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6. EXPAND OBAMACARE. Your health care law doesn't cover everyone. It is a cash cow for the insurance industry. Push for a single-payer system -- Medicare for All -- and include dentistry and mental health. This is the single biggest thing you could do to reduce the country's deficit.

7. RESTORE GLASS-STEAGALL. You must put back all the rigid controls on Wall Street that Reagan, Clinton and the Bushes removed -- or else we face the possibility of another, much worse, crash. If they break the law, prosecute them the way you currently go after whistleblowers and medical marijuana dispensaries.

8. REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT. No 22-year-old should have to enter the real world already in a virtual debtors' prison. This is cruel and no other democracy does this like we do. You were right to eliminate the banks as the profit-gouging lenders, but now you have to bring us back to the days when you and I were of college age and a good education cost us little or next to nothing. A few less wars would go a long to way to being able to afford this.

9. FREE BRADLEY MANNING. End the persecution and prosecution of an American hero. Bush and Cheney lied to a nation to convince us to go to war. Manning allegedly hacked the war criminals' files and then shared them with the American public (and the world) so that we could learn the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan. Our history is full of such people who "break the law" for the greater good of humanity. Army Specialist Bradley Manning deserves a medal, not prison.

10. ASK US TO DO SOMETHING. One thing is clear: none of the above is going to happen if you don't immediately mobilize the 63,500,000 who voted for you (and the other 40 million who are for you but didn't vote). You can't go this alone. You need an army of everyday Americans who will fight alongside you to make this a more just and peaceful nation. In your 2008 campaign, you were a pioneer in using social media to win the election. Over 15 million of us gave you our cell numbers or email addresses so you could send us texts and emails telling us what needed to be done to win the election. Then, as soon as you won, it was as if you hit the delete button. We never heard from you again. (Until this past year when you kept texting us to send you $25. Inspiring.) Whoever your internet and social media people were should have been given their own office in the West Wing -- and we should have heard from you. Constantly. Need a bill passed? Text us and we will mobilize! The Republicans are filibustering? We can stop them! They won't approve your choice for Secretary of State? We'll see about that! You say you were a community organizer. Please -- start acting like one.

The next four years can be one of those presidential terms that changed the course of America. I'm sure you will want to be judged on how you stood up for us, restored the middle class, ended the s***ting on the poor and made us a friend to the rest of the world instead of a threat. You can do this. We can do it with you. All that stands in the way is your understandable desire to sing "Kumbaya" with the Republicans. Don't waste your breath. Their professed love of America is negated by their profound hatred of you. Don't waste a minute on them. Fix the sad mess we're in. Go back and read this month's election results. We're with you.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com
@MMFlint
MichaelMoore.com

P.S. President Obama -- my cell number to text me at is 810-522-8398 and my email is MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com. I await my first assignment!

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Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American film director, author, and social commentator. He is widely known for his outspoken, critical views on globalization, large corporations, gun violence, the Iraq War, and the George W. Bush administration. (more...)
 
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Obama wants to sing kumbayah with the corporations... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 9:58:47 AM
sounds like your giving him the wrong role in that... by zon moy on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:58:27 AM
Michael, please get the smelling salts. You're del... by 911TRUTH on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:55:28 AM
The only so-called tax cut for the middle class is... by Don Hall on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 12:11:22 PM
They're using the 2% SS payroll tax deduction to c... by 911TRUTH on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 12:40:37 PM
My Michael Moore Respect-o-Meter is at an all time... by Don Caldarazzo on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:52:31 AM
Read the FairTax book: Any tax cut you think helps... by Don Hall on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 12:33:52 PM
who do you think buys more of the percentage of th... by zon moy on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:39:58 PM
Under the FairTax, every citizen receives a rebate... by Don Hall on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 10:04:36 PM
we really should acknowledge that Michael Moore an... by Gentry L Rowsey on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 1:49:58 PM
when one remembers to whom Moore is writing.  ... by Robert S. Becker on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:59:50 PM
have a nasty habit of betraying us for their 30 pi... by zon moy on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 6:00:23 PM
evaluation of the situation, zon moy.... by Gentry L Rowsey on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 5:57:07 AM
Did michael moore get his tongue far enough up Pre... by Mrt Baggins on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:46:00 PM
Michael: Great letter! I hope to heaven he reads i... by Will Park on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:49:31 PM
Great letter, let us hope.... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:01:24 AM
Loved the letter. So unlike many other comments po... by Lynda Martin on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 5:01:57 PM
I absolutely agree. I loved the letter too. Now m... by E. T. SIMON on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 4:26:30 AM
What is this? Public butt kissing? Get a room.... by Peter Pan on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 5:35:43 PM
Florida's second largest hospital chain ORMC is no... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 7:10:25 PM
What you would like for health care.... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:13:20 AM
Not much new here but Moore is as always a good ad... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 8:55:43 PM
Shoot the messenger instead of debating the issues... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 10:40:53 PM
Talk is cheap, work is tough.... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:03:59 AM
Hey Michael Moore, if you wanted this, you should ... by Samson on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:44:13 PM
Samson -- OK, suppose those of us who read this li... by LinearBob on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:03:38 AM
about Gaza, write to Netanyahu.... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:05:27 AM
Thank you Michael for these hands-on items if advi... by H. Bridget on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:42:56 AM
I loved your letter Mi... by David Brittain on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 6:39:25 AM
I loved your letter Mi... by David Brittain on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 6:41:59 AM
And new American and I used to admire Britain in m... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:11:57 AM
I sympathise with your distress and was not holdin... by David Brittain on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 5:46:20 AM
Quite a few leaders and government have done wrong... by BFalcon on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 9:08:23 AM
Dear Michael, Perhaps you have failed to noti... by John Moffett on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 8:41:03 AM
The massive use of fossil fuels are heating up our... by Philip Pease on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 11:51:09 AM
The only thing missing is a national effort to blo... by Herbert Calhoun on Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 4:52:06 PM
2 cents worth before my three days expire: for at ... by Gentry L Rowsey on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 6:02:33 AM
... by Nick Hentoff on Thursday, Nov 22, 2012 at 7:25:16 PM