Frontline: Ten Trillion and Counting

Overview

As America's national debt surpasses the trillion dollar mark, the producers at Frontline ponder the financial well being of current and future retirees while reflecting on how we got into this mess, and what the Obama administration plans to do about it. Year after year, America closes the gaps in its national budget by selling T-bills and bonds that are guaranteed by the "full faith and credit of the U.S." But the foreigners who frequently purchase these obligations are beginning to grow wary of this system. ...
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Overview

As America's national debt surpasses the trillion dollar mark, the producers at Frontline ponder the financial well being of current and future retirees while reflecting on how we got into this mess, and what the Obama administration plans to do about it. Year after year, America closes the gaps in its national budget by selling T-bills and bonds that are guaranteed by the "full faith and credit of the U.S." But the foreigners who frequently purchase these obligations are beginning to grow wary of this system. Now, like the Bush administration before it, the Obama administration has started borrowing big with plans to slash the yearly budget sometime down the road. Anyone can see that this can't go on forever, but the one thing no one can predict is when - or how - it will all end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • UPC: 841887010566
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 64,279

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Tim Mangini Director
Ben Decter Score Composer
David Fanning Executive Producer
Ken Levis Editor
Peter R. Livingston Jr. Editor
Mark Obenhaus Producer, Screenwriter
David Schisgall Producer
Mark Stoddard Cinematographer
Gabrielle Tenenbaum Producer
Tom Yellin Executive Producer, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Frontline: Ten Trillion and Counting
1. Introduction [1:47]
2. What Obama Inherited [7:25]
3. Bush's Economic Agenda [16:00]
4. Politics and the Mounting Debt [7:06]
5. Partisan Politics In a Time of Crisis [7:15]
6. "The Greatest Threat Is Health Care" [8:29]
7. Obama's Budget [4:37]
8. Credits [2:35]
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