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Moms Tell Washington: “Balance Your Budget!”

Posted: April 2, 2013 at 11:25 am   /   by

Moms Tell Washington: “Balance Your Budget!” 

Arlington, Va. – Bankrupting America, a project of Public Notice, today released a new web video featuring testimonials from local Virginia moms regarding their concerns over the national debt and the economy, as well as what lawmakers in Washington could learn from the average mother. Decisions about federal spending and debt will leave a lasting impact on future generations, and mothers provide a unique perspective as they raise tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, business owners and political leaders.

All of the women agreed that Washington could learn a thing or two from moms when it comes to setting priorities and balancing budgets. They also expressed concern over the nearly $17 trillion national debt and its impact on their children. Despite the prevailing view in Washington, many of the mothers interviewed believed the national debt is a crisis that needs to be tackled sooner, rather than later.

Ironically, earlier this week, the White House had some ‘smart financial advice’ of its own for the rest of America, announcing that April will be National Financial Capability Month.

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Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel issued the following statement on the video:

“Politicians in Washington should take a second to listen to what these moms have to say. If the average mother can take the time to juggle multiple tasks and still create a budget for her family, she rightfully expects Washington to do the same. You wouldn’t teach children to spend more money than they have or shirk their responsibilities. Washington should start listening to some common sense from these mothers and stop overspending.”

The interviews were conducted in Alexandria, Va., during the last week of March, and focused on growing concern over the national debt and government overspending among American mothers. is an educational project of Public Notice, an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to providing facts and insight on the effects public policy has on Americans’ financial well-being.

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Moms Tell Washington: "Balance Your Budget!"