Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson dances Gangnam Style, implores young Americans to participate in debt reduction debate
Former Sen. Alan Simpson, who served as co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Government Reforms, is urging younger voters to get involved in the debate to fix the national debt.
In a video promoting “The Can Kicks Back Campaign”, the 81-year-old Simpson is seen dancing to the beat of Gangnam Style – the catchy pop tune by South Korean music sensation PSY – to grab the attention of young Americans.
Incorporating his cowboy “lasso” and “horseback” grooves, Simpson asked the millennial generation to starting using their “precious social media skills” to participate in the debt reduction debate and sign a petition to “demand a bipartisan, common sense solution” by Congress and President to fix the debt and avert the fiscal cliff. (Click here to read the petition.)
“Stop Instagramming your breakfast and Tweeting your First World problems and getting on YouTube so you can see Gangnam Style,” said Simpson (R-Wis.). “Go out and sign people up on this baby. Three people a week. Let it grow.”
He warned, “Don’t forget: Take part or get taken apart. Boy, these old coots [Washington insiders] will clean out the Treasury before you get there.”
Simpson have blamed special interest groups from both sides of the aisle – including anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and the senior advocacy group AARP – for hindering tax and spending reforms that are needed to reduce the $16 trillion national debt.
- The Can Kicks Back campaign website
- YouTube.com/TheCanKicksBack: Take the “Three-A-Week” Challenge video
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- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Alan Simpson supports eliminating tax expenditures to avert ‘fiscal cliff’
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