Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) commercial: Chinese Professor

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) commercial: Chinese Professor

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), non-profit organization in the United States, on October 21, 2010 launched new controversial commercial which shows Chinese Professor in 2030 which talking about reason why do the great nations fail.

According CAGW website, “CAGW is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CAGW’s mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.”

This commercial (you can watch below) addressing US’s spending addiction, the dangers of relentless deficits, and the corrosive nature of our national debt. The ad features a chilling look at one potential future scenario if America continues on its current destructive fiscal trajectory, is a 2010 homage to “The Deficit Trials,” a 1986 ad that was produced by W.R. Grace & Co.

CAGW: Chinese Professor

The Deficit Trials

The new ad is part of an ongoing communications program in CAGW’s decades-long fight against wasteful government spending, increased taxes, out-of-control deficit spending, and a crippling national debt that threatens the future and survival of our country. CAGW plans to run the ad on major cable networks throughout the rest of 2010 and into 2011.

There are 20 comments for this article
  1. Steven Frisch at 8:17 PM

    Boy, I could not agree with the comments made at 5:02 on October 27th about the “Chinese Professor” commercial more. This add is an Orwellian propaganda piece designed to play off of western fears of the east. It has not so subtly embedded racial messages, and implies an inherent right of western cultures to remain ‘dominant” in a competitive world.

    As an American patriot, and believer in the founding principles of our government, which are referenced in this commercial, I resent this message–and reject it as inherently un-American.

    As an Americans we can vigorously debate what we need to do to be more competitive in the globalizing world. That is exactly the debate we should be having. This sort of fear mongering has no place in that debate.

  2. Jim at 5:21 PM

    Fear mongering just shows the weakness of Citizens Against Government Waste’s argument. If the US was in the shape the commercial paints, then the debt the Chinese own would be worth squat and they surely wouldn’t be laughing about it.

  3. David at 3:47 PM

    What a great commercial! You fricking idiots, who think this is a racist commercial are missing the whole point. The truth hurts, we are selling our souls. The Chinese are not the problem. In fact, I somewhat feel bad for them because they are being suckered into buying debt that will never be paid back. Wake up America our government (both parties sold you out)! The USA is being intentionally collapsed by the corrupt politicians, George Sorros, the international bankers, and an out of control Wall Street. They will take theirs and you my friends will be left holding the debt bag.
    For years, corrupt politicians sent money, in the form of aide to countries, and secretly skimmed from the funds and placed the money into private Swiss bank accounts. They are accessing these funds to buy your lands and homes on the cheap. We are so f&cked. You are slaves to your own government. Government officials do not work for you. You work for them! Just how it was planned by The progressives 100 years ago. Read “Rules for radicals” and you will better understand what is happening.

  4. DZ at 3:54 AM

    Wow, what are we coming to when it acceptible to run an ad like that? I’m terrified not by the ad but by the fact that there are people that actually finance a racist, fear mongering ad like that. Very, very scary but Citizens against government spending is the group that is scaring me!!!

  5. David Jett at 1:35 PM

    This thing scares me because people in America haven’t had any training in critical thinking and will believe just what the commercial wants them too.

    First of all, it skips how we got into the recession in the first place. Republican borrow and spend.
    Then ignores how we got into such debt with china. Republican borrow and spend again. Also, tax cuts for the richest 2% who complain about paying half of the taxes when they have 90% of the money.
    Then it complains about government takeover of private business, which is complete bullhocky since privatization/theft of the commons is rampant.
    More to the point, it’s about healthcare. Yes, that is the one area where the government really should take over for private industry and everyone knows it and the health insurance industry is spending MY healthcare dollars for commercials like this to make sure that If I could retire, the health insurance industry would take over half of my retirement.

    Things that we all need, like police, fire and healthcare should be something we can all pool our money to provide and leave out stockholders, lobbyists, billionaire CEO’s and commercials like this one. The cost enough without having to support the rich too.

  6. Kenny at 4:44 PM

    David… Your comment is the only one that made sense here. I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I feel exactly the same way as you.

  7. Sha at 6:34 PM

    Even though I have been offended by many commercials I have never been provoked to comment. This is America where everyone should be allowed their own opions but using this kind of fear-mongering tactic is enough to make you wonder what some have come to. To portray ones opinion as truth and making sweeping generalizations about the motives of the Japanese is offensive to clear thinking Americans. I hope never to even see this on the airwaves again!
    Xenophobia at its worst!

  8. jlvlo at 3:20 AM

    I agree with DZ-the ad is obviously racist and very frightening(frightening in that groups like this exist). I believe right-wing tea-baggers and religious fundementalists pose a far greater threat to the survival of the country and the world than anything we see in the media. If we are unable to get money out of politics(through public funding of all elections) and to de-personify corporations, a very bleak future is easy to envision.

  9. Michele at 3:55 AM

    This commercial did exactly what it was intended to do….Make people think and discuss things….Brilliant marketing if you ask me.

  10. Tammy at 4:26 PM

    We better get a hold on things before it goes any further and put a stop to this NOW!! Start by getting all the thugs out of the White House. They are the biggest cause of this.

  11. Tonya at 9:16 PM

    WoW!!!!! This commercial scared the @$#@$# out of me….not about us working for them either like the other person said…but that we would even let something that racist be on TV!!! We teach our children not to be & to love everyone…all colors, all races…we are all created in God’s image…& it takes ‘OUR GOVERNMENT” ABOUT 2 1/2 minutes of airing that horrible commercial to confuse the crap out of them!!! !! Way to go….& to my Chinese brothers & sisters…forgive us!!! Not all Americans are that ignorant!! & sending many prayers to our Japanese family also!!! & def. always continued prayers to our fellow Americans…that have let greed..power..$$$$$$$$$$$$$$…or lack of it…to put GOD first in their lives…quit taking it out of the schools, out of our Government, & out of your lives…because without HIM none of us would be here!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA & THE REST OF THE WORLD….

  12. Jon James at 4:27 AM

    That was a very lame ad. It’s set in the future but it seems like it was written by some yahoo back in the 70’s. It’s crap like this that makes Americans look ignorant. I can’t agree more with getting our government to stop wasting its financial resources but when an ad like that comes out I’m pretty embarrassed since it stereotypes a very large ethnicity but mainly because it’s corny. Fear mongering in advertising is effective but when I see it used in a way such as this ad, it encourages me to disregard whatever the message is. Never subscribe to an ad that uses fear mongering and negative racial stereotypes.

  13. Ron at 12:51 AM

    It’s amazing. Way too many people have ‘bought’ into the racist program. This is not about race at all. There also may comments above the seem to be using ‘race’ as a screen to not reveal directly that them my support this kind of silly overspending. This commercial IS about a government (OURS),not wall street, that has refused to recognize it must not spend money it does not have. The fact that the ‘government’ (both parties) have sold our debt to Asia is not the point. The point is that the government sold our the future by securing debt there is a good chance they will not be able to pay off. But, what can one expect – it was the gov. the created (in fact virtually forced banks) to make loans to people who could not pay them back.

  14. KR in WIS at 8:52 PM

    Bet many of the people who paid for this commercial are with corporations that are sending our jobs and military technology over to the Chinese. Shameful hypocrisy.

    Sad that so many of you are being duped by this ruse. Essentially this crowd wants government to do a ton of things for them in the form of business subsidies and then stick us with the bill while cutting necessary services.

    Non-partisan my ass.

  15. Troof at 6:36 AM

    Interesting premise but I’m giving them only 1/2 credit for originality. It reminded me of a bad Twilight Zone episode and also “The Dead Zone”. Quick, someone find Christopher Walken and throw him in the Director’s Cut edition! I can’t wait for the sequel… a future controlled by the French perhaps? Definitely sinophobic and I doubt much good will come from this. CAGW? – I find it highly ironic that a organization so dedicated towards preventing “waste” would spend the big bucks spreading this turd around.

  16. Richard Moasky at 6:38 PM

    I thought the commercial was well done. It’s not about who we might work for. It’s about the sorry state of affairs we have come to on the finances of this country. No one party is responsible as we did not get here overnight. The wasteful spending, poor financial management, size of the government work force to name just a few have destroyed our country. If you thought about the United States as a business and checked out the balance sheet you would run for your life before you invested a dime. Since 1989 corporations have moved off shore and moved jobs out as well. How many jobs have been lost that paid taxes and helped fuel the economy. If this were a corporation bankruptcy would be looming in the shadows.
    So the commercial is not about the West vs. the East it’s about a change in direction before we totally ruin our country and our future.

  17. stevie at 9:58 PM

    About time we called a spade a pitchfork. After all the evidence of WMDs the destruction of every man woman and child in eyeraq it’s obvious the world is a better place.Now on to the next real enemy.This ad cannot be anything but the truth,after all why would the very people in the ad be there if it weren’t so?

  18. Ed at 9:42 AM

    From Wikipedia:

    The conservative Capital Research Center (CRC) notes in its Searchlight database (which records corporate and general foundation contributions) that CAGW has “received funding from:

    * Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
    * Merrill Lynch & Company Foundation
    * Exxon Corporation (now ExxonMobil)
    * Ingersoll-Rand Company
    * Johnson & Johnson
    * F.M. Kirby Foundation
    * Philip Morris
    * RJR Nabisco (now part of the Altria Group)
    * Sears Roebuck & Company[9]

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