Audiences cheered at the theaters that dared show this film!
Two versions of the American dream now stand in sharp contrast. Which do you choose: Big government or personal responsibility?As we look around us, we cannot help but see the malignancy creeping through our towns, cities and states ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å the entire nation being brought to its knees.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__The cancer is government expansion through ever-increasing taxation and spending. Citizen outcry has reached such a decibel level that the problem no longer can be kicked down the road.
In the documentary "I Want Your Money," filmmaker Ray Griggs illustrates America's current plight and offers sound direction in our journey back to the America intended by its founders.
Griggs offers us a much-needed alternative to Michael Moore and the dismal image of our nation he has been spewing around the world. Griggs' film was released in theaters in October of 2010; while it was not well received by theater owners, cheering crowds filled the theaters that dared to show it on 500 screens across the U.S., helping stir the tide of Tea Party victories in the last elections.
"I Want Your Money" is about two diametrically opposed concepts of governance. 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 oneÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs lot in life and the entrepreneurial spirit of daring to dream and to build big. The other believes that the federal government, using taxpayersÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ money, should play a major role in leveling out the nationÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs wealth to guarantee outcomes to all, regardless of effort.
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 childrenÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs children will enjoy.
President Barack Obama clearly believes in the larger government view. In his inaugural address, he said, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Now there are some who question the scale of our ambitions ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å who suggest our system cannot tolerate big plans ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ With a federal deficit of nearly 1.5 trillion dollars for 2009 and deficit projections of not less than 0.5 trillion dollars over the next 10 years, the question of whether government is too big or too small is very relevant, even vital, to the future of the nation.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ__
Join Griggs as he contrasts the two paths the United States can take, using the words and actions of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan. Griggs employs a variety of film techniques ranging from playful animations to serious interviews.
Conversations with Mike Huckabee, Stephen Moore, Michael Reagan, John Stossel, Ed Meese, Star Parker and many others help tell the story of the choice between the Obama and the Reagan views of the role of the federal government in our society.
The film examines how these big government programs have been tried in the past at great moral and financial cost to the nation. California is offered as a case in point in understanding what economic challenges might face the nation if we choose the larger government path. Finally, "I Want Your Money" is a call to action for those who care about the future of the United States.
NOTE: This 2012 Director's Cut version contains additional footage not included in the theatrical release.
- Actors: Ken Blackwell, Andrew Breitbart, Newt Gingrich, Chris Cox, Chris Edwards, Lee Edwards, others
- Directors: Ray Griggs
- Writers: Ray Griggs, Randall Norman Desoto
- Producers: Ray Griggs, Doug Stebleton, Giovanna Silvestre, Michael Kim Binder
- Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
- "Director's Cut" features additional footage