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Michael Moore, long a critic of General Motors, is calling Rick Wagoner's ousting a "superhero move" from President Obama, one that puts corporate America on watch. The truth, as usual, lies in the middle of the extremes, but Moore has long been critical of the Automotive Industrial Complex and its treatment of blue-collar workers.

In a new post on his website, Moore says he views the move as a kind of karmic payback for GM's brass after decades of high living. The controversial documentary filmmaker and activist acknowledges that while Wagoner is getting a $23 million package to go away, he's still being shown the door by a government that's been mandated by the people to sort things out.

There's also a post-script that addresses the difference between the scrutiny the automakers have received versus the comparative free-for-all banks have had with TARP funding, hoping that this disparity will be sorted out in the same swashbuckling manner. Agree or not, Moore offers another take on all the gloom and doom, positing that it may even be a glimmer of hope for better things to come.

[Source: Michaelmoore.com; Image: Ann-Christine Poujoulat/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does Michael Moore know?

      Back in the 80s, he made Roger and Me, saying that GM was full of crap when they said they couldn't afford to make cars in UAW-dominated Michigan anymore. He pointed out that at that time GM was making a ton of money, clearly GM was lying when they said they had to pull out.

      Flash forward 10 years and it's clear that the cost of labor in Michigan is a heavy drain on GM. Not only are they paying too much, but they're getting too little work from union labor. GM manages to negotiate some improvements in the latter area, but the cost problem gets even worse.

      Another 10 years later and GM is a dead man walking because they're still paying benefits to the workers from the 80s at those inflated levels they correctly foresaw as ruinous back in the 80s, but Michael Moore states was just lies and greed.

      Various works of Michael Moore's I really like. And I even like viewing Roger and Me because it's about my hometown in a period I lived through, even though his premise is wrong. But he is not the guy you want to take advice from on what to do about the automakers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not the cost of labor in Michigan. Relative to inflation wages have at best remained flat for midlevel workers across the US since the early '80s (if not longer). The problem has been wealth consolidation upward, resulting in less disposable income for the middle class - the purchasing class. For a strong economy it's wiser to sell 15 Chevys to 15 different families than it is to sell one Maybach to one wealthy elitist.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, He can be entertaining.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Bilderberg group is in CONTROL!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bakka- you got it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr. Moore was great in that movie "American Carol" !
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it is time for Mssr. Moore to snuggle up with his buddy Bawney Fwank!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      super hero?

      How about

      Super Frightening


      As in, when government gets into forcing out those aren't playing ball in the private arena we should all be scared. Since Obama has a well document hit machine taken from his campaign run why should anyone cheer this activity?

      Yeah, Wagoneer needed to go, but so did Ghettofinger (lol) who flat out refused to help GM meed the March 30th deadline.

      Fascism ... we went right past socialism into a government corporate structure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Chris, Yea your right Obama should have told GM to f off and die.
      • 6 Years Ago
      how much does gettelfinger make a year?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Micheal Moore has somewhat of a point. Big companies always lie about their profits to look bad and ask for money! The collar workers are the problem with their silly bonuses on the workers backs! The workers just go and do their job, then home to their family!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Words cannot describe what an imbecile this man is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No LittleRocket. I'll listen to facts backed by sense - neither of which u seem to exhibit with yr comment. As far as no fresh thinking goes, I'm one of the people on the inside who is helping to get the Ford Fiesta launched Stateside. Part of how much we get paid is based on how much money we can save Ford (without denigrating the product). That requires much more thinking than most of the commentary exhibited on Autoblog.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @skicat: I didn't want to mention this before, but when it comes to experience, your proudest achievement is helping to launch the Fiesta in the US? By which you mean, taking a design largely done in Europe, and doing a bit of cost-cutting here and there for the US market? Is that the kind of experience that gives you irreplaceable insight into what the domestic auto industry needs to survive? Has it ever occurred to you it was precisely this kind of cost-cutting that turned off large numbers of buyers who complained about cheap plastic interiors, poor quality, etc? "Without denigrating the product", in which alternate reality? And do you not listen to your customers because they are outsiders who lack the same groupthink mentality as you and your peers? Long story short, what you call experience, I call the same old groupthink mentality that contributed to the domestic Big 3's gradual downfall. Oh, and easy on the name-calling: If you take the label skicat, then remove 2 of the 6 letters, it wouldn't be too flattering, either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No Rocket - my proudest achievements are paying my own way through college, graduating, traveling the world, working my way up from the bottom, building my own home, and having family, friends and a 30-year career I am proud of. You p!ss on the Fiesta and the people who work on it. You know nothing about the car, the project or what goes on at Ford except what u read on the Web and the ill-informed opinions you rant here.

        Speaking of groupthink, much of what you spout sounds like it comes from someone who lives on one of the coasts, and has neither owned, driven, or even sat in a domestic brand for or what? 20 years?

        Where Ford is now and where we are headed is proof that we are listening. And someone who knew anything about what it takes to launch a car in the U.S. market would know that there are many places to save money besides the vehicle itself. When the Fiesta comes out the American public will either make it a hit, or reject it as the junk you have already judged it to be. Until then, you have nothing to stand on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @skicat:

        1. You are paid a 6-figure salary at Ford to cut costs from a car already designed by another team of engineers in Europe.

        2. You don't want to listen to industry outsiders who don't share your experience/groupthink.

        3. On the rare occasion when you pay attention to industry outsiders, if they criticize past/present/future Ford vehicles, then they are just ill-informed and have nothing to stand on.

        If you don't see what's wrong with any of the above, then that perfectly illustrates the dangers of a groupthink mentality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Then he's an imbecile like a fox. Both he and Rush have become multi-millionaires spouting off to their respective constituencies. And just like Rush, there is usually a grain of truth buried under the bombast.

        And again I assert: most of the people commenting don't live in MI, and don't know d!ck about the auto industry. When you live here and work on the inside for a decade or so, then u can mouth off.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LittleRocket let's put it this way. What u term "groupthink," I call experience. Something u for which seem to have little respect. That means yr too young to appreciate it. Not everyone who lives and works in the industry in MI is at fault for where it is today. And those of who are still at it are trying to fix it. Unlike those (u included) who comment from the sidelines, p!ssing into the hole we (and thousands of other good Americans) are trying to get out of.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      Go away Michael Mooron! Nobody but faaaar left wing nut jobs care what you say!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        "Superhero Move" huh Michael Moore. Seriously, you would think that the medias slant would be a little more believable if they didn't grovel at Obama's feet as much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Yep Miguel Moron. Epic fail douche. Go run somewhere, you obviously don't need a car. You need a treadmill. STFU.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        @ Ken no they both end dead, winner gets painless quick death :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        You lost me at "Michael Moore".
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Just to show you what a doooooshbag Moore is, within 10 minutes of Obama's saying that the fed gov back up warranties in a speech I heard reference to him as "President Goodwrench" by Laura Ingraham who is clearly far wittier and intelligent than any of her haters.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        And i guess he doesn't care to think of the ramifications of such a move. The government is taking over everything, read the bills being passed, pay attention to what is going on. A bill has already been drafted to give the government control over the internet, it's not a joke Rockefeller is behind it (of course) The dictatorship of Obama is sickening. He is controlling our auto industry and handing Trillions to the banks, no questions asked. www.infowars.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Michael Moore= TOOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        michael moore is a flipping idiot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        There aren't any bigger dBags in this world (both literally and figuratively) than Mr. Moore. Never has someone so loud done so little for society.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Michael Moore is an angry childish guy, but that plays well with the victim mentality of the people his movies cater to. I wonder when he's gonna do a film on the excess of the greedy union boss, or the guy who collects a full paycheck from GM while sitting in the Bar all day?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wonder how he reconciles saying that autoworkers turned to drink when they lost their jobs with the fact that Kirfhan's II (at the corner of Bristol and Van Slyke) did a thriving business selling liquor to UAW workers who were still being paid but either snuck out of the plant without clocking out or wanted to buy some booze to take into the plant for the hard day at work.

        There's no doubt that there has been a huge problem with alcoholism and absenteeism at auto plants in Flint (and all of Michigan I would suspect), and many autoworkers have lost their jobs in the same area. But I don't know if he has cause and effect the right way around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This picture needed a caption saying something to the effect of:

      When we asked Michael Moore how big his P3ni$ is, he just responded with this, so we took a picture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they should make Moore the CEO of GM, and see how much more successful than Wagoner he will be in turning around GM.
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