The film not only discusses green-eyeshade budgeting, but the larger philosophical debate between capitalism and socialism. In an animated segment, the Reagan character lectures "Obama" about what kind of productivity you would get in a classroom if everyone was awarded the same grade, no matter how serious the effort: a dramatically reduced work effort from the productive people, while the lazy students would forever be lazy.
It exposes a real contrast between presidents. As experts point out in the film, Reagan used clarity to teach you about the real world. Obama uses eloquence to hide what he's doing because if his real agenda became clear, as it did with ObamaCare, it would be opposed by the majority.
Griggs found a very nice film clip of the late Nobel Prize-winning capitalist economist Milton Friedman speaking to a dark-haired Phil Donahue in 1979. Donahue proclaimed that capitalism was all about greed. Why, Friedman wondered, was it that political self-interest was so much nobler than economic self-interest? A voter born in 1992 has probably never witnessed Friedman's television work, especially his "Free to Choose" documentary series (also in those paper-stuffed things called books). This kind of exposure could cause a rediscovery, just like this year's new interest in Friedrich Hayek's book "Road to Serfdom."
So how will this film get into theaters, since it's not one of those left-wing documentaries? A national effort is being organized by Motive Entertainment, the company that promoted the grassroots campaigns for "The Passion of the Christ" and the first "Chronicles of Narnia" movie. In mid-September, they'll begin organizing private screenings to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17. From there, organizers will prepare for an Oct. 15 theatrical launch in more than 500 theaters from coast to coast.
But this campaign to show box-office appeal won't be successful without the same grassroots energy that mobilized the tea party protests. The movie trailer on YouTube has more than 2 million page views. If everyone who watched the trailer would turn out for the whole movie, then theater owners would have no choice but to take notice.
Perhaps, then, Americans will laugh when news anchors (like CNN's Rick Sanchez) try to describe Obama's campaign speeches as "Reaganesque." We can't even find a Republican who has fully earned that grand adjective, and it certainly doesn't fit the socialist blather of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.