Posts Tagged ‘Capitalism: A Love Story; FDR’

Hello! Go See Michael Moore’s New Movie–Now!

October 4, 2009

I saw Michael Moore’s new movie, “Capitalism: A Love Story” today. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me made, which I imagine is his whole goal. I’d say he hit it out of the park. Please, everybody, if you care about the future of this country, go see it right away.

What does it tell us when a Congresswoman says that Congress was panicked into giving $700 billion to Wall Street, with no strings attached. And now the woman who is in change of tracking results for Congress is getting kissed off by these same corporate kings. Moore’s point is that we no longer have a democracy, we have a plutocracy. We have rule by the wealthiest, and have since Reagan, a puppet they put in the presidency who then reduced the top tax rate from 90% to 35%. Of course, it’s no wonder we no longer have money to maintain roads and bridges, or to build public housing. Reagan cut the budget for public housing by 90% and put people with mental illness out on the streets.

Did you know that FDR wanted to pass a second Bill of Rights? He believed every American should have:

  • a job
  • a home
  • enough food
  • health care
  • a college education

There were 10 of these, possibly at the urging of Eleanor. Pretty radical sounding, but Moore informs us that they have been implemented by our WWII defeated enemies Japan, Italy and Germany. Italy even passed complete equal rights for women in its post-war constitution.

I hope I’ve teased you with some things you didn’t know. Moore is great at providing historical perspective. Go see the movie, the sooner the better. Ironically, the movie’s take for the first weekend is a much-watched indicator of strength and a good way of sending a message to the Wall Street titans.