Republicans’s message on the debt and deficit is almost as strong as their record is weak. It’s time Democrats pointed that out. The challenge is communicating the impact of so many zeros. This ad does it by breaking it down into each tax payer’s share. The tapping sound of the teacher’s pointer gives a structure and cadence to this short spot.
TITLE: LEARNED OUR LESSON
Written By: Trevor Davis
Script Last Updated: 01-JAN-2012 8:22:03 PM
TEACHER stands at blackboard with a pointer which he taps against it to emphasize his points.
TEACHER [POINTING AT PHOTO OF ALLEN]
This is George Allen. He wants us to believe that he’s going to cut the deficit. Let’s take look at the record.
TEACHER points to table written in chalk.
In 2001, he voted to increase the deficit by 420 billion dollars costing every taxpayer $1600. In 2002, he increased the deficit 550 billion dollars costing each taxpayer $2100.
Year Debt Increase Your Share
2001 $420,772,553,397.10 $1,638.52
2002 $554,995,097,146.46 $2,161.20
2003 $595,821,633,586.70 $2,320.18
2004 $553,656,965,393.18 $2,155.99
2005 $574,264,237,491.73 $2,236.23
2006 $500,679,473,047.25 $1,949.69
TOTAL $3,200,189,960,062.42 $12,461.80
TEACHER (clacking down each row)
And so on…for a grand total of $3.2 trillion dollars putting every Virginia tax payer twelve thousand dollars in debt.
TEACHER leans back against a desk, puts his hands in his jacket pocket.
Now, we know George Allen hasn’t learned his lesson. Have we learned ours?