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Michael Moore: GM's Bankruptcy Fills Me With Joy ( The Bullet Trains In 5 Years )
NewsMax ^ | Monday, June 1, 2009 8:32 PM | Staff

Posted on 06/01/2009 9:03:18 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

Filmmaker and leftist activist Michael Moore said the demise of General Motors filled him with ‘joy’ Monday and then suggested the Obama administration launch into a massive socialization of U.S. industry to build ‘green’ autos and bullet trains.

To pay for it all, he suggests a $2 per gallon federal tax.

Writing on The Daily Beast Web site, Moore said he was writing from Flint, Michigan, GM’s birthplace, which he described as abandoned and emptied by the company’s incompetence and eagerness for cheap labor.

“Who among us wants $50 billion of our tax dollars thrown down the rat hole of still trying to save GM?,” wrote Moore, who came to fame with a film, “Roger & Me” that mocked GM’s management in the 1980s.

“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,” Moore wrote.

He then gives 10 suggestions for revamping the auto industry and the entire U.S. infrastructure.

First, he proposes taking the money being poured into GM to give laid off workers of all stripes jobs in a massive reindustrialization similar to the World War II effort.

“Announce that we will have (My Note: The Shinkansen) bullet trains criss-crossing this country in the next five years. Japan is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its first bullet train this year.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bullettrain; gastax; generalmotors; gm; michaelmoore
I have been on the "Chunnel" considered one of the engineering miracles of the world. The 32-mile rail tunnel beneath the English Channel.

ENGLAND/FRANCE

London to Paris: 186 mph, 2 hours and 25 minutes (from $98 at eurostar.com)
• Comparable flight: 1 hour and 20 minutes on EasyJet, $30

Eurostar carries more passengers than all of the airlines combined on both routes out of London.

As if the airlines aren't in enough trouble financially..here comes competition.

And Moore's "suggestion in a hat" scenario:..."impose a $2 tax on every gallon of gasoline..." ah.. whatever happened to drilling and becoming energy independent of foreign oil, as well?

1 posted on 06/01/2009 9:03:18 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

So it’s ok for Moore to want GM to fail......


2 posted on 06/01/2009 9:04:48 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Dick Cheney gets results!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Related thread:

GM: Its rise, fall and future (Founder was strongly anti-union)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2261996/posts


3 posted on 06/01/2009 9:04:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("The unarmed man is not just defenseless - he is also contemptible." Machiavelli)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Hate looks so ugly

Pretty sad that a fat nobody can try to act self righteous.

4 posted on 06/01/2009 9:05:30 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Sorry Michael, Bullet Trains can only support passangers 600lbs or less.

Take the damn bus fat@$$!


5 posted on 06/01/2009 9:06:20 PM PDT by avacado
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To: fight_truth_decay

A $2 tax per gallon on gas? I wonder if Moore woud be as accepting of a $5 tax on each movie ticket and movie rental.


6 posted on 06/01/2009 9:07:07 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: fight_truth_decay

What is it with liberals’ fascination with light rail? You end up with transportation that runs on the same routes as cars and buses.

Face it—light rail exists because liberal snobs are too stuck up to ride a bus.

Bullet trains won’t work in a country as big as the U.S.A. We’re too spread out—cities and suburbs both. Airlines can make the trip in a more profitable manner.


7 posted on 06/01/2009 9:08:11 PM PDT by JeffChrz (Atlas will shrug.)
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To: avacado

I think Michael Moore is filled with something, but it doesn't look like Joy...it looks like lard.

8 posted on 06/01/2009 9:08:47 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Idiots made him rich and now he publicly states he is glad Americans are out of a job. I hope KOS and DU are proud.


9 posted on 06/01/2009 9:09:18 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: JeffChrz

If we are lucky Obama will take this fat fools advice.


10 posted on 06/01/2009 9:09:52 PM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm not calling in sick; I'm calling in gone!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

It would be a real hoot to watch Moore’s publicity agent tried to load his lard ass into one of those new “smart” cars. LOL!


11 posted on 06/01/2009 9:10:09 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Gibbs needs to be "exceedingly careful" when threatening the American people.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

GM management wanted “cheap labor?” What a liar. I know someone who had a son who worked in transmissions at Gm - on the line and made way over $100,000 a year.

The UAW and liberalism killed GM. German and Japanese workers want to see their car companies succeed. UAW workers and union leaders just want to bleed the companies to death.


12 posted on 06/01/2009 9:10:29 PM PDT by Frantzie
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To: fight_truth_decay
Announce that we will have bullet trains criss-crossing this country in the next five years.

No way in hell I'd ride 165 mph in anything built by the UAW.

13 posted on 06/01/2009 9:10:42 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: fight_truth_decay
To pay for it all, he suggests a $2 per gallon federal tax.

I predict that will indeed happen, and Americans will be paying $4 per gallon by July 4th and $8 by Election Day 2012.

14 posted on 06/01/2009 9:12:52 PM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: Sgt_Schultze
From the Daily Kos... A rebuttal to Michael Moore by lwisne Share this on Twitter - A rebuttal to Michael Moore Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 07:53:40 PM PDT Mr. Moore, I am severely troubled by your latest diary on Daily Kos. I am a Detroit native, so I also know the pain of the car industry's woes firsthand. I don't know how you can possibly come to the conclusion you have come to in dancing on the grave of GM. You manage to be cruel, misleading, and woefully impractical all in just a few paragraphs. I have to admit that I am generally a fan, and have seen all your films with the exception of "Roger and Me." However, your post on dKos has really shaken my faith in your ability to be a force for good in America.http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/6/1/737838/-A-rebuttal-to-Michael-Moore

poor dumb liberal..drink some more koolaid, then Maybe Michael Moore will make some sense.

15 posted on 06/01/2009 9:13:03 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
"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"

And Japan is tiny. "Criss-crossing" 3,000 miles? good luck with that.

16 posted on 06/01/2009 9:14:39 PM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: fight_truth_decay
I'll bet that Michael "Lard Ass" Moore doesn't try to haul his big butt around in a Chevy Volt.

What is Lard Ass going to do when no one is allowed to sell a car big enough to carry him around anymore?

17 posted on 06/01/2009 9:15:51 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Crisis - America Held Hostage)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Michael Moore drives a Chrysler.

Moore in December '08: "A few weeks ago, I took my Chrysler in to the Chrysler dealer here in northern Michigan -- and the latest fixes cost me $1,400. The next day, the vehicle wouldn't start. When I got it going, the brake warning light came on. And on and on.

--Saving the Big 3 for You and Me. You might assume from this that I couldn't give a rat's ass about these miserably inept crapmobile makers down the road in Detroit city. But I do care. I care about the millions whose lives and livelihoods depend on these car companies. I care about the security and defense of this country because the world is running out of oil -- and when it runs out, the calamity and collapse that will take place will make the current recession/depression look like a Tommy Tune musical."

18 posted on 06/01/2009 9:19:04 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: FreepShop1
And Japan is tiny. "Criss-crossing" 3,000 miles? good luck with that.

I'm pretty sure that Lard Ass is not even aware that Fly Over Country exists.

19 posted on 06/01/2009 9:19:44 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Crisis - America Held Hostage)
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To: avacado

To paraphrase Dean Wormer: “Fat, ugly and stupid . . . “


20 posted on 06/01/2009 9:19:52 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: fight_truth_decay

Why does he remind me of a big hog?


21 posted on 06/01/2009 9:22:06 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Michael Moore drives a Chrysler.

I doubt it.

The fact that Moore claimed that he drives a Chrysler is pretty solid evidence that he does not.

If Moore claimed that the sun rises in the East, I would look for the sun to rise in the West tomorrow morning.

22 posted on 06/01/2009 9:23:56 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Crisis - America Held Hostage)
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To: All
Moore in June '09

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--Michael Moore Mass E-Mails On The End Of The Company Whose Tower "Roger" Hid In


23 posted on 06/01/2009 9:25:52 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Bubba_Leroy
What is Lard Ass going to do when no one is allowed to sell a car big enough to carry him around anymore?

You kidding? He, and all of "our Betters", will be given some sort of (medical/ security/whatever) wavier, allowing them soome kind of four door, duce-and-a-quarterr land yacht. You may grin, but wait and see...

24 posted on 06/01/2009 9:30:40 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: mockingbyrd

Like every other Democrat, Mr. Moore is a friend to the working man and woman only when they can do something for him. Beyond that, he holds them in contempt.

When will these fools who believe in and vote for the Democrat Party ever learn?


25 posted on 06/01/2009 9:31:11 PM PDT by mort56 (He who would sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither. - Ben Franklin)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Moore: "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."

Twitter to that comment.

26 posted on 06/01/2009 9:31:34 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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Michael Moore has way too big a carbon foot print and the planet would be far better off if his fat carcass was immediately recycled.


27 posted on 06/01/2009 9:32:48 PM PDT by Blado (''crush the bourgeoisie...grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation'' - V.I. Lenin)
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To: fight_truth_decay

How does someone that fat and stupid live so long?


28 posted on 06/01/2009 9:33:00 PM PDT by hometoroost (Torture? Would you rather do 5 years at Gitmo or 5 hours with the Muslims?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I contend that it is one of life’s greatest tragedies that Michael Moore’s mother never made the acquaintance of the recently departed George Tiller.


29 posted on 06/01/2009 9:42:00 PM PDT by mkjessup
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To: fight_truth_decay
Sadly, the worker bees who think Moore and BHO are on their side will never understand what is happening here. They don't realize they will lose their jobs and livelihood because of the "green" agenda of the left. The union thugs won't explain it either - they will just keep blaming "bush" and the right, and the morons won't ever be the wiser.

The same senario will play out among illegals and the left - think Sierra Club and overpopulation and water supply, etc. etc.

I kinda like it . . .

30 posted on 06/01/2009 9:54:54 PM PDT by PLK
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To: PLK
they will just keep blaming "bush" and the right,

I was listening to an '08 NPR Roundtable taping earlier when it was first announced that Bush would aid the carmakers with the iniatial offering $13.5 + $4 bil. NPR reported Bush agreed with most Democrats, that this loan, as they called 'it' then, needed to be done asap to save the jobs of the workers. There were just too jobs at stake to see the Auto Industry go down. This money would last 'til March '09 was the forecast, then it would be Obama's problem.

31 posted on 06/01/2009 10:11:24 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Michael Moore is even a more despicable POS than I thought him before, since he is happy to see people suffer unnecessarily. And deluded, too, if he believes socialist policies will achieve what he apparently hopes.


32 posted on 06/01/2009 10:20:12 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Conservatives allow the guilty to be executed but Lefties insist that the innocent be executed.)
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To: hometoroost

The Ted Kennedy-Satan reverse soul mortgage...


33 posted on 06/01/2009 10:26:51 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Last Dakotan
A derailment at 185 mph would be pretty nasty.
34 posted on 06/01/2009 10:32:37 PM PDT by odin2008 (Everything in the universe is subject to change.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I’m sure it does fill him with joy.

Michigan is a liberal paradise: they had high unemployment during the boom years. :)


35 posted on 06/01/2009 10:38:46 PM PDT by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: fight_truth_decay
I hope the exact opposite occurs than what the slob envisions!
36 posted on 06/01/2009 10:39:14 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: fight_truth_decay
“Who among us wants $50 billion of our tax dollars thrown down the rat hole of still trying to save GM?,” wrote Moore

No, instead let's throw away $50 billion building bullet trains to nowhere. Moore must be living a wet dream these days - every day he wakes up we are closer and closer to becoming Cuba.

37 posted on 06/02/2009 12:01:52 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

“Michael Moore: GM’s Bankruptcy Fills Me With Joy”

Now we know what makes a Communist happy.


38 posted on 06/02/2009 5:27:55 AM PDT by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus - I Tim 2:5)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

"Fat, Drunk, and Stupid is no way to go through life, son."

39 posted on 06/02/2009 6:13:50 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Crisis - America Held Hostage)
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To: Axenolith

I should have known that. I’ve said that about Teddy for years. Thanks for clearing that up for me.


40 posted on 06/02/2009 7:07:55 AM PDT by hometoroost (Torture? Would you rather do 5 years at Gitmo or 5 hours with the Muslims?)
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To: Rummyfan
These high speed trains or bullet express means of transportation will be from Disney to Vegas or throughout Illinois. Bet the test trains have those destinations (cronies repaid under R&D). I don't mind progress but needs to be done in moderation overtime so the floundering economy and America's companies big and small are not hurt in this "rush to make change". Haste makes waste.

I worry about the sinking value of the dollar, as oil prices are rising. Course his followers think Obama is moving mountains.

Welcome to Socialism!!!

The government owns Amtrak..ah how efficient is that, and how many crashes per year? That is a prior government financial scandal:

CLIP

"....creative accounting to disguise its financial problems, hiding operating expenses as capital costs, as well as misled the public about its effectiveness and performance. Amtrak’s failure to secure more of the growing transportation market, coupled with high costs, poor management and abysmal productivity, result in a metaphorical gun held to the heads of American taxpayers: “Continue to subsidize us or we will pull the trigger.”

Created by an act of Congress in October 1970, Amtrak started as a federally chartered corporation authorized to operate virtually all intercity passenger routes in the United States. It was supposed to reverse over two decades of continuous operating deficits incurred by privately run passenger railroads. At the time, promising to be a profit-making enterprise, it was given $40 million in initial funding, along with $100 million in loan guarantees."

"With 30 years of failure under its belt, Amtrak has received nearly $25 billion in taxpayer dollars, with no prospect in sight of ever breaking even. Under the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997, Congress mandated the rail service to be self-sufficient by December 2002, or come up with a liquidation plan. But last year, Senate leaders blocked Amtrak from even doing a liquidation study of itself."

No one brings up Amtrack, as much as they should!

41 posted on 06/03/2009 9:32:30 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Amtrak


42 posted on 06/03/2009 9:33:43 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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