Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) Ad

Posted: 2010/11/05 in Blog

It may be a scare tactic commercial, but I think the message holds true.

First time it came on, someone in the room said, “that’s not funny!”  I agree that it’s not funny, but I don’t think that humor was the purpose of the ad.  It is a scare tactic ad with a very powerful message.  The message is that we are spending money that we don’t have rather than hunkering down, cutting the fat, and weathering the school.  The only point that CAGW misses here is that it’s not only the government.  We the people have been the ones to drive this era of pure waste.  We the people seem to want everyone to give us everything because we believe it to be owed to us rather than because we worked hard to get it.  In our culture of every individual having their own car, phone, television, and computer, where do we think we have room to want more?  No, you can’t live like the people you see on TV, these are fictional situations and their lifestyles are partly funded by the networks that air the program.  The closest television program to “reality TV” would have honestly been ‘Rosanne’ not ‘Jersey Shore’.

If we want a future other than the one that the CAGW presents to us, then we have to start making the hard choices that president Obama spoke about when he was elected and stop throwing our money down the drain waiting for someone else to fix our problems.  Stop complaining that companies like Walmart are ruining local economies unless you are going to stop doing business with them.  Gather with people that are in the same situation as you, make an agenda, and let you local government know whoi you are and what you want.  Rather than reading political blogs like this and saying to yourself that what you read are good or bad ideas, actually type out you specific thoughts and get the ball rolling.

We are only as hopeless as the effort that we put forth.  Enacting change on a large scale is hard to do because everyone fears change.

  1. Sally G says:

    I agree completely with your post; somewhere in the 1980s, I think, we became so status-, materialism-, and consumer-oriented that it disgusts me if I think about it too much. I proudly wear a “Break teh Chains: Shop at Independent Stores” T-shirt, and do NOT shop at Wal-Mart or affiliates; mourn the excesses of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, applaud New Jersey’s P.C. Richards’ mini-chain (about 11 stores, I think) Thanksgiving ad noting that they were opposed to area stores’ Thanksgiving night openings (10 p.m. or earlier), and that their 3200+ employees would be at home with families—and thanking those who provide essential services on holidays, and the men and women fighting far from home. I am pleased that residents of my hometown turned out in number to E-mail, call, and attend the town council meeting that was expected to approve 5 a.m. retail openings on Black Friday—the town ordinance specifies 7 a.m. for such special events, and when local politicians seemed to be wavering, the residents spoke up for sanity and keeping the 2-hour delay. Yet often the fight seems ever harder. . .

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