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Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead

A Message from Michael

Love him or hate him, he makes sense…

Friday, December 12th, 2008

They could have given the loan on the condition that the automakers start building
only cars and mass transit that reduce our dependency on oil.

They could have given the loan on the condition that the automakers build cars that
reduce global warming.

They could have given the loan on the condition that the automakers withdraw their
many lawsuits against state governments in their attempts to not comply with our
environmental laws.

They could have given the loan on the condition that the management team which drove
these once-great manufacturers into the ground resign and be replaced with a team who
understands the transportation needs of the 21st century.

Yes, they could have given the loan for any of these reasons because, in the end, to
lose our manufacturing infrastructure and throw 3 million people out of work would be
a catastrophe.

But instead, the Senate said, we’ll give you the loan only if the factory workers
take a $20 an hour cut in wages, pension and health care. That’s right. After giving
BILLIONS to Wall Street hucksters and criminal investment bankers — billions with no
strings attached and, as we have since learned, no oversight whatsoever — the Senate
decided it is more important to break a union, more important to throw middle class
wage earners into the ranks of the working poor than to prevent the total collapse of
industrial America.

We have a little more than a month to go of this madness. As I sit here in Michigan
today, tens of thousands of hard working, honest, decent Americans do not believe
they can make it to January 20th. The malaise here is astounding. Why must they suffer
because of the mistakes of every CEO from Roger Smith to Rick Wagoner? Make management
and the boards of directors and the shareholders pay for this.

Of course that is heresy to the 31 Republicans who decided to blame the poor,
miserable autoworkers for this mess. And our wonderful media complied with their
spin on the morning news shows: “UAW Refuses to Give Concessions Killing Auto Bailout
Bill.” In fact the UAW has given concession after concession, reduced their benefits,
agreed to get rid of the Jobs Bank and agreed to make it harder for their retirees to
live from week to week. Yes! That’s what we need to do! It’s the Jobs Bank and the old
people who have led the nation to economic ruin!

But even doing all that wasn’t enough to satisfy the bastard Republicans. These Senate
vampires wanted blood. Blue collar blood. You see, they weren’t opposed to the bailout
because they believed in the free market or capitalism. No, they were opposed to the
bailout because they’re opposed to workers making a decent wage. In their rage, they
were driven to destroy the backbone of this country, not because the UAW hadn’t given
back enough, but because the UAW hadn’t given up.

It appears that the sitting President has been looking for a way to end his reign by
one magnanimous act, just like a warlord on his feast day. He will put his finger in
the dyke, and the fragile mess of an auto industry will eke through the next few
months. That will give the Senate enough time to demand that the bankers and
investment sharks who’ve already swiped nearly half of the $700 billion gift a
chance to make the offer of cutting their pay.

Fat chance.

Michael Moore

Gear Up for Twilight!

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No Responses to “Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead”

  1. Greener Pastures Says:

    Love him.

    Let’s not forget those CEO salaries. Much more important than the quality of life for the middle class.


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  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Lisa … Here! Here! Along with their golden parachutes.

  3. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Another great post. I couldn’t agree with you more.
    When you get a moment come by and pick up your latest award. Can’t help it…you are one of my most favorites!

    Barbaras last blog post..Relax With Barbara On Wednesday 19

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … thank you again!

  5. wilson Says:

    Why should we hate Michael, as he had did the right thing here, Linda 🙂

    wilsons last blog post..A Fast Recap Of WillYouMind For 2008!

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … Some folks do not like him. But he makes good sense about the auto industry.

  7. Heath Says:

    If the Democrats wanted to stop this they could. There are more of them in congress than Republicans.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Heath … In the House, it passed but the Republican Senators who made sure the number was not there!

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