'Schoolhouse Rock!' Tried to Warn Us About 'Tyrannosaurus Debt'

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | August 5, 2013 | 3:40 PM EDT

Many of us grew up watching “Schoolhouse Rock!” in the 70’s and early 80’s. Learning a little as we sang the tunes.

We hummed about a noun being a person, place or thing. Or perhaps crooned about the celestial bodies visited by Interplanet Janet.

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But you may have missed “Tyrannosaurus Debt”, it was made a little later in the mid-90’s.

The Schoolhouse Rock Monster was pretty scary back when this was made in 1996 ($5 trillion). And, instead of becoming extinct, he’s even bigger and badder today.

The song “Tyrannosaurus Debt” has aged pretty well, probably because many of its economic themes are timeless.

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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