From the California Federation of Teachers Union Website: Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale, is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by award-winning artist Mike Konopacki, and written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. The 8 minute video shows how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.
The following video channels Occupy Wall Street protestors by claiming the rich got rich through tax cuts and tax loopholes and even tax evasion. When the “people” fight back the “rich” urinated on the “poor,” at least according to the video. (At about 2:50 into the video.)
CFT Communications Director Fred Glass, who wrote and directed the video, told TheBlaze the cartoon is not intended for children.
“I love animation and I believe it is an effective way of communicating ideas that is a little different,” he said, adding that there are no plans to show the video in California classrooms.
The teachers union is proud of their work. What do you think?
Watch it and ask yourself: Is it educational? Is it based on facts? Is it appropriate?