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Production still from “I Want Your Money”
Opening nationwide in theaters this weekend is a feature film aimed at showing the stark contrast between Ronald Reagan’s vision for the American future and that of President Barack Obama.
“I Want Your Money” is the creation of Ray Griggs, an award-winning director who grew up as the son of a U.S. military man serving overseas.
The film combines interviews with economists, notable conservatives, WND columnists – and even animated appearances squaring off Presidents Obama and Reagan – in a dramatized debate over just how big and how expensive the federal government should be.
“Two versions of the American dream now stand in sharp contrast,” the film’s website declares. “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 one’s lot in life and the entrepreneurial spirit of daring to dream and to build big.
“The other believes that the federal government, using taxpayers’ money, should play a major role in leveling out the nation’s wealth to guarantee outcomes to all, regardless of effort,” the filmmakers say. “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 children’s children will enjoy.”
The moviemakers, who praise the tea-party movement in the film’s trailer, are clearly hoping the movie will have a motivating impact on the “Don’t Tread on Me” crowd in the upcoming election, infusing the preview with the tagline, “The only thing scarier than the truth … is doing nothing about it.”
The promotional trailer for “I Want Your Money” can be seen below:
In one of a series of the film’s cartoon shorts – interspersed between video clips of interviewees and archival footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter and several others – an animated Reagan is seen in the Oval Office with Obama, looking at a chart of Obamacare’s progress.
Reagan asks the sitting president, “Whatcha doin’ here?”
“I’m redistributing the wealth,” Obama replies. “I learned in school spreading the wealth is good for everyone.”
“Well,” Reagan responds in his oft-imitated voice, “I learned from real life that it’s not. In fact, there’s a word for it: It’s called theft.”
A video clip of the real Ronald Reagan is also seen in the film declaring of Congress, “We could say they spend like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to drunken sailors, because the sailors are spending their own money.”
The filmmakers interviewed a long list of noteworthy voices for “I Want Your Money,” including the following:
Former presidential candidate and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee
One of those interviewed for the film, Wall Street Journal economist Stephen Moore, puts an exclamation point on the film’s message, blasting congressional spending “beyond our means” and leaving the debt to future generations as “fiscal child abuse.”
The filmmakers boast that in anticipation of its release, preview clips have attracted over 75,000 viewers per month.
Those interested in seeing the film can take advantage of a state-by-state theater locator on the film’s website, which details the 537 theaters nationwide where “I Want Your Money” can be seen.