Will The Walking Dead Shamble Us Over The Fiscal Cliff?

by Russ Burlingame

Zombies in Riot GearRemember back when the Department of Homeland Security did those zombie apocalypse-themed emergency demonstrations, trading on the popularity of AMC's The Walking Dead to connect with audiences and communicate a point about emergency preparedness?

Well, those demonstrations are among the issues that Oklahoma's Republican Senator Tom Coburn blames for the spiraling national debt and the looming economic standoff between his party and U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Senator expressed an opinion that "waste, incompetence and stupidity" are pervasive in the federal government, singling out the zombie apocalypse program in particular.

The program that hosted the zombie apocalypse demonstration was one of a number of programs around the country funded with Department of Homeland Security grants, of which Coburn wrote in a report, “That is $7 billion that your kids and my kids are going to pay back is something that we got no increased security for,” Coburn said.  ”I don’t care if you use zombie apocalypse, what is the metric that said this was an effective use of the money.”

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.