Saturday, December 13, 2008

Crisis.....

Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead
Friday, December 12th, 2008

Friends,

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.

Yours,Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
MichaelMoore.com

p.s. I'm working thru something personal.....I'm taking a much needed break. Hopefully when I return all will be right in our world. G-d help us all.

37 comments:

Vivian M said...

I hope you work through it and that you come back better than ever. Huge hugs!!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Been thinking of you..
Miss ya girly..
Love ya bunches..
Hugs..

kerri said...

You have been on my mind, sending hugs..

Sharie said...

Hope things in your world aren't as crazy they are in the rest of the world. Take care!

Sharie

OH MY #6 said...

take good care Rony. I hope all works out. I will be thinking of you.

Lea
xo

Ellie Monster said...

I've been thinking about you! Hang in there.
BTW, thanks for posting that. We are in such a sad state of the country. I'm holding out hope for 1/20 and beyond!

Kristy said...

I hope and pray all things work out for you, but please don't stay gone for too long.
Love, Kristy

Yoli said...

I am sorry Rony, I hope things resolve themselves. I hate to see you sad.

HUGS

Katie J said...

Wishing you good things.

J said...

What a lovely F-you from our government.

I hope things work out quickly for you at home. I've been missing seeing you around.

JinXiu said...

How have you been. How are the holidays coming along. I miss seeing pictures of the girls

Take care

staci

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Whatever it is... hope all is well... hugs to ya...

(Sorry I have been away so long, life is crazy with work and getting paperwork together)

chris said...

I just got caught up. Hope all is well, Wild Woman.

Hang in there and Merry Christmas!

Carol and Taylor said...

Happy holidays to you and your family, and I hope you have a happy new year.

Hope all is well

Kind regards from Miami,

Carol and Taylor

Our Red Thread Journey said...

Roni,

Thinking of you and your family during the holidays. I hope that whatever problems you are working through give way to joy and celebration for your family.

It looks like they are going to finally make it through February. Only two months to go! Woo Hoo!

Our Red Thread Journey said...

Roni,

Thinking of you and your family during the holidays. I hope that whatever problems you are working through give way to joy and celebration for your family.

It looks like they are going to finally make it through February. Only two months to go! Woo Hoo!

Steffie B. said...

Hey sweet girl....I hope you are well and that whatever you are dealing with...I have no doubt you will over come it....

Have a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family.

Hugs,
Steffie

JinXiu said...

Dropping in to say Merry Christmas and all the best for 2009...

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy Holidays my DEAR FRIEND..
I sooo miss you..
Hugs..
Love ya..

Dianne said...

Life can be so crazy! My husband's in the auto industry (good, honest, hardworking man)but things have been tough. Hoping all is well with you and your sweet girls!
Di

Cindy from central NC said...

Hi Sweetheart,
Oh my....hope all is okay. Now I'm worried...Sending you good thoughts....would love to talk one night this week...what works for you? Maybe this evening after girls all go to sleep (8:30pm ish-8:45pm ish)....

love and hugs,
cin

Colleen said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and what ever you are dealing with I hope it gets better for you soon : ) I miss your spirited post! {{hug}}

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy New Year girly..
Have a Great Evening..
love ya..

Elyssium Earth said...

Right there with ya honey. I'll chuck ya on my prayer list. The world needs more yous. xxxx Sarah Kate wayyyyyyyyy downunder. Miss ya bloggo.

Steffie B. said...

stop by girl.....I have news.... ;)

McMemo said...

wish you were back... hope all is well

Kristy said...

Rony where are you????? I hope all of you are ok.

Love, Kristy

kerri said...

Are you ever leaving facebook to come back to your blog, LOL!
Or are you shopping for your anoguration(sp?)gown!
Hugs..

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Thinking of you..
Hope all is well.
HUGS..

Lauren and Ed said...

Just stopping by to say hello. I have not been keeping up with everyone’s blogs as much as I would like too, but am hoping to get back in the swing of things soon. Hope all is well with you and your family and your new year is filled with health and happiness!

Mimi said...

I miss your posts! Please come back! :D

Steffie B. said...

Hi there girl....missing you and I hope you are all doing well. Stop by if you'd like.....I am finally able to post Chang Ruigang's referral picture..... ;)

Hugs,
Steffie

Julie said...

Hope all is well. Knew you were taking a break. We miss you!

Julie

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Love ya girly..
Miss ya..
I am missing some cuteness...
Have a great weekend..
Stop by you might want to sign up for my online party..
Hugs..

DAVID AND AMY VENN'S WEBSITE said...

Today is January 31st. Where are you? Miss you!!
Amy

Elyssium Earth said...

Rony, babe, two words and this ridiculously out of shape cheerleadin' team wiLL be shoutin' for ya.

Let us in .....

Are u wit me gaLS?

Cindy from central NC said...

Ed and I are sitting on the couch and chatting about you. We both miss you.

We love you, sweetie. Ed has a light day tomorrow and is going to try and catch-up with you.

-Cindy