Joined: 19 Jul 2002
|"Get a Job!" - Michael Moore's Labor Day Letter
August 29, 2003
Happy Labor Day - Now, Get a Job (A letter from Michael Moore)
For his part, George W. Bush will spend Labor Day doing what he does best -
not really working. Instead of protecting the country (I'll have much more
to say on that in the coming weeks) or addressing the nation's floundering
economy, he'll be raising money for his re-election campaign in Ohio.
Bush is on pace to raise almost $200 million in time for the Republican
primaries where his only competition will be his own dismal record. In
Minnesota this past Tuesday, Bush raised $1.4 million by giving a 24-minute
speech. That's about $60,000 for each minute of "work." By contrast, the
weekly salary of the average American worker is a staggering $616.
As Ron Eibensteiner, chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party, left the
event in St. Paul, he was met by hundreds of demonstrators. Being the
dignified, freedom-loving, compassionate conservative we all wish we could
be, Eibensteiner leaned over a police barricade toward the protestors and
yelled, "GET A JOB!"
It was a positive, uplifting message to America. The Minnesota Republican
Party isn't going to do anything to turn the economy around, and Bush
hasn't done anything in almost three years in office. The best any of them
can do is yell at people.
In the past year, 700,000 people were added to the list of unemployed. The
number of people out of work for half a year or more is up 28%. Thanks to
"Welfare to Work" (and Bill Clinton), July of 2003 saw 43.8% of the
unemployed lose their state support even though they still could not find a
jobča record high. Since Bush took over the country, roughly 2.5 million
jobs have simply evaporated.
Bush and the Republicans are going to need every cent of that $200,000,000
to campaign against an increasingly angry nation of temps and burger
flippers! In fact, he might need more, which is one good way to explain the
Republican's recent attempt to paint Bush as an 'underdog.'
"Democrats and their allies," Bush's campaign chairman Marc Racicot wrote
to super-rich Republicans, "will have more money to spend attacking the
president during the nomination battle than we will have to defend him."
Obviously Bush and his team have a problem with math that extends beyond
the $400 billion deficit we'll have by the end of this year (and the
projected $6 trillion deficit we will have amassed ten years from now under
Bush's guidance). If you look at the campaign fundraising so far, you see
that Bush has already raised $35 million. The closest Democratic candidate,
John Kerry, doesn't even have half that. Does the Bush campaign know
something we don't about where the Democrats are hiding all that money?
And who has been giving Bush all this money in a time of prolonged economic
downturn? Why, the companies that trade in money, of course! Of the top
twenty contributor's to the Bush campaign, twelve are finance companies.
With more than a year to go until the election, his top contributor,
Merrill Lynch, has already given $282,250. Doesn't it seem just a little
strange that the companies which SHOULD be suffering the most in Bush's
destroyed economy, would not only want to keep Junior around, but then get
together and pump millions into his reelection campaign?
As for the Bush protestors in Minnesota, and the unemployed across the
country, and the millions who only make minimum wage, and the 40 million
who don't have health insurance: if you can't rake in $60,000 a minute č or
if you can't even manage the $616 weekly American averagečthere's only one
thing left for you to do this Labor Day: GET A JOB!
Find a temp agency. Go to Wal-Mart. Join the Army (Lord knows we'll be in
Iraq for a while, and that'll be one handsome, steady paycheck).
Or apply for work at the Minnesota Republican Party's office. Here's their
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Send them your resume and a nice letter
telling them you've decided to take their advice to "GET A JOB"čand you're
coming to work for them!
But whatever you do, you really must quit your whining.
You are scaring the "President."
Sat Aug 30, 2003 7:15 pm
Joined: 01 Jul 2002
Location: Tighten Your Bible Belt
...how in the fuck?
I mean...I didn't vote for him. I don't know anyone that did. But he's the "president"... I've been depressed since he stole the primary from John Mcain, let's forget about him stealing the national election...I knew people that were wanting to go out and stump for McCain...kids who never cared about politics before...and then the Bush machine grinds through in South Carolina... I mean I had hopes for the national election after that...but I was already expecting the end by that point.
some kind of country we live in...
Sat Aug 30, 2003 8:39 pm
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