means of transportation for several more years?
Once again, online video covers a part of the story that the mainstream media won’t.
“This is like quitting drinking, but making an exception for beer and hard liquor,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan watchdog group.
Bartender! Over here, please!
HT: Club for Growth
Bad news for Big-Government Republicans and Democrats who hope to capitalize on the principled stands of true fiscal conservatives who refuse to go along with Washington’s limitless spending: most people understand that an economic crisis caused by massive debt and overspending will never be solved by more debt and overspending.
Building on last week’s chart from the Heritage Foundation that so effectively puts President Obama’s $100 million in proposed spending cuts in perspective, check out this video that popped up recently. Quick. Easy. Cheap to produce. And incredibly effective.
Filed under: Government Spending, Obama, Staging | Tags: heritage foundation
The folks at Heritage have been releasing some powerful illustrations lately, perhaps none better than the one below, which shows the size of President Obama’s proposed spending cuts in relation to the massive levels of recent federal spending:
One thing many conservatives have done for far too long is try to make points only using words and unemotional logic and reason. Of course, when the other side always says they want to “help” the children or the elderly, responding with points about millions and billions and percentages is allmost always a losing argument.
We need to draw pictures for people so they can literally see the difference between millions and billions and trillions. We need to tell emotional stories to people so they feel what’s at stake if we continue to saddle our children and grandchildren with crushing debt. And with the one illustration above, Heritage is probably educating and mobilizing more people than they did with their last 10 (very well done and informative) policy papers combined.