I just watched an eye opening documentary about the national debt on Netflix. Yes, it's a Saturday night, and yes I am bored waiting around for the next part of my training to roll around, but I don't regret taking the time to watch this film. I just wish the DVD was cheaper so more people would see it....maybe if it was subsidized by the federal government... That could be worth it just for the irony, but is probably as likely to happen as my pre-voting open-book Constitution quiz idea.
I don't want to rehash all of the amazing points it made; there's no way I could do justice to how well the creators of the film presented the material. However, I did want to share my two personal takeaways from the movie:
- I would support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the constitution or any politician whose promises and track record show he/she would make balancing the government's budget the highest priority. With that in mind, I support Mitt Romney for president in 2012 for his stance on fiscal responsibility.
- I will continue to save what I can, especially at this time in my life when my truly necessary expenditures make up only a third of what I earn.
- I will never go into debt except to buy a modest home when the time is right (i.e. when I'm not required to live on base).
That's all I've got. Great film. Watch it. Vote like you learned something. Just to drive the overall message home, here's a related SNL clip: