Kerry for President, Inc.
George it looks like you’re having a little trouble with your math….
Little George: What do you mean?
Teacher: Well, your budget numbers don’t add up.
Little George: Well they’re close enough.
Teacher: George, you’ve overspent by $6 trillion.
Little George: Oh, is that a lot?
Teacher: (Sighing) Well yes it is…OK, here, you forgot to pay for the cost of making your tax cut permanent. …
That adds $2.2 trillion alone.
Little George: Well I really want it.
Teacher: And now here, you spent another $616 billion for your prescription drug plan.
Little George: I know, but the drug companies need the money.
Teacher: And see this little plan to privatize social security?
Little George: Yeah?
Teacher: Well that costs $1.4 trillion.
Little George: I know, and I don’t even like the program.
Teacher: Well, George if you’re going to spend all this money, you have to figure out a way to pay for it.
Little George: Well you just watch. When I’m president, I’m gonna spend as much money as I want.
Narrator: And that’s exactly what George Bush did….
|On the screen: Done in the style of writing on a chalk board.|
|Notes and Observations: This Internet ad was tied to a report the campaign released the same day "Report on More than $6 Trillion of Unpaid Bush Initiatives: Bush Has Presided Over a Reckless Spending Explosion." Bush-Cheney '04 responded with a five-page Memorandum in which policy director Tim Adams concluded that "Senator Kerry's attack includes intiatives that he claims to support and sometimes voted to increase. Much of Kerry's $1.7 trillion in new spending would go on top of the costs listed above."|