The California Federation of Teachers has pulled a controversial class warfare “educational” video for children from YouTube and its own website after encountering stiff criticism from Fox News and the conservative blogosphere. (The video can still be viewed here or at bottom of article.)
The wildly inaccurate video — narrated by the openly socialistic Hollywood actor Ed Asner — purported to show children in an animated fairy tale how the current recession happened, blaming it on the top one percent for their piles of money falling on the poor people's houses. (There's a great rebuttal by Lee Doren over at the Daily Caller here.) Ed Asner is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The video also shows the rich urinating on poor people, a scene that drew the most ire from critics of the video.
The video's explanation of the economic crash is as comical as it is false:
Meanwhile, the rich people's money piled higher and higher. But after a while, it was piled too high. One day the money fell down with a big crash, down right on the houses of millions of ordinary people. It broke their houses.
The video then claims that the “one percent” caused the economic crisis and have recently paid virtually no taxes, even though the Heritage Foundation has proven that “the top 10 percent of income earners paid 71 percent of all federal income taxes in 2009 though they earned 43 percent of all income.” The California Federation of Teachers video nevertheless claims:
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