Roger & Me: 20 Odd Years Later Tuesday June 2, 2009

I know there’s a slew of people who read c.t.overdrive that are not Michael Moore fans. And I’m not going to say I’m die-hard supporter, but for a documentary film maker out of Flint, Michigan he’s sure made a pretty big name for himself.

If you’ve managed to crawl out from under your rock over the past few months, then you’ll know that GM is in trouble. So much so that they filed for Bankruptcy yesterday. In a somewhat fitting move, Michael Moore has posted a neat little list of ideas to revamp GM. Yes, they are radical and I doubt even Obama’s administration would be able to implement them. But the interesting part, comes from the perspective of a man who owes his fame and public persona to a documentary which vilified the corporate principles which ultimately brought around GM’s own downfall.

Beginning in the 1980s, when GM was posting record profits, it moved countless jobs to Mexico and elsewhere, thus destroying the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans. The glaring stupidity of this policy was that, when they eliminated the income of so many middle class families, who did they think was going to be able to afford to buy their cars? History will record this blunder in the same way it now writes about the French building the Maginot Line or how the Romans cluelessly poisoned their own water system with lethal lead in its pipes.

It’s a bit radical, but it’s a neat little read.

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