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Wednesday, 6 May, 2009 7:57 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Moore talks the economy, health care and previews his upcoming film

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Michael Moore addresses the Democratic Club of Taylor at an event hosted by the Michigan Peace Team.

by Michele Kotlarsky
michelek@mac.com

 

WATCH: Michael Moore addresses the Democratic Club of Taylor -- Part Four

WATCH: Michael Moore addresses the Democratic Club of Taylor -- Part Three

WATCH: Michael Moore addresses the Democratic Club of Taylor -- Part Two

TAYLOR, Mich. -- Michael Moore was born in Flint, Mich. In 1954, he went to a Catholic seminary, at 22 years old, he co-founded the Flint Voice muckraking newspaper. In 1989, he put out his first documentary film Roger and Me, in 2002, he got an Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, and in 2003, he put out his masterpiece Fahrenheit 911 about Bush, fear and lies. It premiered at number one at box office opening weekend. In 2007, his movie Sicko came out claiming that Americans are at the bottom for health care access.

Moore has an Emmy award for TV Nation on Fox, was nominated for The Awful Truth, and is a top selling non-fiction writer.

The Michigan Peace Team held a silent auction and featured entertainment before award-winning filmmaker and author Michael Moore took the stage. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger made an announcement about bidding on the auction items before emcee Amy Lange of Fox 2 took the stage. Rev. Peter Dougherty and Kati Garrison of the Michigan Peace Team introduced Moore.

"It's really a homecoming to be here, which has made me even more nervous," the award-winning filmmaker said. "I see so many familiar faces in here."

The reverend introduced Michael Moore, who said that Dougherty was 75 years old and had been a Catholic priest for 45 years, got a standing ovation. There was a teaser from Moore's new documentary and the crowd was the first to see it because the film was just completed last week. The trailer will be released over Memorial Day weekend and the entire film is scheduled to be in theaters in October 2009.

Michael joked about 434 people shook his hand and if anyone else wanted to be exposed to the Swine Flu virus to come shake his hand. He said that 40,000 people died of AIDS this week, so the virus was just another example of the fear mojo that the media puts out there.

"We've come out of these eight years," Moore said, when referring to the end of the Bush administration. "Lillian Hellman once used the term 'scoundrel time'. That's what it's been. It has created such a black mark on the American soul. I've been thinking a lot lately about what it is we need to do to redeem ourselves for what we have done."

Moore told the crowd how he was booed off of the Oscar stage talking about the Presidential crime torturing...when he asked U.S. Congressman John Conyers Jr. earlier about what is happening with these torture crimes, his response was, torturing what about the illegal invasion of another country? Waterboarding should be called drowning. Congressman John D. Dingell left early, Michael lost a bet to him over dinner, and now he was required to sing a song off of a Blackberry karaoke style.

Moore spoke about capitalism and socialism. The film Roger & Me was not about Roger Smith, GM or Flint, Mich. They were just characters in a story. It was a film about unfair, unjust, not the democratic economic system theme which he carries through his other films. What about the heist by the banksters (bank gangsters) the last seven months of this year? The system is turning itself into a beast, he said. Get everyone into debt, credit cards, make them a slave to the system.

"I made the film 20 years ago, this year," said Moore, when speaking about Roger & Me. "I'm really only one person and I've been weighing this decision. I've told my staff that this film that's coming out in October, we have to really just lay it all out there and let the chips fall where they may."

In the Reagan years, the young were in debt for school loans, credit cards, now they are going after the retirees, their pensions, 401K, put your pension in the stock market we will match it (with our stock) and they sucked more money out of people, he said. Two percent of Americans own all of the stock. Another big lie is we will run out of Social Security money. The wealthy do not pay a dime of Social Security tax over $102,000 of their income. Medical -- millions more by people being sick. The beast has an existing stash of money, homes, loans.

"Thank you Delta Airlines for getting me here today," Moore said. "What happened to Northwest? Because the purpose of these businesses is not to make sure we have a freedom of choice of many choices or a chance to barter or negotiate prices we have to pay for goods and services. It's about how can we give them as few choices as possible, who can we merge with, who can we buy out, who can we crush because our goal is to be the only car company, to be the only airline, to be the only newspaper."

There are three things wrong with Capitalism, it is Anti-Jesus, Anti-American and it doesn’t work. The filmmaker said GM created their own demise. They fought everything good for the planet. They opposed rear view mirrors, turn signals, they had to be dragged to create a safe, fuel efficient less polluted vehicle. They laughed at the Japanese. GM makes cars that they are sure won’t last past three years so you have to buy a new one. The Japanese built a sound car that lasts 10 years and will get you to be loyal to them and buying six in your lifetime. He said Americans are ruled by greed and arrogance. GM sued EPA after getting the bail out money!

He proceeded to do the karaoke song promised by Bob Dylan "The Times They Are A Changin'".

 

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Michael Moore with U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr.

 

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Michael Moore speaks with U.S. Representative John Dingell. Attorney Geoffrey Feiger is pictured in the background.

 

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About 450 people showed up for the event inside the Democratic Club of Taylor.

 

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