The Story Of Broke (Video)

The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let’s build it better.

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16 Comments on "The Story Of Broke (Video)"

  1. If you have a paycheck to spend, you are not that broke…

  2. If you have a paycheck to spend, you are not that broke…

  3. Anonymous | Nov 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm |

    Remember, when you say that the old trick would not have fooled you for a moment,
    That every time it is the trick which seems new.

  4. JoiquimCouteau | Nov 18, 2011 at 11:34 am |

    Remember, when you say that the old trick would not have fooled you for a moment,
    That every time it is the trick which seems new.

  5. Sad Face :( | Nov 18, 2011 at 4:50 pm |

    That sounds good an all, but the people who control the money have no intention to help our future. 

  6. Sad Face :( | Nov 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm |

    That sounds good an all, but the people who control the money have no intention to help our future. 

  7. Start by cutting the size and inefficiencies in the government and you will see right away that they won’t need to take as much money from you. Then let the private sector create jobs and wealth. The people’s choices will determine what the market should be. Any companies that would not be environmentally responsible would not thrive because people will not buy their products. The government regulations protect the big corporations from being responsible, they even give them your tax dollars to cover for their bad management and business decision.

  8. Start by cutting the size and inefficiencies in the government and you will see right away that they won’t need to take as much money from you. Then let the private sector create jobs and wealth. The people’s choices will determine what the market should be. Any companies that would not be environmentally responsible would not thrive because people will not buy their products. The government regulations protect the big corporations from being responsible, they even give them your tax dollars to cover for their bad management and business decision.

    • I can’t believe people still believe that the “invisible hand of the market” will provide for everything. The reason why the US has the 37th worst health care system in the world is because it’s privatized and the health insurance companies are more concerned about making profit than helping people. That’s why we have health insurance company CEOs making over 100 million dollars each year while they allow 45,000 Americans die every year due to a lack of insurance and 47 million people without insurance.

      Yes some things are better privatized but it’s asinine to believe that the market would work without government regulation. If you want to look at how the country looked before we had the EPA, FDA, etc look at the early 1900s in which we were using child labor, selling tainted food, had workers burning to death because their bosses had locked all the exits, and union members were being beaten up and gunned down by corporate hired goons.

    • Simiantongue | Nov 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm |

      The invisible hand of the market touched me inappropriately. Get an anatomically correct doll and I’ll show you where. 

  9. LucidDreamR | Nov 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm |

    Pretty sad that the narration and content have to be dumbed down to the level of an elementary student for people to start grasping what has been going on in this country since it’s birth!! …..I’m sure it’s only sadder still how few will still not grasp it…..

  10. LucidDreamR | Nov 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm |

    Pretty sad that the narration and content have to be dumbed down to the level of an elementary student for people to start grasping what has been going on in this country since it’s birth!! …..I’m sure it’s only sadder still how few will still not grasp it…..

  11. I can’t believe people still believe that the “invisible hand of the market” will provide for everything. The reason why the US has the 37th worst health care system in the world is because it’s privatized and the health insurance companies are more concerned about making profit than helping people. That’s why we have health insurance company CEOs making over 100 million dollars each year while they allow 45,000 Americans die every year due to a lack of insurance and 47 million people without insurance.

    Yes some things are better privatized but it’s asinine to believe that the market would work without government regulation. If you want to look at how the country looked before we had the EPA, FDA, etc look at the early 1900s in which we were using child labor, selling tainted food, had workers burning to death because their bosses had locked all the exits, and union members were being beaten up and gunned down by corporate hired goons.

  12. can’t believe people actually think voting matters

  13. Rus Archer | Nov 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm |

    can’t believe people actually think voting matters

  14. Simiantongue | Nov 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm |

    The invisible hand of the market touched me inappropriately. Get an anatomically correct doll and I’ll show you where. 

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