Michael Moore Has Plans for GM
The bullet trains are the easiest part. In Moore's utopia, travel within metropolitan areas would take place not in cars, but by light rail. I hope that he's done the math on the thousands of stations he would need to cover a metropolitan area and the earth that would have to be moved to lay a hundred thousand miles of tracks. For those of us living in less dense areas, we'd need plenty of bus stops.
Evidently Moore seems to believe that GM, the company he despises, has been hiding some pretty impressive capabilities all of these years and is in fact an engineering and manufacturing powerhouse. For him, its not even worth putting this fantasy trillion dollar national infrastructure project up for bid -- we'll just award it to a bankrupt car company.
And it's interesting that Moore didn't propose his trillion dollar GM-run national transportation infrastructure plan back in January, when the incoming Obama administration was faced with the twin challenges of crafting an economic stimulus and rescuing GM once again. Why wasn't he on television presenting his transportation plan in a series of interviews, like T. Boone Pickens? With his progressive credentials he would certainly get the administration's attention. Now it's too late -- the stimulus money is spent.
But no, Moore has the cost covered. He proposes a $2 tax on a gallon of gasoline. This way, every American family can contribute $1,000 to $2,000 a year to the effort of subsidizing this country's new public transportation sector and its union. If that means giving up day trips to the beach, away soccer games, and weekend visits to grandma's, America's children are ready to make the sacrifice.
Could all of this be just another liberal plan to kill the car? Draw your own conclusions:
The things we call "cars" may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet.
For a "real" progressive, not even hybrid cars are good enough. It's public transportation or nothing. Anything less will kill us all.
Of course, Michael Moore's proposal is idiocy, a fantastic and frightening walk through a fairyland of totalitarian statism. A captive, taxpayer-funded, and government-managed labor force designs and builds products to suit an ideology, and then prevents any other alternatives from reaching the consumer, at least in any economical form.
And, like many progressive policies, the burden of funding social change falls on those who can least afford it. Millionaire documentary directors aren't going to notice when gas prices double, but the people who serve his lunch, do his laundry, or wash his hybrid car sure will. It's a recipe for economic misery in which others sacrifice in order to transform this country into his version of the American dream.
Still, this is just fantasy, right? This could never happen in America. Surely the voters would never approve of this lunacy. Would they?
They did. In January, the economic stimulus was approved with an earmark for high-speed rail and plenty of money for public transportation funding. And fuel efficiency standards signed into law by Obama will further limit the types of cars consumers can purchase.
Higher gas taxes would be a tough sell, but if repackaged as environmental taxes and fees targeted at "profiteering" oil and gas companies, the politics change completely. Of course, the effect is the same.
And as for the grand plans for GM's labor force and manufacturing capacity, it seems to fit in nicely with Robert Reich's agenda of creating millions of "green jobs" in order to solve both global warming and unemployment. If painting a roof or a road white is a green job, then why not building a bus stop?
This may be why Michael Moore is "filled with joy," as he writes, by GM's bankruptcy. Now that GM's employees and factories have finally been freed from the yoke of management and the markets, they are ready to serve a higher purpose -- transforming the country to fit the progressive agenda.
I guess you won, Michael. Congratulations, and enjoy your new toy.