“I Want Your Money,” The Capitalist Answer to Michael Moore

Last year around this time Michael Moore’s Capitalism, A Love Story, was released.  Generally speaking it was amusing at times, albeit highly biased. But ultimately it lost me as Moore persisted in using extreme examples of capitalism at its worst, usually coupled with some form of highly unethical or illegal activity, to convey the message that capitalism is fundamentally opposed democracy, and some form of soft socialism is an inherent part of true democracy. By no means was it his best work as a filmmaker, nor as a social commentator.

This week Ray Griggs’ conservative response hit theaters. The name of the film is I Want Your Money! The message is that Barack Obama holds certain ideals that are fundamentally opposed to true democracy because they might be slightly socialistic. These ideals are depicted as unrealistic, out of touch, and impractical, requiring the sacrifice of individual liberty and personal responsibility, and resulting in mountains of debt for our nation.

The film may oppose Moore’s politics, yet nonetheless emulates Moore’s style, involving frequent onscreen appearances by Griggs, who also narrates, and has a similar sense of humor and  approach to editing. In addition, I Want Your Money! also contains a series of short cartoons in which Ronald Reagan educates Obama in the error of his ways with the help a ditzy Palin, an idiot George W. Bush, and a Bill Clinton with the libido of high-schooler, among other political charactitures.

However, it’s not at a lot of theaters, and the only reason I am able to report on it was because while I was on a recent vacation to Washington DC a friend of mine was able to get us tickets to a special screening.  But, judging from what I saw, I doubt it will end up getting the expanded release its auteur, to use the term loosely, so desperately wants.

Why? Is this because of Hollywood’s liberal bias that Griggs warned us about? Maybe a little, but the fact that it was pretty dull for long stretches probably doesn’t help, nor does it’s lower than standard production quality.

It would take a considerable amount of time for me to research and analyze every economic claim of the film, but I can confidently say that as a ninety minute movie it simply doesn’t work…which I guess is something else it has in common with the Michael Moore film it is responding too.


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