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 says:

    I did­n’t know this is a polit­i­cal web­site.

  • Mike says:

    Very well stat­ed, Dan. Bra­vo.

  • John says:

    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.

  • -EN says:

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

  • Jonathan says:

    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 says:

    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.

  • gode says:

    great michael moore!!!

  • Brian Pierce says:

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

  • yeah, right says:

    micheal moore is “kind of a dick”.

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