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Michael Moore Gets It Wrong Again

In addition to his other crimes against the arts, Michael Moore has published a column on the website “CommonDreams.org.” In this column, after calling anyone who disagrees with him hateful, spiteful, racist, and anti-American, he advocates that the lame duck session of Congress passes some, if not all, of the 420 bills passed by the House since January 2009. Among the bills he wants to see passed are these, listed by his cute monikers:

• The “Give Mom a Raise Act,” officially known as the “Paycheck Fairness Act,” which addresses pay gaps between men and women.

• The “Don’t Amputate Our Feet Act,” aka the “Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention Access and Care Act of 2009.”

• The “Pay Up, BP Act,” aka the “Audit the BP Fund Act.”

• The “Stop Foreigners From Hitting Grandma Act,” aka the “Elder Abuse Victims Act.”

• The “Let’s Try Not to Destroy Planet Earth Act” (aka Cap and Trade, a lousy half-way measure to begin with, but about the best you can expect from you Democrats these days).

• The “National Bombing Prevention Act” (it’s actually already called that, which is hard to improve on).

Parenthetical comments are all his, by the way.

I’m impressed. Moore certainly has a wide range of things he wants done. Notably absent is any mention of extending the current tax structure or dealing with the national debt or deficit, however. So let’s take a look at the cost of some of these bills.

Based on estimates from a variety of sources, most notably the Congressional Budget Office, these bills alone would cost about 16 billion dollars a year for the next ten years, for a total of roughly 150 billion dollars. And that doesn’t even cover the cost of some of his other pet projects that he wants the senate to vote on, like extending emergency unemployment benefits, or passing the DREAM act, the DISCLOSE act, or the Employee Free Choice Act.

Granted, 15 billion is small potatoes when the deficit for the year is 1.4 trillion, but as one famous Senator said, a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money. Of course, Michael Moore has no problem spending your bucks. And, perhaps, that’s the real reason people object to these bills. Faced with record debts, and ever growing deficits, people have finally realized that when you’re drowning in debt, you have to stop the outflow.

There’s another reason to oppose some of these bills, as well. Congressional power was just realigned, with the incoming Congress significantly different from the outgoing one. The voters, i.e., me and you, sent a message that we wanted change in the way things got done, as well as what got done. Wouldn’t it be anti-democratic, to use a favorite approach of the left, to allow a group that was thrown out of office to continue to thwart the will of the electorate?

There’s one more reason to oppose some of these bills, and that’s what they do. For example, the bill to eliminate disparities in diabetes treatment, does no such thing. It only requires that the Secretary of HHS make reports to congress about how minorities are treated for diabetes. We all know the reasons to oppose “cap and trade” by now. Even if the only negative was the 1500 dollars per month it will cost the average family, that would be reason enough to oppose it. The paycheck fairness act, in addition to being very costly and a sop to the trial lawyers, addresses a problem that doesn’t really exist. If a business could hire an equivalent worker for 78 percent of other worker’s pay, they would, yes? And that would depress the wages of all job seekers to that level, no? Absent any collusion, the net effect of sex-based wage disparity would be to equalize wages at the lower level. But that hasn’t happened, and the reason must be something other than mere sex-based differences, which this bill does nothing to fix.

So, Michael Moore gets it wrong again. Not surprising coming from the author of “Bowling for Columbine,” and the eponymous “Stupid White Men.” Michael Moore has an axe to grind, and he refuses to let truth, logic, or common sense get in his way.

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