Senate to Middle Class – “Drop Dead”

Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead
From Michael Moore

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.

I’m voting Republican – Wanna know why?

Are you voting Republican?

Let’s focus on the economy, cause who cares about the Constitution.  It’s just an old piece of paper anyway.

80% of Republicans are just Uninformed Democrats

Robert F. Kennedy

I have experienced the same time and time again.  When you speak with a Republican their values are the same as Democrats, however their opinions are formed by poor information sources.  When the conversation moves to citing acceptable resources, they have none and move to get away from the conversation.  Very sad.

John McCain Mentions the “Draft” Word

Speaking in Pensacola, John McCain spoke out about the need for ROTC programs on college campuses, the need to expand the military, and the need to have more Americans to enlist in the military. He actually mentioned the “draft” word. Although doing so with a smile, the idea that he would even mention that word is of great concern. There is little doubt that if he were elected the issue of draft would not be far behind. Perhaps the number of individuals enlisting has more to do with their opposition to the occupation of Iraq. Certainly polls show the magnitude of this nation’s poor opinion of the Iraq war.

As mentioned in a previous post, McCain appears overly focused on war and more wars. His aggressive stance toward other nations, not to mention aggression toward citizens meeting with him on domestic issues is of great concern is quite evident. With his admitted ignorance of economics, his awkward incongruent speaking on Martin Luther King Jr. (his apology acknowledged, how could he ever have considered voting against a day honoring King and why does he finally feel the need to apologize during his run for the presidency when he already had many years to do so), what does he promise this nation? It has gotten to the point that viewing McCain is as looking into a future of needless war.

Clearly Bush’s endorsement and McCain pandering to Bush’s base indicates a third term of Bush. This has even driven McCain to flip flop on his opposition to the issue of torture. After years of opposing torture, McCain now votes allow it.

Locally, with Elton Gallegly fully supporting Republican agendas, it appears that with both Gallegly and McCain in office, we can look toward another term of Bush agendas. Clearly Democrats and Independents won’t stand for this and it is hoped that Republicans disgruntled with the Bush administration, of which there are many, will vote their conscience.

McCain should have the intelligence to realize that if this nation is truly attacked on our soil by another, folks would likely turn out in droves to defend it. The draft word would be the last one needed. But the occupation of another nation, without having been attacked by them and purely in the pursuit of oil, does not inspire patriotism or selfless service.

McCain is so out of touch with this nation and the world, he might as well be living on another planet.
Fed up with Republican support for Bush’s war, Republican politicians are leaving the party. Those that remain in the party will face tough campaign races.

Kucinich prevailed after Republicans pull out all the stops to end his seat in Congress

Last week 10,000 Republican voters were mobilized to “Dump Dennis” and failed. Headed by Rush Limbaugh and assisted by the Cleveland “Plain Dealer”. Kucinich still won. Makes you think about what was done to him during his presidential bid.


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Sign the Petition to Keep The Presidential Debates Open For All Candidates

The Petition will go to DNC Howard Dean and RNC Mike Duncan. Our political process, as it was intended to be, is being censored by the media and corporate interests. Sign the petition to demand that democracy must continue in this country without censorship.

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