“Six Years” Radio Spot

It is now ____ days until the election.


Our County Board Chairman calls the failed industrial park at Mill Race “the flagship of our economic development” even though it has no water and sewer access. In six years, the only jobs connected to Mill Race are NIDA staff jobs funded by you, the taxpayer, at a cost of $100,000 per year.


I believe you deserve better. With new fiscally conservative leadership, we will do better. With your support, we can make meaningful change.


I’m Joe Candidate and I approve this message.

“IDOC Warning” Radio Spot

It is now ____ days until the election.


The Illinois Department of Corrections has warned our county that our jail is severely understaffed, creating a danger for deputies and detainees. Yet the current county leadership has put this on the back burner while we pour money into NIDA for meetings and studies.


I believe you deserve better. With new leadership, we will do better. With your support, we can make meaningful change.


I’m Joe Candidate and I approve this message.

“Back Burner” Radio Spot

It is now ____ days until the election.

Did you know, last year our county leadership gave NIDA $100,000 to hold meetings while continued reductions of the Sheriff’s budget forced us to cut deputies? For years we have put public safety on the back burner so we can fund the county “Flagship” Mill Race, NIDA and increased debt.

I believe you deserve better. With new fiscally conservative leadership, we will do better. With your support, we can make meaningful change.

I’m Joe Candidate and I approve this message.

“What Could You Buy?” 60 Second TV Spot

We open on a waitress standing in front of a white background. After she speaks, we cut to an Admiral, and then keep cutting to new people as each explains what we could buy with the money in the national debt.

WAITRESS: If you had the 14.5 trillion dollars we need to pay off the national debt, you could buy lunch for everyone on Earth every day for a year.

ADMIRAL: Or 2,800 Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

MOVIE DIRECTOR: You could make the movie Avatar 61,000 times.

SOLDIER: Or fund the defense budget for 22 years.

ASTRONAUT: Or fund the space program for 763 years.

WOMAN IN AIRLINE PILOT’S UNIFORM: Or buy 650,000 corporate jets.

MAN IN A WAL-MART UNIFORM: Or buy Wal-Mart…80,000 times over.

MAN IN A BUSINESS SUIT: In fact, you could buy the top ten companies in the Fortune 500 and still have over 12 trillion left to spend.

WOMAN IN BUSINESS ATTIRE: You could buy every American over the age of sixteen a Mercedes E-Class sedan.

LITTLE GIRL: Or…you could buy back my future.

MVO: If we don’t deal with our crushing national debt, our children will be bankrupt before they make their first dime. The time to act is now. (Pause) End The Debt Coalition is responsible for this message.

“Lullaby” 30 Second TV Spot

We open on a baby drifting off to sleep in a crib as his mother sings a lullaby.


SFX: Lullaby music as if from a music box, under the mother’s song.


MOTHER: (singing, offscreen) Hush, little baby, don’t you fret

You’re going to pay off the national debt

Fourteen trillion piled up high

IOU’s stretching to the sky

Before you can walk or stand

You’re going to owe a cool forty-six grand


The baby appears to be asleep. The lights dim.


SFX:Footsteps as Mom walks away.


The baby’s eyes snap wide open. He has a very stressed expression and he begins sucking on his pacifier for all it’s worth.


FVO: If we don’t act now to tame our national debt, our children will be bankrupt before they make their first dime. (Pause) End The Debt Coalition is responsible for this message.

“Asteroid Drillers” 60 Second TV Spot

We open on the surface of a huge asteroid. We can see a lunar lander-type spacecraft parked on the surface and a few astronauts near the lander’s crew ladder.

SFX: Breathing noises from the astronaut’s helmets.

We cut to a view on the surface of the asteroid, a few feet from the mission commander. He pauses near the bottom of the ladder. We glimpse the legs of another astronaut as she climbs the ladder and we can clearly see into the commander’s helmet as he looks at something in the distance behind and above us.

SFX: Beeping “transmit” sound, occurs at the beginning and end of each line of dialogue

COMMANDER: Houston, this is Capricorn. We have placed the warheads and we’re about to launch. You’ll be able to blow this thing in a couple of minutes.

HOUSTON: (offscreen, slight static from radio transmission) Ah, Capricorn, we’re going to need you to stand by a minute. The President and Congress are debating exactly when we should act. Might be awhile before they decide, so sit tight.

COMMANDER: (angry) What? Do they know what we’ve got up here? We have to do this right now or it will be the end of everything! A five year old could figure this out!

HOUSTON: (terse) Stand by, Capricorn. They promise they’ll get to it.

The commander stands for a moment, staring, mouth hanging open.

FEMALE ASTRONAUT: (offscreen) My God, Chuck, you don’t think…

We see the commander’s perplexed expression as he begins to give her his answer. As he speaks, we turn and rise until we see the lander, both astronauts and what they are seeing: The Earth is filling the sky above the asteroid’s horizon, perhaps only minutes away at the asteroid’s speed. North America is visible.

COMMANDER: I don’t know…I don’t know if we have enough time. [Pause] No more time…

Cut to a black title card. White supers come up on it in sequence.

SUPER: America’s national debt is now 14.5 trillion dollars and climbing.

SUPER: If we don’t deal with it, it will cause the extinction of our economy.

SUPER: All they’ve done in Washington is fight over how to make it bigger.

SUPER: The question is, can we turn it around in time?

FVO: End The Debt Coalition is responsible for this message.

“Bank Teller” 30 Second TV Spot

We open on a young man walking down the sidewalk of a typical American town. We follow him as he steps through the door and walks up to a teller. The teller is an elderly bald man, reminiscent of Wally Shawn or Tim Conway.


YOUNG MAN: (pushing an account card and ID across the counter) I’d like to withdraw one thousand dollars from my savings account, please.


TELLER: Certainly.


He pulls a stack of bills out of his drawer, then begins to count them out at a rate of about one per second. Every move is comically slow and deliberate.


TELLER: One…two…three…


Cut to the teller’s point of view. The young man has a bemused expression on his face, and we see that a long line of customers is forming behind him. One of the customers leans out of line with a similar bemused expression, trying to see what the holdup is, as the teller keeps counting.


TELLER: (offscreen) …four…five…six


MVO: If he counted our 14.5 trillion dollar national debt at this rate, it would take him more than 459,000 years. Is it time for a change?


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December 9-11

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Good News from Iraq

Has America lost her perspective on what is going on in Iraq? Americans have rightly been revolted at the images of prisoner abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison, but it seems as if the real stories of Iraq, stories of brave troops and a liberated people, are being drowned out, if they were being told at all.

Here is just a small sample of the good your loved ones and their colleagues are doing in Iraq. The information was compiled from various sources, including the White House, the American Forces Information Service, Forbes magazine, a special report by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, SFC Ray Reynolds (234th Signal Battalion, Iowa National Guard), SPC Tim Wenzel (333rd MP Co.) and Mike Brinkmeier of Operation Homefront.

On May 11th, Iraqis took back their Ministry of Water Resources, which oversees irrigation and hydroelectric dams. The Ministry had already accomplished the restoration of wetlands Saddam had drained and the cleanup of 10,000 miles of clogged irrigation canals that had been neglected under the old regime. By the June 30th sovereignty deadline, the Ministry intends to be generating 6,000 megawatts of power from its hydroelectric dams. That’s more than has ever been generated in Iraq.

The Iraqi Army is well-trained enough and large enough to supply a brigade to secure the roads around Fallujah, freeing up U.S. Marines for combat action there.

Coalition troops and American contractors have renovated 2,500 schools, and another 800 are in progress. Nine million new math and science textbooks have been distributed to replace books that were mostly Ba’ath Party propaganda. Teachers now earn 12 to 25 times what they did before the war. All 22 universities have been re-opened.

The Iraqi health care system once had a budget of $16 million. Now it’s $1 billion. All of Iraq’s 240 hospitals and 1,200 clinics are now open, and they are seeing 30% more patients than before the war. Children have been given 22 million vaccine doses. Ouch!

A court system with 600 judges is now in place. Under the new rules, defendants have the same rights (Miranda, defense lawyers, etc.) as in our system.

More than 120 newspapers operate with full freedom of the press. Two have been shut down, but only after they tried to incite violence against Coalition troops.

Fifteen million people now have access to clean water. In Mosul, one neighborhood had been flooded with raw sewage for 17 years. Local workers were able to fix the problem for only $40,000.

Last December former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger wrote in Forbes, “A new currency has been issued and the independent central bank opened two months after the war ended. It took three years for post-WWII occupied Germany to do this.”

During Specialist Wenzel’s leave in November, he and Mike Brinkmeier compared notes on places that both had passed through in Iraq. Typical of these was the southern town of Safwa. When Brinkmeier passed through there was no water or electricity. When Wenzel arrived there was water and power, and the U.S. Army was repairing the local roads.

Baghdad has a newly elected mayor, and he will be working with an elected city council.

The Iraqi Olympic team is preparing for the Athens games in August. For the first time in more than a decade, Iraqi athletes won’t have to worry about being tortured if they lose a match. Some of them train in T-shirts that read, “Iraq is Back!”

Perhaps the greatest accomplishment is that Iraqis no longer have to fear their own government. Reacting to the political brouhaha surrounding the Abu Ghraib photos, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe said, “I would guess that these prisoners wake up every morning thanking Allah that Saddam Hussein is not in charge of these prisons. When he was in charge, they would take electric drills and drill holes through hands, they would cut their tongues out, they would cut their ears off. We’ve seen accounts of lowering their bodies into vats of acid. All these things were taking place. This was the type of treatment that they had.” And certainly it wasn’t just criminals that had to worry, but today the rape rooms, torture chambers and child prisons are closed. Commenting this month on the liberation of 50 million Afghanis and Iraqis, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said, “We’ve been privileged to take part in a great stride forward for human freedom in places where it has been scarce. And that is worth celebrating.”

“Asteroid” 30 second TV spot

We open on a starscape. We are in outer space. Far off on the distance, a tiny dot appears. We see it growing closer.


MVO: America’s national debt has reached 14.5 trillion dollars. That’s 46,000 dollars for every man, woman and child.


The dot keeps getting closer, and it seems to be moving very fast. It’s beginning to show some irregularities in its shape.


MVO: Four and a half trillion has been added just since 2008.


We see that the object is an asteroid. As it speeds toward a seeming collision course with us, we see that it’s quite immense and made of American currency. We begin to hear a whooshing sound with a low rumble under it.


SFX: Whooshing rumble of a large object traveling at high speed (under and throughout, with volume varying with the distance the asteroid is from us)


MVO: If we don’t deal with it soon, we face an extinction event for our economy. But all they’ve done in Washington is fight over how to make it bigger.


The asteroid flashes past us at amazing speed and we turn to follow it. A few coins spill off it here and there and spin after it in space. We see that the asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, which is looming large in the background of the shot. 


MVO: The question is, can we turn it around in time? (Pause) End The Debt Coalition is responsible for this message.