Rick Scott narrates Heritage Foundation cartoon warning of unsustainable debt

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The roadtrip motif dominates Scott's first foray into animation.

Rick Scott has been many things: a Governor, a Senator, and now a narrator of a cartoon warning about the perils of the national debt.

The conservative Heritage Foundation rolled out a video Wednesday featuring Scott’s unmistakable dulcet tones in narration. “Road Trip on a Budget” takes aim at America’s cascading debt load.

Scott has warned about unsustainable deficit spending especially as federal expenditures spiked during the pandemic, but not until now have those warnings featured as part of an animated series.

The cartoon begins with Scott’s disembodied voice urging viewers to imagine being on a road trip, but gas runs short.

“Your friends decide to ride with the windows down and the AC blasting, and to take some extra detours,” Scott says as the old-style Volkswagen van detours toward an elephant museum.

Scott relates this highway profligacy to the spendthrift ways of Democratic Washington.

“Government spending is pedal to the metal,” Scott warns, before the car breaks down.

“America’s tow truck bill is going to be a serious one,” he adds.

Scott’s Senate press office further elaborated on his animated cameo.

“America is in a debt crisis thanks to decades of wasteful Washington spending. As our national debt nears $30 trillion, we are seeing substantial increases in inflation, which means the prices of every day goods are going up for families in Florida and across the nation. Government shouldn’t work this way. We can get this spending and debt under control and make sure that our debt doesn’t continue to stack up without accountability,” Scott contended, before working toward a call to action.

“It’s all up to us, and I’m proud to partner with the Heritage Foundation for a new series: Road Trip on a Budget, to highlight how we can work together to put America back on a fiscally responsible path forward. Tune in!”

Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James extolled the “compelling” final product.

“When politicians talk about the national debt and the deficit, most Americans’ eyes glaze over. It’s just not a relatable topic to most people, and discussions often get too far into the weeds. But the fact is, excessive government spending and debt will eventually affect every single American, especially our children and grandchildren, in the form of higher taxes, a slower economy, fewer jobs, and higher prices for nearly everything. The American people deserve to know how rampant government spending is affecting their future. What Heritage and Sen. Rick Scott have done with the ‘Road Trip on a Budget’ series is package this kind of critical knowledge in a format that’s understandable, compelling, and accessible to everyone,” James enthused.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


3 comments

  • Ocean Joe

    June 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Why use a German car for this? And who’s in the Elephant Museum: Herbert Hoover, father of the Great Depression; Reagan, father of the Deficit (yes, he won the cold war by outspending the Russians), W Bush, who presided over the economic collapse at the end of his term; and Trump (under whom we lost more jobs than at any time since the Depression-but let’s be fair, covid shut our economy down and he was dragged along). Reducing the national debt requires tough decisions, let’s start by imposing a loophole free tax on the profits of large corporations.

  • Cinforoso

    June 16, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    This is a cartoon developed for Democrats- we needed something on a child level so they could understand what happens when the Govt spends too much money.

    It probably won’t work.

  • PeterH

    June 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Republicans are debt creators! Reagan tripled the national debt! Bush2 created debt and crashed the economy weeks before he turned the government over to Democrats. Trump followed Bush2’s policies with the exact same results.

    The fact is Republicans are ONLY CONCERNED about the debt when Democrats are in leadership positions. Republicans crash carefully built economies, the electorate votes in Democrats, Republicans complain the Democrats aren’t cleaning up the mess Republicans created “fast enough!”

    Personally, I will never vote for another Republican. They are horrible leaders, horrible fiscally and generally incompetent. January 6th Republican coup attempt sealed my opinion!
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