Billboard in Oklahoma City draws attention to national debt

The billboard off I-235 in downtown Oklahoma City is one of two placed in the state.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: August 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm •  Published: August 14, 2012

A message drawing attention to the national debt is part of downtown Oklahoma City's skyline.

A billboard seeking to encourage residents to encourage the president and Congress to reduce the country's debt has been placed off Interstate 235. Northbound motorists can see it as they drive north of Reno Avenue.

The billboard was put up by Bankrupting America, a project of a nonprofit group called Public Notice. It placed 48 billboards in 10 states.

A second billboard in Oklahoma is in Tulsa.

“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 billboard will be in place through Sept. 30.

“We want to educate and empower Americans with the facts they need about the real fiscal crisis our nation faces,” Hamel said. “The families and small business owners who drive by these billboards … have to set priorities and balance their budgets at home, and 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, and it's time to stop digging.”

Other billboards are in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.


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