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Latest 'Simpsons' PSA: Mr. Burns on the fiscal cliff

The richest man in Springfield tries to define America's looming financial crisis

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Dec 6, 2012 1:35PM

'The Simpsons' '/' FOX

Confused about the "fiscal cliff"?

 

Don't worry. The masterminds behind "The Simpsons" are using nuclear power plant tycoon, Montgomery Burns, to help you understand 2013's impending tax increases and spending cuts. OK, not really. But at least you can laugh about the issue thanks to the animated hit's most recent political satire generating buzz on the web.

 

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In the PSA spoof, a disheveled Mr. Burns is first shown at Springfield's Republican headquarters lamenting the loss of GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

 

Tissues and books such as "Nate Silver Can't Add" and a binder called "Women" litter the floor until Smithers comes and tells Mr. Burns the election is officially over.

 

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Upon hearing and accepting the news, Mr. Burns gets reinvigorated enough to give his interpretation of the "fiscal cliff."

 

"Think of the economy as a car and the rich man as the driver," Mr. Burns explains. "If you don't give the driver all the money, he'll drive you over a cliff. It's just common sense."

 

Mr. Burns then goes on to insult the Irish and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and the, umm, well-intentioned PSA falls apart. But that's all part of the fun. Check it out:

"The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

15Comments
Dec 10, 2012 11:33AM
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Is this author aware that Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her acting abilities? Wow, that dig was way harsh

Dec 7, 2012 10:23AM
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If not the simpsons, pleas find something to laugh about. To much hate and not enough love.
Dec 7, 2012 9:18AM
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Great !!!..................the one where Homer Votes for Romney was even better !!
Dec 7, 2012 9:14AM
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Bart: Hey, I know it wasn't great, but what right do you have to complain?
Comic Book Guy: As a loyal viewer, I feel they owe me.
Bart: What? They're giving you thousands of hours of entertainment for free. What could they possibly owe you? I mean, if anything, you owe them!
Comic Book Guy: ...Worst episode ever.

People were spoiled by the ridiculous greatness of seasons 2 - 9.  The show still has great moments.

Dec 7, 2012 8:43AM
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The Butcher of Benghazi is a ****...
Dec 7, 2012 8:07AM
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That was hilarious, and sadly true
Dec 7, 2012 7:42AM
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I agree with darth twitty; the Simpsons are just not funny, and haven't been for a number of years. I was a tremendous fan and never missed a show, but it did change. The show panders to the politically correct, and has lost that genuine, non partisan objectivity it had.  Now it's just a comedy show like SNL for uptight progressives. May the Simpsons rest in peace; I'll always treasure the better shows they created years ago.
Dec 7, 2012 5:28AM
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The Simpsons just ain't funny anymore. Hasn't been since around 2000 when they should've hung it up. Seriously, this show is neck &neck with Bob's Burgers in the unwatchable department. And it's a damn shame cuz I used to be a huge fan.
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