With the government on the brink of shutting down, it provides a unique opportunity to identify the wasteful spending of our "public servants" and what we can do to stop it. I was reminded of the movie Dave (1993), starring Kevin Kline as president in some sort of conspiratorial, national security mix-up.
The kicker in this clip is that Dave has his personal CPA look at cutting millions out of the budget to keep a homeless shelter going. Remember when talk of budgets were in the millions, not trillions? How come we have all these "experts" in government, yet they cannot even follow the simplest rule of Econ 101 and balance a budget? Any budget?!
Dave's CPA states, "I'll tell you, Dave. I've been over this stuff a bunch of times. It just doesn't add up. Who does these books? I mean, if I ran my business this way, I'd be out of business. " Isn't that the truth?
In this second scene, the blatant wasteful spending of U.S. departments (in this instance the Department of Commerce) is highlighted well and in a realistic sense. They use the American auto industry as the example. In present times, we have seen the overreach of government's tentacles and wreckless spending that has led to the new GM ("Government Motors").
This film is truly not one to be recognized as great political commentary, because it is oversimplified and downplays a lot of factors. What examples in cinema do you believe paint a realistic picture of our over-arching government and meddlesome economic policies?