Happy f*ckin' Labor Day! I read this week that -- according to a new book by Steven Rattner, your administration's former "Car Czar" -- during White House meetings about how to save the tens of thousands of jobs that would be lost if GM and Chrysler collapsed, your response was, "f*ck the UAW!"
Now, I can't believe you actually said that. Maybe Rattner got confused because you drop a lot of F-bombs, or maybe your assistant was trying to order lunch and you said (to Rattner) "f*ck you" and then to your assistant "A&W, no fries."
Or maybe you did mean f*ck the UAW. If so, let me give you a little f*cking lesson (a lesson I happen to know because my f*cking uncle was in the sit-down strike that founded the f*cking UAW).
Before there were unions, there was no middle class. Working people didn't get to send their kids to college, few were able to own their own f*cking home, nobody could take a f*cking day off for a funeral or a sick day or they might lose their f*cking job.
Then working people organized themselves into unions. The bosses and the companies f*cking hated that. In fact, they were often overheard to say, "f*ck the UAW!!!" That's because the UAW had beaten one of the world's biggest industrial corporations when they won their battle on February 11, 1937, 44 days after they'd taken over the GM factories in Flint. Inspired by their victory, workers struck almost every other f*cking industry, and union after union was born. Had World War II not begun and had FDR not died, there would have been an economic revolution that would have given everyone --everyone-- a f*cking decent life.
Nonetheless labor unions did create a middle class for the majority (even companies that didn't have unions were forced to pay at or near union wages in order to attract a workforce) and that middle class built a great country and a good life. You see, Rahm, when people earn a f*cking good wage, they spend it on stuff, which then creates more good paying jobs, and then the middle class grows f*cking big. Did you know that back when I was a kid if you had a parent making a union wage, only one parent had to work?! And they were home by 3 or 4pm, 5:30 at the latest! We had dinner together! Dad had four weeks paid vacation. We all had free health and dental care. And anyone with decent grades went to college and it didn't f*cking bankrupt them. (And if you ever used the F-word, the nuns would straighten you out in ways that even you couldn't bear to hear about).
Then a Republican fired all the air traffic controllers, a Democrat gave us NAFTA and millions of jobs were moved overseas (hey, didn't you work in that White House, too? "f*ck the UAW, baby!"). Unions got scared and beaten down, a frat boy became president and, like a drunk out of control, spent all our f*cking money and our children's money, too. f*ck.
And now your assistant's grandma has to work at f*cking McDonald's. Ask her for pictures of what the middle class life used to look like. It was effing cool! I'll bet grandma doesn't say "f*ck the UAW!"
Hey, don't get me wrong, Rahm. I f*cking like you. You single-handedly got the House returned to the Dems in 2006. But you and your boss better do something f*cking quick to put people back to work. How 'bout making it a crime to take an American job and move it out of the country? In other words, treat it as if It were a f*cking national treasure like you would if someone stole the Declaration of Independence out of the National Archives or some poacher stole eggs out of the nest of an America bald eagle.
Or how 'bout arresting some of those Wall Street guys who f*cking stole our money, the money that ran the American economy. Now that would take some f*cking guts.
And maybe, just maybe, that one act of real guts might save your ass come November 2nd.
Oh, I can just hear you now: "f*ck Michael Moore!" No problem. But f*ck the UAW? How 'bout if I just leave off the 'A' and the 'W'?
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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