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Michael Moore’s Dumb Ideas About GM (Government Motors)

June 2, 2009

As General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, even left-wing careerist Ralph Nader denounced the bankruptcy petition, calling it “an avoidable, crude weapon of mass devastation for workers, dealers, auto suppliers, small businesses and their depleted communities. For GM’s voiceless owners — the common shareholders — it is a wipeout. “

While the Obama administration hands over a big chunk of GM to its political allies, the United Autoworkers of America, thus giving the workers ownership of the means of production (the textbook definition of socialism), anti-American filmmaker Michael Moore is bursting with dumb ideas about what to do next.

One is to “have bullet trains criss-crossing this country in the next five years.” He says that such trains have been a success in Japan, but leaves out the fact that Japan is tiny (374,744 square kilometers) compared to the U.S. (9,161,923 square kilometers), and that bullet train systems are prohibitively expensive.

Moore also wants the government to “[i]nitiate a program to put light rail mass transit lines in all our large and medium-sized cities. Build those trains in the GM factories. And hire local people everywhere to install and run this system.” Great. More white elephant mass transit that Americans hate and won’t use. Think of Amtrak multiplied, say, a hundred times.

Some of the other ideas to spout from Moore’s head include producing expensive “or all-electric cars (and batteries),” using empty GM factories to make “windmills, solar panels and other means of alternate forms of energy,” and imposing “a two-dollar tax on every gallon of gasoline.”

While the powers-that-be may not be listening to Moore specifically, they are definitely listening to special interests that support the same kinds of boondoggles he wants to force down Americans’ throats.

Meanwhile, Communist defector Ion Mihai Pacepa recalls in the Wall Street Journal his days as “car” czar in Communist Romania. The subtitle of the op-ed is, “History shows government and automobile manufacturing don’t mix.”

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