Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Michael Moore's advice to Obama

God I LOVE the interwebs! They bring you great stuff, like this article where Michael Moore first says if people would have only listened to him 20 years ago this never would have happened, and then gives a 9 point program for how the government should run GM.

Really! Here, check it:

"Twenty years ago when I made "Roger & Me," I tried to warn people about what was ahead for General Motors. Had the power structure and the punditocracy listened, maybe much of this could have been avoided. Based on my track record, I request an honest and sincere consideration of the following suggestions:"

People, his number one suggestion of what Obama should do now that he owns a car company is to declare war on the automobile!!

Number 3 is good too:

"3. 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. Now they have dozens of them. Average speed: 165 mph. Average time a train is late: under 30 seconds. They have had these high speed trains for nearly five decades -- and we don't even have one!"

Does Moore think that the US and Japan are about the same size? That Tokyo - Kyoto is about the same as LA - New York? Any price tag on this "suggestion"?

Hey Mike: Japan has $50 canteloupes too, and we don't even have one!!

And if you don't live in a big city, worry not for Michael has a plan to take care of you too in his auto free utopia:

"5. For people in rural areas not served by the train lines, have the GM plants produce energy efficient clean buses."

LOL, the sheer arrogance and cluelessness of this fat bastard is impressive, innit?

I can't resist one more:

"7. Transform some of the empty GM factories to facilities that build windmills, solar panels and other means of alternate forms of energy. We need tens of millions of solar panels right now. And there is an eager and skilled workforce who can build them."

We "need" a boatload of solar panels? Who is "we" exactly? And, is there a shortage of solar panels in the market right now? Is the reason we don't generate more energy from solar really because there aren't enough solar panels to go around? Would GM factory and workforce conversion really produce panels that were competitive with existing producers?



Anonymous said...

You cut off the train quote before the best line:

"The fact that the technology already exists for us to go from New York to L.A. in 17 hours by train, and that we haven't used it, is criminal."

I think I'll still be laughing about that line long after I forget those depressing Huffington Post commenters. I hope so.

Shawn said...


Chris Lawrence said...

"Twenty years ago when I made "Roger & Me," I tried to warn people about what was ahead for General Motors. Had the power structure and the punditocracy listened, maybe much of this could have been avoided."

Yep, GM would have gone bankrupt 19 1/2 years ago after it reopened every single plant it had ever operated and started cranking out 10 mpg Detroit steel behemoths that nobody wanted then, much less now, which would have avoided the last 19 1/2 years of GM floundering around for a business model. He does have a point.

Not the one he's trying to make, alas.

Vince said...

Think the article is bad, read the comments.

Anonymous said...

1. nobody significant enough to operate such a plan cares what Michael Moore thinks. The name alone brings with it a laugh of ridiculousness.
2. i think this guy smokes weed and visualizes this Utopian society where a wonderful government has the power to invent everything every person in our societies wants and needs--since we're all that coordinated.

James Smyth said...

If the Japanese didn't need cars themselves, there wouldn't be so many Japanese car companies. I live here, and I drive almost every day.

skh.pcola said...

@James Smith: +3! Best comment of the year!