I posted the following comment on deceivers.com, after reading their article about Michael Moore hiring non-union workers here (awaiting moderation):
Wow, what a bunch of hate-spewing commentators! Gee, are you all so 'great' and Michael Moore is not b/c he hired non-union people to shoot his film? As someone that has worked with several unions and for unions, I say --> SO WHAT?
No one is perfect, and he is by no means perfect. But what he does well is tell a story that so many ignorant buffoons (probably some of you included) had no idea -- that the US medical system is cruel and inhuman and looks like crap compared to Europe or Canada, that Bush & Cheney did some unusual shenanigans around 9/11 (and before after, like lying about Iraq & leaking a secret agent's ID to the news & cheating on the voting machines), that the financial failure was caused by greed, that private corporations are predators upon their workers and their locales of operation, etc etc.
Unlike you idiots, who make fat jokes & think you are making critical commentary, Michael Moore actually is taking action and getting things done. And he never insults people (like Bush Jr) for being idiotic moronic jerks!
So, you are making less than $40 an hour? Well, don't blame the unions! Unions caused labor income to go up, work hours to go down, and profit going to the upper ranks to drop. Paying union labor (or non-union labor, like In&Out Burger, Peets' Coffee, etc) a decent wage and medical coverage does not make require your end-product to be more expensive. It can affect the price, but it doesn't have to.
What makes your products more expensive is excessive executive compensation of $1 million and up (which is more than $20k per week) and large profits going to share-holders.
I agree that some union jobs are overpaid relative to the work done. But so what? How many executives do nothing but sexually harassing employees while being paid $500 per minute? Or hwo about the executives who fail their company and make it go bankrupt while collecting their huge salaries?
Frankly, I don't care if a cop or fireman is paid well, or if the guy screwing the bolts into my car is paid enough to pay attention.
But you FOOLS who blame unions for the USA's financial problems have everything backwards.
Big business (executives, board of directors, & shareholders) want to maximize profit at the expense of labor compensation, seeing it as an unnecessary cost to be minimized. This is why we have sweatshops & child labor & prison labor. Unions want a fair (at least 'livable') wage paid to employees, regardless of what they are doing.
When you insult a worker doing a job like picking fruit or screwing in bolts or cleaning toilets, consider this -- would YOU rather do that job? And secondly, is it such a bad thing that the worker doing that hard job gets enough money that they can feel like they are doing right by their families?
One of the commenters here said they had a college degree -- well good for you! But guess what? It's good for getting you a job where the company won't want to pay you what you are worth, in order to push the profit upwards towards the executives and away from you! And you can whine all you want about workers below you charging too much, but you'll be yelling at the wrong people.
The current financial crises were caused by rich bankers stealing money from middle class & poor people by issuing loans which should have been illegal or at least unacceptable. But instead they were playing with other people's money and they took chances, and lots of people jumped in for the ride. But when the housing values started to drop, the government stepped in and bailed out the richest, not the poorest. Homeowners lose, bankers pocket their money and spend millions on lobbyists to move on & not look back. Zero criminal prosecution for billions of dollars lost by stealing, by negligence, by not doing their jobs of due diligence while pocketing millions of dollars!!!
Guess what? If no one goes to jail for fraud over this, it will happen again! (Have you noticed all those commercial real estate vacancies, by the way?)
And you people want to blame the workers for this?
So if you want to blame and accuse, go after the real criminals. Michael Moore is a great filmmaker (and yes, he uses spin. But so what? Fox is 99% spin and 1% facts, Michael Moore is 5% spin and 95% facts) and story teller, and he is not the powerful 'overlord' whether he has $50mil or $500 mil. He's telling the truth about the people with so much money that htey measure their wealth in the billions, in multiple currencies and assets, and they own the war machine (The Carlyle Group, Haliburton, Bechtel), they own the oil machine (BP is only one of many including Exon, Shell, Texaco, etc), and soon they will own your water.
It upsets these wealthy people to be forced to spend their money on social welfare and social good. They'd rather have the FREEDOM to spend 'their money' as they like. That's why they are fighting taxes and government social spending (social security, medicare, medicaid).
Because the uber-rich don't care if you die young, if you suffer in misery in the street impoverished, if you lose your income in a oil spill or environmental nuclear mistake, if you can't pay your medical insurance, or if you are homeless.
When you have $100 in your pocket and won't give a homeless guy a dime, that is how the ultra-wealthy feel about the working class and the poor people. Who cares, they are just scum anyway! Someone else will deal with it, or maybe that person will just die & leave me alone.
This is why they don't want you to know what is really happening; they want to keep you blind, divided, and conquered. You probably don't know what Smedley Butler did to G. Bush Sr's grandfather, a nazi-supporting banker & fascist, either.
"In November 1934, Butler told the committee [Congress] that a group of businessmen, saying they were backed by a private army of 500,000 ex-soldiers and others, intended to establish a fascist dictatorship." And guess what? Bush now has a private army of Blackwater mercenaries (rebranded Xe Consultants) and other CIA mercenary organizations who don't need American democratic approval b/c they operate under a black budget of drug money and CIA 'secret treasury'.
So if you blame Michael Moore for your woes, you are a FOOL. Blame the Bushes, blame the CIA, blame the uber-rich. Who has killed millions of people, & who is making movies trying to make people wake up?