Bankrupting America Posts 48 Billboards in 10 States
Arlington, Va. –Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, today announced the posting of 48 billboards in 10 different states across the country highlighting the harmful impact of America’s skyrocketing national debt and urging policymakers in Washington to take meaningful action to cut spending. This is part of Bankrupting America’s “Stop Digging” campaign sending the message to Congress and the president to focus on reducing the debt in the run-up to the November elections.
“Our goal is to shed light on the reckless and wasteful spending going on in Washington and the dangerous consequences if we continue at the rate we’ve seen in the last few years,” said Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice. “Since 2009, the debt has increased by 50 percent, skyrocketing to nearly $16 trillion – currently larger than the entire U.S. economy. We can’t afford to let Washington continue to ignore its spending problem and bankrupt our future.”
The billboards are located in major media markets in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. Three different designs, titled “Not-So-Sweet 16,” “$16 Trillion in the Hole,” and “The Debt Falls on Their Shoulders” – each conveying the severity of our fiscal crisis – will run from Aug. 6 through Sept. 30.
“We want to educate and empower Americans with the facts they need about the real fiscal crisis our nation faces,” said Hamel. “The families and small business owners who drive by these billboards on their way to work have to set priorities and balance their budgets at home, it’s time for Washington to do the same. Both parties helped get us into this mess and we need to hold them accountable.”
“Americans know that debt comes from spending too much. Our message to Washington is simple: our nation is in a $16 trillion hole, it’s time to stop digging,” Hamel concluded.
The billboards come at the conclusion of a $1.2 million two-week national television and online debt reduction ad-buy called “Washington is Still Digging” by Public Notice’s sister organization, Public Notice Research and Education Fund (PNREF). The three different designs can be viewed here.