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It’s even less funny in Chinese

It’s even less funny in Chinese

There is something disturbing about an explanation of our debt crisis in Chinese, even if the video producers are in Taiwan, not mainland China.

It’s easy for them to laugh.


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LukeHandCool | July 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

All I can say is 哈哈哈哈哈 !!!!!

DINORightMarie | July 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Are you sure these people are from Taiwan?! They forgot to show where that fire hose is connected – Mainland China. Although they did have the clerk charging the stuff as a Panda.

And, I think they are a bit biased toward Democrats. They left out a few things.

For example, the GOP “elephant” is also trying to stop the government from spending money we don’t have. Not sure how they could show this via animation…..maybe by putting a “Shirmp on a Treadmill” toy on the store’s conveyor belt, only to have the Responsible Adult – the elephant GOP – step in and take it away, with Sad Obama pouting, then Mad Obama pitching a fit at the store (more fire, then? or just steam coming out of those ears…?).

I’ve thought of a few other things….(slashing knives; hands throwing money off a balcony to eagerly jumping shrimp on treadmills, Jell-O wrestlers; screaming cry baby Democrats pitching 2-year old temper tantrums as the Adult Elephant says, “We can’t afford it.”) come…. to mind, but a petulant child Obama not getting to spend vicariously seemed to cover it.

I wish Republicans would show more savvy in their mass communication. The term ‘Debt Ceiling’, as framed by Democrats and the media, is not only inaccurate but counter-intuitive in explaining to the public why taking on more national debt is wrong.

In just about every chart I’ve seen, our national debt is expressed as an incline; on the upside of the X-axis, following the language that debt is ‘accumulated’.

But our conservative communicators don’t seem to appreciate the fact that the public is also used to seeing inclines as an expression of positive attributes (e.g., profits, surpluses, productivity, etc.)

Tell a person the country’s debt has risen and you’ll get a shrug. Tell the same person the country has ‘sunk’ deeper into debt (or a pit) and you’ll get a very different reaction.

Call it for it really is. A pit. A crater.