Michael Moore Tells Wisconsin Teachers “America Isn’t Broke”

Jon Stewart put it nicely. Now filmmaker Michael Moore takes the gloves off. Visiting Madison, Wisconsin this Saturday, he told the crowd “America isn’t broke.” Rather, the money that used to run the country simply got siphoned out of the system and put into unproductive Wall Street accounts. Strong words, but if you consider that most US corporations pay no US taxes, that billionaire hedge fund managers pay far lower taxes than the rest of you, that we’re preserving the unsustainable Bush tax breaks that overwhelmingly benefit the extremely wealthy, then you start to think about our national deficits and Wisconsin’s battles with teachers in a different light.

Make no mistake about it. The deficits are a real problem. And any truly excessive perks for public workers should be cut. But the middle class shouldn’t bear the sole brunt of the national sacrifice. And, so far, that’s all we see. Main Street took the hit in 2008 while Wall Street walked. And that’s what’s happening again…

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  • Mr Writing III

    I didn’t know this is a political website.

  • Mike

    Very well stated, Dan. Bravo.

  • Dan Colman

    I would hardly call OC a political website. But it does focus on education and culture, and the Wisconsin debate will have a major impact on the future of education, which makes the debate fair game for us… Then you add the fact that you have a famous filmmaker commenting on it. Now it’s doubly fair game…

    Dan

  • http://www.reelnerds.com John

    Fortunately, we can be in favor of cutting public sector salaries AND raising taxes on the rich, right? Oh, wait. . . . That’s a no from both parties? Oh, alright. I guess we can just name-call instead of searching for a fair solution for that majority of Americans who make far less than either Wall Street bankers OR public sector employees.

  • Andrew S.

    Please return to being apolitical. Thanks.

  • -EN

    As a lover of OC, I third that motion… Ditch the politics.

  • Jonathan

    Everything is politics. But before the comments on edu-poli-culture was only a little lefty. But at least we know where you are coming from.

  • Patricia Cone

    If Mr. Coleman had posted something about George Orwell’s 1984, would there have been comments such as, “Ditch the politics,” or “Please return to being apolitical?” Probably not.

    OC is read by people outside the United States. I’m one of them. The term “lefty” means pretty different things in different countries. I think it would reflect better on Americans and their culture if commenters would argue the merits and deficits of a post in an intellectual manner, and refrain from name-calling.

  • http://http//www.yeswetoys.com gode

    great michael moore!!!

  • Brian Pierce

    Please save this stuff for the Daily Kos and stick to cultural and educational media here.

  • yeah, right

    micheal moore is “kind of a dick”.

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