The days are dwindling down to a precious few: the Power Line Prize competition ends on July 15. So if you are a creative sort who knows how to make a video, write a song, paint a painting, design a video game–you name it–it is time to get to work. The grand prize is $100,000, and even if you don’t win, the runner-up gets $15,000 and two third-place finishers will receive $5,000 each. Go to http://powerlineprize.com for contest rules and all the details:
The grand prize will go to whoever can best use any artistic medium to dramatize the importance of the federal debt crisis. One can divide the voting population into three groups that seem to be of roughly equal size: one group consisting of those who understand the severity of the crisis and want to do something about it; another group that may or may not understand, but are locked into opposition to change because of their dependence on federal largesse; and a third group, consisting in large part of young people, who for whatever reason haven’t really focused on the debt crisis, or don’t understand it.
The purpose of the Power Line Prize is to get through to that third group–to use the tools of emotional persuasion to explain that our children won’t have a future unless we break free of our ridiculous levels of federal spending and our crippling dependence on debt. All entries become our property, and we will disseminate those that we think are effective–not just the prize winners–for maximum impact. We hope to get some time on live national television to award the prize and unveil the winning entries, but, whether that pans out or not, the results of the contest will receive wide publicity.
We have been assembling a top-notch panel of judges to decide who wins the prizes: Hugh Hewitt, Glenn Reynolds, Roger L. Simon, Andrew Breitbart, John Ondrasik and Mary Katharine Ham. We will add another judge or two–young people, since they are, more than anyone, our intended audience–over the next week.
So, if you have the relevant talents, you should enter; if not, you should pass the information on to friends, relatives and colleagues who do. The clock is ticking.
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