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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SO I SAW CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY TODAY - SO HOW ABOUT SOME OVERSIGHT OF OUR GOVERNING OFFICIALS?


I wanted to see this film the first week it was out, but I was busy painting my interior trim.

So, I went today at the 4:30 p.m. showing. Okay, it was Tuesday afternoon, but still. There were 3 of us in the 500 seat theatre. Our own private screening, unintentionally. Happens I knew the other two people, although I didn't speak to them. I had met Richard Hatch years ago before he won the first season of Survivor on television, then didn't pay taxes on his winnings, then went to prison, now he is free. I had met his son, before he was Richard's son and before they both went on the Dr. Phil show because Richard was having difficulty raising Chris. I had Chris as a student where I was the music teacher. He was in second grade and in foster care at the time with Boys Town.

They were across the aisle. And a pleasant exchange of a conversation was being had. I just didn't tune into what exactly they were talking about.

Then the movie started.

While walking out of the theatre, I asked the owner how attendance had been for the film and she hesitated and then said the first week was good, but it fell off a bit after that.

Of all the Michael Moore films - and I have seen them all - this is a must see for everyone who cares. About being human. In the USA. I am serious. Michael always has some humor mixed in. But how can you not believe some of the credible people in this movie? I know a lot of people don't like Michael Moore. And I suppose there can be arguments made about him from two sides. But, what is being allowed in this country with our tax money and the foreclosures, job losses and the "little" people is wrong.

Wrong.

Did I say, WRONG?!

If for no other reason, see it and have a reference point about what you can say about it.

Double click the videos and it will take you to a bigger screen.
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Capitalism: A Love Story Trailer
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U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio's 9th district is my favorite person in the movie.

Have you ever heard of the Second Bill of Rights
I admit, I hadn't until Michael Moore talks about it in this movie. You can check it out here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights


The Second Bill of Rights was a proposal made by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944 to suggest that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement, a second bill of rights. Roosevelt did not argue for any change to the United States Constitution; he argued that the second bill of rights was to be implemented politically, not by federal judges. Roosevelt's stated justification was that the "political rights" guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights had "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness." Roosevelt's remedy was to create an "economic bill of rights" which would guarantee:

Roosevelt stated that having these rights would guarantee American security, and that America's place in the world depended upon how far these and similar rights had been carried into practice.

Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union[1]:

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.

We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

The right of every family to a decent home;

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

The right to a good education.

All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.

Lost Footage

Roosevelt's January 11 address was delivered via radio, due to the President's illness at the time. During the last portion dealing with the Second Bill of Rights, he asked news cameras to come in and begin filming for later broadcast. This footage was believed lost until it was uncovered in 2008 in South Carolina by Michael Moore while researching for the film Capitalism: A Love Story.

The footage shows Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights address in its entirety, as well as a shot of the Five Rights printed on a sheet of paper.[2]

The references of the numbers in the text above can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights
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Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann
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imdb lists who is in Capitalism: A Love Story

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About the Auto bail-out
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www.michaelmoore.com

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Tonight the author,
Andrew Ross Sorkin, of Too Big To Fail was making the rounds on television promoting his book. Currently (these videos don't stay up forever) you can see Andrew Ross Sorkin on Charlie Rose: www.charlierose.com

I wonder how much money Andrew Ross Sorkin was paid to write this book. Just watching this guy's face makes me suspicious.

Transcript:
http://www.charlierose.com/download/transcript/10674

Andrew Ross Sorkin is The New York Times’s chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and a columnist. Mr. Sorkin, a leading voice about Wall Street and corporate America, is also the editor of DealBook (nytimes.com/dealbook), an online daily financial report he started in 2001. In addition, Mr. Sorkin is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping guide and shape the paper’s coverage.

Mr. Sorkin, who has appeared on NBC's “Today” show and on “Charlie Rose” on PBS, is a frequent guest host of CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He won a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, in 2004 for breaking news. He also won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader.

Mr. Sorkin began writing for The Times in 1995 under unusual circumstances: he hadn’t yet graduated from high school.

Mr. Sorkin lives in Manhattan.

Source: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/s/andrew_ross_sorkin/index.html

The following is taken from wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Ross_Sorkin

He was embroiled in a controversy when he argued for a government-sponsored bankruptcy for General Motors in a November 18, 2008, Times column. Sorkin wrote: "At General Motors, as of 2007, the average worker was paid about $70 an hour, including health care and pension costs." MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann disputed that figure, calling Sorkin the "World's Worst Person," stating that the figure was "mathematically and intellectually dishonest" because the cited wage includes health and benefit costs paid to retired workers and their surviving spouses, which are unrelated and not paid to current workers.

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Andrew on Chris Matthew's Hardball tonight
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697

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