9:08 PM, Tuesday, December 6th, 2011:
So obvious... yet I don't think anyone's done it? How? I was singing this to myself in the mid-90s on WTVN during the government shutdown. But the kid thing made this a viral video I had to make.
What I don't think a lot of people get about these comments, is they show that Gingrich is 100% corporate. He's been paid millions to lobby in their interest (or advise or whatever the hell he wants to call it) and if you listen closely to all his comments? They're simply anti-union in "helping poor people" clothing. Of course even when he's trying to "help poor people" he is uneblieveably insensitive and says they should use poor kids to clean the schools. Uhm, wow. And it's cheaper too! A no-brainer! If not for those pesky child labor laws.
Folks, this is the stuff that is WAY out in right field. I mean, a loooooooooooooooong time ago we all collectively, understood that if we don't put SOME regulations on corporations? They would do whatever possible to make money. Hire 10 year olds at the cheapest possible rate? Yup. THAT is what Newt is talking about - regulations. This is what I was ranting about last month. And although he's one of the smart ones on the stage - he's 10000000% corporate. Anti-regulations (even the most obvious ones like child-labor laws), and anti-union. Now usually he would mask it a bit better (most of the other candidates have) and they talk about job creation, etc. But the truth of the matter is, a totally free market doesn't work. Especially not in areas that have to do with our health and safety. Say what you want about the FDA, but at the very least I want those standards. It's like the restaurant rating systems here in California... once you know what they let you get away with to get an "A"? You're sure as fuck aren't eating in a "B". These regulations help us... and actually, they help the restaurants put out a good product. It's a situation where government actually does provide a service. Go to a restaurant in Africa and tell me how you feel.
As far as the cartoon is concerned... I did it in 6 hours today and I'm really afraid I missed the boat on this. I'm two days late... should've had it ready for Monday morning at the latest because Newt's comments were ALL OVER the TV yesterday. Maybe I'm wrong, and just maybe this will go viral...
That was really fun to sing. Wish I had the right equipment 'cause I did that on the shittiest miccrophone next to the loudest computer ever. It's a horrible sounding track but I tried to beef it up in post. I actually think that's the reason no one has done it though. Very few people can impersonate Boris Karloff (though wikipedia tells me it was actually an uncredited Thurl Ravenscroft - poor bastard) and thankfully in the past couple of years my voice has turned rather fatherly and it was actually right in my range.
So I immediately emailed as many political TV and radio shows as I could find and the producer of Thom Hartmann already replied asking if they could play it tomorrow. Just how "Let's Bomb Iran" started out... so here's hopin' this will be crazy when I wake up in the morning.
PS - and can I just say it felt incredible to feel the rush of making something you knew would blow up the moment you uploaded? It's been so long. Had a hop in my... uhm, a hop in my sit, all day as I was frantically editing it. Love that feeling. I'm tellin' you... all I need is direction and that passion is still there.
Until the morning...