Just when everyone thought Charlie Sheen jokes were all played out, a new video from the group Bankrupting America asks the big question: Who’s more responsible — Sheen or Washington?
Members might not find the parallels in the YouTube clip appealing, especially as Sheen comes across as far more winning than the U.S. government.
“Yeah, well, being a rockstar from Mars is expensive. Duh. But I still brought in more than I spent. Winning. You can’t say the same for Washington, D.C. Losing,” the surprisingly convincing Sheen impersonator says.
The narrator notes that last year, Washington brought in $2.3 trillion dollars in taxes — but unlike Sheen, “they spent it all, and then some. One and a half times to be exact.”
But “Sheen” has a comeback: “Better than two and a half!”
The joking dies down, however, when the lobbying video turns to its real purpose — encouraging spending cuts.
“The contrast between how Charlie Sheen is acting more responsibly than Washington is something we think will resonate with the American public,” Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice, the nonprofit that oversees Bankrupting America, tells HOH.
No word on how much Washington spends on tiger blood, but it sounds like “Charlie Sheen” is ready to bring the magic and the poetry in his fingertips to big-spending Members of Congress.
“Wow,” the impersonator says in the video. “I want to party with them.”
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