Bankrupting America — a project of the nonpartisan, fiscally conservative group Public Notice — is back with another funny, and slightly risqué, Internet video about the national debt, with an important warning on a topic all too familiar to Washington’s political class: fidelity.
“Fiscal fidelity,” in this case.
Public Notice will begin pushing the video out on Monday, just in time for the super committee’s mid-week deadline to reach a deal to reduce the deficit. As that deadline looms, doubts of a workable deal are growing. And with those doubts come a greater likelihood of across-the-board, mandatory spending cuts. (RELATED: Super committee put on Public Notice’)
The ad, released Thursday, opens on a congressman in a hotel room dressed in ruffled suit, pantless (with boxers, mercifully) and pleading with an unseen temptress. “This isn’t right,” he says, as a light piano and violin score begins. “I’ve got a wife, kids, constituents. You can be so hurtful!” he yells, turning to a bag of open money on the other bed.
“You know it’s wrong!” he challenges the cash. “Our debt is deteriorating our economic growth and more spending isn’t going to help create the jobs that we need. Of course you make me feel good, but you hurt my constituents and my family … and our country.”
“No, I’m not going to fall for that sweet talk anymore,” the politician whines, rising to an angry yell: “I’m sorry but we’re through! You hear me? We’re done!”
“Goodbye,” he sobs.
The video closes with the message, “It’s time for us to cut off our relationship with irresponsible spending. Let’s promote fiscal fidelity and say ‘no’ to more government spending.”
Public Notice has made waves lately, launching a prominent billboard advertising campaign in New York City’s Times Square, running a TV campaign called “America could learn a lot from a drug addict” and releasing a Veterans Day online message that “Congress could learn a lot from: veterans.”