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12-04-2012, 11:50 PM #1
Tax the Rich - from the California Federation of Teachers
This is the indoctrination that is going on in the schools? Homeschool!!!
Tax the Rich: An animated fairy tale
Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8 minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land. For more info, www.cft.org.
Notice the race dynamics of the video. JMO
12-05-2012, 11:05 AM #2AprilGuest
12-06-2012, 01:56 PM #3
Disgusting Marxist with WAYY too much money and time.. JMO
Ed Asner defends crude union video, asks to "piss on" Fox News producer
By Greg Wilson
Published December 05, 2012
Even Lou Grant never treated newsroom employees this badly.
Ed Asner, the 83-year-old, seven-time Emmy Award winner who recently narrated an animated California teachers union video that depicts a rich man urinating on common folks, bristled when a Fox News Channel producer questioned him about it.- Actor Ed Asner to a Fox News Channel producer
“Can I piss on you?"”
"I don't remember a thing I said on it or a word I said on it, but I agreed to do it for California teachers," said Asner, who is in New York appearing in the Broadway show "Grace."
When the scene was described for the veteran actor best known for his role as the crusty TV newsroom boss on the 1970's show "Mary Tyler Moore," Asner quipped: "How disgusting. It should be reversed."
Then, he bizarrely asked the questioner, from the channel's "Hannity" show, if he had any money and dropped his vulgar request.
"Can I piss on you?" Asner asked.
The eight-minute video, titled “Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale,”was written and directed by California Federation of Teachers’ communications director Fred Glass and criticizes America's wealthy for not paying their fair share of taxes to fund services for the rest of the country. It drew harsh reviews from several critics of public sector unions in California, where the state has been pushed into massive debt, in part by commitments to government worker unions.
Kyle Olson, founder of the Michigan-based Education Action Group, said it left him disgusted.
“That was the most galling thing about it, the image of the rich guy standing at the top of the scale urinating down on the poor,” Olson said. “It’s nothing more than leftist propaganda.”
Olson said the video was also factually inaccurate, noting that claims the rich made the government print money for them when the housing market crashed ignored the fact that billions in stimulus spending went to help bail out homeowners and – ironically -- state education programs.
But the video could make its way into the classroom, Olson warned, noting the simplistic presentation seems aimed at kids.
“Who is the audience for this?” he said. “You could easily see teachers or social justice activists introducing it into the classroom. Nothing more than leftist propaganda.”
At the end of the video, viewers are urged to email their elected representatives to tell them to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to fund public services.
Ed Ring, of UnionWatch.org, said the teachers union’s hypocrisy in attacking Wall Street and the so-called “1 percent” is evident in the fact that [the teachers union] and other public-sector unions invest in Wall Street.
“These infantile bits of propaganda, such as their cartoon showing a rich person urinating on common folks, obscures the reality, which is that public-sector unions and Wall Street sharks are allied against the private-sector middle class,” Ring said.
Union spokesman Stephen Hopcraft said the complaints about the image amounted to "mock outrage," but said it may be edited out to prevent it from overwhelming the underlying message of the video.
"We're very proud of the video," Hopcraft said. "But maybe we'll adjust that frame so it doesn't take over the video. We don't want any distractions about the message, and we don't want any debate about a particular frame to drown out the real issue."
Still, said Hopcraft, "If you're threatened by this video, you'd better take "The Simpsons" off the air, because this is pretty mild.
John Coupal, of California's powerful Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, said he panned the video after just three minutes.
"It's unbridled Marxism," Coupal said. "I'm stunned that a union would actually put that out there."
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