Budget experts encourage young people to "shake things up" in debt debate
Budget experts Alice Rivlin and David Walker are featured dancing the “Harlem Shake” in a new web video released today by The Can Kicks Back (TCKB) campaign.
“There’s no dancing around the fact that more needs to be done, quickly, to put our future debt on a downward track,” said Rivlin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and White House Office of Management and Budget.
“What’s going on in Washington is truly outrageous; it’s time to shake things up,” said Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States.
TCKB’s dented mascot, AmeriCAN, is also featured in the dance.
The video plays off a meme that went viral in the last week. According to YouTube, more than 12,000 “Harlem Shake” videos have been viewed 44 million times to date.
“We intend to make the important issue of our national debt ‘go viral’ among young Americans by reaching them where they already are online in a context that will call them to action rather than put them to sleep,” said Nick Troiano, TCKB’s field director.
A previous popular video from the non-partisan, Millennial-led organization featured former Senator and fiscal commission co-chair Alan Simpson dancing Gangnam Style.
The Can Kicks Back campaign was launched in November 2012 to educate, organize and mobilize the Millennial generation on the issue of our $16.4 trillion and growing national debt. The campaign will soon announce the launch of more than 100 local chapters in high schools, college campuses and young professional communities across the country.
The Can Kicks Back (TCKB) is a Millennial-driven campaign to fix the national debt and reclaim our American Dream. TCKB is the Millennial outreach partner of Fix the Debt. More info: www.TheCanKicksBack.org.