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Michael Moore Feels Joy At Death Of GM

From his odious website:

Goodbye, GM …by Michael Moore

June 1, 2009

I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

As I sit here in GM’s birthplace, Flint, Michigan, I am surrounded by friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town. Forty percent of the homes and businesses in the city have been abandoned. Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?

It is with sad irony that the company which invented "planned obsolescence" — the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one — has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be, and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh — and that wouldn’t start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations. Its executives arrogantly ignored the "inferior" Japanese and German cars, cars which would become the gold standard for automobile buyers. And it was hell-bent on punishing its unionized workforce, lopping off thousands of workers for no good reason other than to "improve" the short-term bottom line of the corporation. Beginning in the 1980s, when GM was posting record profits, it moved countless jobs to Mexico and elsewhere, thus destroying the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans. The glaring stupidity of this policy was that, when they eliminated the income of so many middle class families, who did they think was going to be able to afford to buy their cars? History will record this blunder in the same way it now writes about the French building the Maginot Line or how the Romans cluelessly poisoned their own water system with lethal lead in its pipes.

So here we are at the deathbed of General Motors. The company’s body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with — dare I say it — joy. It is not the joy of revenge against a corporation that ruined my hometown and brought misery, divorce, alcoholism, homelessness, physical and mental debilitation, and drug addiction to the people I grew up with. Nor do I, obviously, claim any joy in knowing that 21,000 more GM workers will be told that they, too, are without a job.

But you and I and the rest of America now own a car company! I know, I know — who on earth wants to run a car company? Who among us wants $50 billion of our tax dollars thrown down the rat hole of still trying to save GM? Let’s be clear about this: The only way to save GM is to kill GM. Saving our precious industrial infrastructure, though, is another matter and must be a top priority. If we allow the shutting down and tearing down of our auto plants, we will sorely wish we still had them when we realize that those factories could have built the alternative energy systems we now desperately need. And when we realize that the best way to transport ourselves is on light rail and bullet trains and cleaner buses, how will we do this if we’ve allowed our industrial capacity and its skilled workforce to disappear?

Thus, as GM is "reorganized" by the federal government and the bankruptcy court, here is the plan I am asking President Obama to implement for the good of the workers, the GM communities, and the nation as a whole. Twenty years ago when I made "Roger & Me," I tried to warn people about what was ahead for General Motors. Had the power structure and the punditocracy listened, maybe much of this could have been avoided. Based on my track record, I request an honest and sincere consideration of the following suggestions:

1. Just as President Roosevelt did after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the President must tell the nation that we are at war and we must immediately convert our auto factories to factories that build mass transit vehicles and alternative energy devices. Within months in Flint in 1942, GM halted all car production and immediately used the assembly lines to build planes, tanks and machine guns. The conversion took no time at all. Everyone pitched in. The fascists were defeated.

We are now in a different kind of war — a war that we have conducted against the ecosystem and has been conducted by our very own corporate leaders. This current war has two fronts. One is headquartered in Detroit. The products built in the factories of GM, Ford and Chrysler are some of the greatest weapons of mass destruction responsible for global warming and the melting of our polar icecaps. The things we call "cars" may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet.

The other front in this war is being waged by the oil companies against you and me. They are committed to fleecing us whenever they can, and they have been reckless stewards of the finite amount of oil that is located under the surface of the earth. They know they are sucking it bone dry. And like the lumber tycoons of the early 20th century who didn’t give a damn about future generations as they tore down every forest they could get their hands on, these oil barons are not telling the public what they know to be true — that there are only a few more decades of useable oil on this planet. And as the end days of oil approach us, get ready for some very desperate people willing to kill and be killed just to get their hands on a gallon can of gasoline.

President Obama, now that he has taken control of GM, needs to convert the factories to new and needed uses immediately.

2. Don’t put another $30 billion into the coffers of GM to build cars. Instead, use that money to keep the current workforce — and most of those who have been laid off — employed so that they can build the new modes of 21st century transportation. Let them start the conversion work now.

3. Announce that we will have bullet trains criss-crossing this country in the next five years. Japan is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its first bullet train this year. Now they have dozens of them. Average speed: 165 mph. Average time a train is late: under 30 seconds. They have had these high speed trains for nearly five decades — and we don’t even have one! The fact that the technology already exists for us to go from New York to L.A. in 17 hours by train, and that we haven’t used it, is criminal. Let’s hire the unemployed to build the new high speed lines all over the country. Chicago to Detroit in less than two hours. Miami to DC in under 7 hours. Denver to Dallas in five and a half. This can be done and done now.

4. Initiate a program to put light rail mass transit lines in all our large and medium-sized cities. Build those trains in the GM factories. And hire local people everywhere to install and run this system.

5. For people in rural areas not served by the train lines, have the GM plants produce energy efficient clean buses.

6. For the time being, have some factories build hybrid or all-electric cars (and batteries). It will take a few years for people to get used to the new ways to transport ourselves, so if we’re going to have automobiles, let’s have kinder, gentler ones. We can be building these next month (do not believe anyone who tells you it will take years to retool the factories — that simply isn’t true).

7. Transform some of the empty GM factories to facilities that build windmills, solar panels and other means of alternate forms of energy. We need tens of millions of solar panels right now. And there is an eager and skilled workforce who can build them.

8. Provide tax incentives for those who travel by hybrid car or bus or train. Also, credits for those who convert their home to alternative energy.

9. To help pay for this, impose a two-dollar tax on every gallon of gasoline. This will get people to switch to more energy saving cars or to use the new rail lines and rail cars the former autoworkers have built for them.

Well, that’s a start. Please, please, please don’t save GM so that a smaller version of it will simply do nothing more than build Chevys or Cadillacs. This is not a long-term solution. Don’t throw bad money into a company whose tailpipe is malfunctioning, causing a strange odor to fill the car.

100 years ago this year, the founders of General Motors convinced the world to give up their horses and saddles and buggy whips to try a new form of transportation. Now it is time for us to say goodbye to the internal combustion engine. It seemed to serve us well for so long. We enjoyed the car hops at the A&W. We made out in the front — and the back — seat. We watched movies on large outdoor screens, went to the races at NASCAR tracks across the country, and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time through the window down Hwy. 1. And now it’s over. It’s a new day and a new century. The President — and the UAW — must seize this moment and create a big batch of lemonade from this very sour and sad lemon.

Yesterday, the last surviving person from the Titanic disaster passed away. She escaped certain death that night and went on to live another 97 years.

So can we survive our own Titanic in all the Flint Michigans of this country. 60% of GM is ours. I think we can do a better job.

Yours,
Michael Moore

Well, Mr. Moore has ‘weighed in.’

And what a surprise that he is overjoyed at the demise of a once great company.

(And a company that fed and houses his family and friends for generations.)

Mr. Moore represents everything that is wrong with this country.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

29 Responses to “Michael Moore Feels Joy At Death Of GM”

  1. catie says:

    This quote: “Yesterday, the last surviving person from the Titanic disaster passed away. She escaped certain death that night and went on to live another 97 years.

    So can we survive our own Titanic in all the Flint Michigans of this country. 60% of GM is ours. I think we can do a better job.” says it all. This fat buffoon is truly one sick individual.

  2. proreason says:

    “60% of GM is ours now controlled by the corrupt knee-breaker totalitarians in the TMCC”

    fixed the obese hypocrit’s sentence for him

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Mr. Moore’s putting his vast carbon footprint into his mouth is as old as the old yam bag that he is. MM’s picture belongs in the dictionary next to the definition of “Self Loathing American.”

  4. JohnMG says:

    So Michael Moore weighs in with this pearl;

    …..”Within months in Flint in 1942, GM halted all car production and immediately used the assembly lines to build planes, tanks and machine guns. The conversion took no time at all. Everyone pitched in. The fascists were defeated…….”

    “The fascists were defeated.” How quaint. What would this fat tub of shit know about defeating fascism? He can’t even identify it while it’s happening all around him. I can hear it now. “Y’all better knock it off or I’m going to hit myself in the head real hard. Then you’ll know what your dealing with.” This piece of human rubbish doesn’t even realize that what he advocates IS fascism.

    I can’t say as I’d mind if he did take himself out, though.

    • jobeth says:

      JohnMG…How right you are! For all you lerking lefties out there…the def is below. I only wish the fat boy would check in here once in a while! (HE probably isn’t smart enough to learn anything though…)

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism

      Main Entry:fas·cism
      Pronunciation:\ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\
      Function:noun
      Etymology:Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces
      Date:1921
      1often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Notice how close fasces is to feces.

  5. pdsand says:

    “But you and I and the rest of America now own a car company! I know, I know — who on earth wants to run a car company? Who among us wants $50 billion of our tax dollars thrown down the rat hole of still trying to save GM? Let’s be clear about this: The only way to save GM is to kill GM. Saving our precious industrial infrastructure, though, is another matter and must be a top priority. If we allow the shutting down and tearing down of our auto plants, we will sorely wish we still had them when we realize that those factories could have built the alternative energy systems we now desperately need. And when we realize that the best way to transport ourselves is on light rail and bullet trains and cleaner buses, how will we do this if we’ve allowed our industrial capacity and its skilled workforce to disappear?”

    Wow, with all that valuable infrastructure, the manufacturing lines and giant plants sitting empty, why would any company simply walk away from such an investment? And with such a helpful skilled workforce eager to pack a lunch and roll up their sleeves and all…for just a nomimal wage and the small promise that the company take care of them for life at no charge…GM really must be run by fools.

    “100 years ago this year, the founders of General Motors convinced the world to give up their horses and saddles and buggy whips to try a new form of transportation. Now it is time for us to say goodbye to the internal combustion engine. It seemed to serve us well for so long. We enjoyed the car hops at the A&W. We made out in the front — and the back — seat. We watched movies on large outdoor screens, went to the races at NASCAR tracks across the country, and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time through the window down Hwy. 1. And now it’s over. It’s a new day and a new century. The President — and the UAW — must seize this moment and create a big batch of lemonade from this very sour and sad lemon.”

    All that backbone of American life could be created by market forces. I’m sure government intervention will be just as successful.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    What a fine epitaph for FAT BOYS’ funeral :

    Here lies Mike Moore
    No Mike ….No Moore!!

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Michael Moore you are the true ‘sicko’ here. How can anyone take great delight in the fall of GM and thousands of people being laid off? True, GM could’ve built better cars, but for this waste of space to gleefully rub his hands together like a fly sitting on a fresh dung heap is beyond the pale.

    • Petronius says:

      Michael Moore: “The company’s body not yet cold, and I find myself filled with — dare I say it — joy.”

      12 Gauge: “How can anyone take great delight in the fall of GM…?”

      General Motors is the symbol of American capitalism. For Moore and millions like him, the bankruptcy of GM is the Liberal Death Wish triumphant. Liberals are like savages who take delight in all destruction.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I used to think Mr Moore was just an idiot. But he isn’t smart enough to compete with the likes of other idiots.

    His “article” reads like a 9th grade creative writing exercise and well, to be honest, I’d give it a “C-”

    Not for content, grammar or style…but, simply because you’re such a fat, ugly sh*thead, Michael. It’s time to face up to the fact that the cool chicks and the jocks aren’t going to like you and that the smart kids think you’re a loser, too. So, guess you’ll have to just deal with being a fat, lonely loser. But take heart, there are lots of fat, ugly, stupid losers just like you who are hurting for friends too. So you can sit with them at lunch and someday, they’ll make a TV show out of it. How’s that sound?

    • proreason says:

      “there are lots of fat, ugly, stupid losers just like you who are hurting for friends too”

      Michael Moore and Drooling Baney should hook-up.

      Then they would each have a friend.

      Send drool cups for Christmas!!!

  9. wirenut says:

    Wasn’t Moore what the Titanic ran into that fatal night?

  10. BillK says:

    I love how he rhapsodizes about Japan’s cross-country bullet trains but fails to realize there’s a little difference between a country the size of Michigan and running 4000 miles of brand new high speed-engineered track.

    But then again, liberals have never cared about details

  11. wardmama4 says:

    You know what is so ironic – Michael Moore wouldn’t be Michael Moore without those damn car companies – he made his shtick on Roger & Me (umm GM CEO) made with the money he won from a lawsuit against Mother Jones (take note lefties, they eat their own). Not to mention that this jackass grew up in Flint (well actually the rich suburb Davison).

    So like all true Liberals – he has just spit upon everything and everyone who gave him his success.

    I thank God everyday that I don’t hate myself like Liberals – it must be a real bitc* to live like that.

    • proreason says:

      It would be interesting to see a study of the physical attractiveness of prominent male liberals vs conservatives.

      To cite a few liberals: Michael Moore, Chuckie Shumer, Henry Waxman, Drooling Barney, John Kerry, Harry Reid

      To cite a few conservatives: Ronald Reagen, Mitt Romney, John Cornyn, George Bush,

      I know there are plenty of counter examples…..but my hunch is that liberal self-loathing begins in high-school and is most prevalent in boys who are just plain ugly. Good looking boys have more self-confidence, and have no reason to hate themselves or their country.

    • pdsand says:

      I was gonna say, at this late hour is Michael Moore still lying about being from Flint? But maybe he is actually in the city of Flint this time, slumming to write an article.

    • neocon mom says:

      This is the first time I’ve heard GM blamed for alcoholism and drug addiction. GM is probably responsible for cancer and earthquakes too. Is GM to blame for Moore’s giant posterior as well?

    • neocon mom says:

      PR–Lots of pro-athletes, a majority of folks in the military, then look at the Hollywood conservatives/Republicans–Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Dean Cain, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, John Wayne, John Voigt, the gorgeous Angie Harmon, Patricia Heaton, in the media, the Fox News babes (Megyn Kelly, Martha Mac, Julie Banderas, et al), Elizabeth Hasselbeck, then there’s Kathy Ireland, Kim Alexis Carrie Prejean, and the beautiful Sarah Palin just to rattle off a few more attractive types. Rugged, masculine or feminine and elegant, these are confident go-getters with a can-do attitude, like most Americans (would add Arnold, but the more liberal he gets, the uglier he becomes.)

  12. curvyred says:

    And the entire “roger and me” movie was actually based on a false premise, namely that the “roger” person would not meet with Michael, and later it turned out that he did indeed meet with him – but that would fly in the face of Michael’s creative editing – so the footage did not make it into the movie – if I remember correctly there was actually a lawsuit filed against the filmakers.

    Proreason: we have better looking men and women on our side, maybe that is why the libbies are so bitter.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The only handsome men the demoncraps have are homosexuals……. sans Barney and Michael Moore!!

    • wardmama4 says:

      curvy red – not only a lawsuit – but a film – Manufacturing Dissent. Made by someone who was a Moore believer until they found out that Moore had indeed met with Smith and that the footage was ‘left on the cutting room floor’. It was interesting to see that Moore is every bit the evader, liar and jerk he makes those the target of his crockumentaries out to be.

  13. canary says:

    Michael Moore left his Flint home too for NYC and Hollywood. The multi-millionaire capitalist that preaches socialism, and flys his planes or copters instead of driving a GM car. He won’t be in filthy Flint long. Probably just made another few million speaking at school graduations, poisioning the minds of our youth.

  14. Anonymoose says:

    Hey Mike,

    Looks like you’re still coasting on the good old days of Roger & Me. Nice to see you’ll get another five minutes of fame before you head back to oblivion. Everyone by now knows who you are, your tactics, your innate hatred, and don’t want to be in your movies.

    Never mind that GM cars last a lot longer than 2 years, or that “Planned Obsolescence” was a term invented by Bernard London in 1932, you still play fast and loose with the facts.

    And yeah, gasoline won’t last forever. But these artificial taxes to force us off it are only going to create more problems and line the pockets of people who don’t deserve it. And what are all these mass transit vehicles going to run on? Hot air? Or electricity and diesel? And if your dream happens will the government give up the cap-n-trades and gas taxes once we’re all alternative? I doubt it. Once a tax is in place it stays, look at England and the VAT for luxuries instated after WWII. It’s still there. Meanwhile our enemies will go “those idiots” and keep on using gas.

    And who’ll control all these train and rail systems? A bunch of selfless hippies or yet another evil corporation you’ll quickly despise? it’s so easy to complain about everything, and much harder to actually fix it all, but you know that, don’t you? This way you get to complain but not have to deal with fixing things. You can rejoice if it works out, and complain more when it doesn’t. No blame on you for anything.

    The market will only change when it really does start to run out. The time now is research and planning for it, not some wishful thinking that hybrids and alternative somethings will save us.

    And Mike, enjoy these five minutes, they probably won’t come again.

  15. artboyusa says:

    “Well, Lefty; it looks like this is the end of the road for GM” sighed Shop Steward Joe.

    “Yeah” agreed Union Guy Lefty. “I don’t know how I’m gonna tell the fellas: Pablo, Pancho, Paco, Luis, Ramon, Miguel, José…”

    “They’re gonna take it pretty hard”.

    “….José, Jésus, Juan, Francisco, Hernando, José…”

    “They’ve all got families to feed”.

    “…Enrique, Ricardo, Martin, José and José Junior. Hard workin’ union guys like them are the backbone of America!”

    “You said it, brother” agreed Joe. “It was organized labor that made this company into what it is now – and what do we get for it?”

    “Yeah, what?” said Lefty.

    “I mean, when I started I used to have ta come in five days a week –five freakin’ days! I had ta be here by 9 o’clock and I hadda stay on the line until it was time for my first break at 9.30. In them days you only got two breaks before lunch – two lousy breaks! And then we only had an hour and a half for lunch and we even had ta bring it in ourselves – from home! No onsite restaurant for us! No sir! No lobster neither”.

    “Yeah, it was grim”.

    “We had ta stay here until almost 5 o’clock most days AND we was expected ta stay awake most of the time. AND they wouldn’t let us drink on the job – not like now. AND we only got two lousy weeks paid vacation AND only a month’s worth of personal days AND we had to build cars –sometimes two or three a week! Jeezus, I don’t know how we stood it, I really don’t”.

    “Nightmare”.

    “The Jews had it easy compared ta us auto workers. Thank God the Union stepped in and got all dat stuff fixed”.

    “Yeah…fixed” said Lefty, taking a sip of his Long Island iced tea before pushing his chair back into the full ‘recline’ position. “Hey, didja notice that the line ain’t moved much lately? Them cars just been sittin’ there for weeks now. They’re gettin’ all dusty”.

    “Yeah, dusty”.

    “Oh well, what the hey? It ain’t our fault”.

    “Nope”.

  16. Barbie says:

    From Moore’s main text:
    ‘The other front in this war is being waged by the oil companies against you and me. They are committed to fleecing us whenever they can’…

    From Moore’s ‘solutions’ #10:
    ‘To help pay for this, impose a two-dollar tax on every gallon of gasoline’.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  17. And Michael Moore is certainly proof the American education system is failing.

    He thinks we can install light or high speed rail as they have in Japan? Here’s something for you:

    Japan is approximately 145,883 sq mi. The United States is 3,794,066 sq mi, or 26 times the size of Japan.

    I live in a suburb of Milwaukee and work in the rather rural area of Germantown. I have to drive to and from work in order to, you know, pay my bills. And Moore wants to punish me.

    Barbie is absolutely correct:

    From Moore’s main text:
    ‘The other front in this war is being waged by the oil companies against you and me. They are committed to fleecing us whenever they can’…

    From Moore’s ’solutions’ #10:
    ‘To help pay for this, impose a two-dollar tax on every gallon of gasoline’.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    “Fleecing” is only done by companies. When the government raises taxes to astronomical levels, it’s okay.

    He’s a moron. Don’t like America, Mr. Moore? Move to Canada, Europe. Go ahead.

  18. beautyofreason says:

    “The only way to save GM is to kill GM”

    I’m sure he feels the same way about the country.

  19. GTBurns says:

    FORD is the only one of the big 3 that is doing better than the others and they did not take the government money. The UAW now has a 56% controlling stock in Chrysler, is the company doing better? NO they are now protesting themselves over closing their Sterling Heights MI plant and a recent Auto magazine slammed the company for uninspired car designs.


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