Michael & Me
Michael Moore is enjoying the last laugh over GM's
Filmmaker and provocateur Moore danced on GM's grave Monday (Stock Quote: GM), posting a letter to readers where he expressed " joy" over GM's demise. Writing from his hometown of Flint, Mich., he was surrounded by "friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town," Moore cranked the schadenfreude up to 10, reveling in the fact that his once powerful nemesis—well, his first nemesis since he has now amassed quite a collection—is now gone.
Clearly there would be no Moore had there been no Roger, and the world would never have discovered the director's talents for raking muck at Wal-Mart
Nevertheless, Moore's ungracious attitude toward his late co-star is not the bone we are picking with the director today. No, the reason we single out his missive as worthy of our dumbest list is his misguided plan for Detroit to manufacture cabooses instead of cars.
In his letter, Moore advises President Obama to act like President Roosevelt did after the attack on Pearl Harbor and "tell the nation that we are at war and we must immediately convert our auto factories to factories that build mass transit vehicles and alternative energy devices."
"Let's hire the unemployed to build the new high speed lines all over the country. Chicago to Detroit in less than two hours. Miami to D.C. in under seven hours. Denver to Dallas in five and a half. This can be done and done now," Moore urges.Whether the Denver/Dallas corridor is a hot market for travelers, we don't know. And Moore does not provide statistics on the matter, so we can only assume he doesn't have a clue either. We are also not sure if he has ever heard of a government-owned railway called Amtrak which is expected to lose $476 million in 2009.
As to whether Moore has the slightest awareness that railway bankruptcies due to overbuilding have been the rule rather than the exception in America from the Civil War through Conrail, well, you'll have to jump on a train to Michigan to ask him.
Better yet, take a flight, it's faster and most likely cheaper.
Dumb-o-meter score: 95 -- Hey Mike, even toymaker Lionel Trains went bankrupt in 2004.