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From BP Oil Spill to Goldman Sachs Wall Street Crime, Michael Moore Nails It

Oscar Winner Michael Moore Oscar Winner Michael Moore

Jim Daly and Nigel Salazar

Take a look at the BP oil spill, the Goldman Sachs bonus boys refusing to apologize as they pocket our tax money, and all the other shady corporate criminals robbing us blind. What’s the connection? Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore more than nails it- he calls it before it happens.

Consider Moore’s latest film…2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story. There’s Moore telling you not just how America has been sold to BP, Goldman Sachs and other high rollers, but why they did it and who in government is in cahoots with them.

In Moore’s catalogue of controversial films, he exposes corporate greedheads, corrupt politicians, and government malfeasance.

Indeed, Moore produced four of the Top 10 highest-grossing documentaries: Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, the Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine, and his latest, Capitalism: A Love Story.

Capitalism captures Moore at his muckraking best—wearing his trademark baseball hat and windbreaker, taking on smug corporate criminals and spineless double-talking politicians, while showing you (in often heart-rending fashion) how politics, corporations and American capitalist culture crushes everyday citizens.

Moore has written seven books and directed 10 movies and shows little sign of slowing.

When Rosebud spoke to him in San Francisco, he was engaged in a whirlwind of activity: screening Capitalism, speaking at a public affairs forum, engaging in deep discussions with fans as he walked from venue to venue, holding a rally downtown, offering free lunches to bankers lazing around the waterfront during their midday break.

As Moore speaks in front of several hundred fans in San Francisco’s Union Square, he squints into the midday sun and points to shiny glass-covered skyscrapers that line the west end of the open square. Some of the biggest financial firms in the country have offices in these soaring buildings.

“These people are criminals,” he says, wagging a finger at the corporate towers. “These bankers—Wells Fargo and Bank of America and Wall Street—have pulled off the biggest heist in the history of this country, and it was facilitated and enabled by Congress, including members of the Democratic Party. If they get away with this, they can get away with anything.”

Moore is referring to the federal bailout program hurriedly negotiated by the Bush administration and Congressional leaders in the fall of 2008. Obama has continued the program.

It calls for the government to hand out hundreds of billions of dollars…allegedly because the government “has” to buy distressed mortgages so banks wouldn’t collapse and potentially send the American economy into a deep, dark economic depression.

But that was just the cover story, Moore explains. Fact is, the bailout is a money transfer scam in which we foot the bill for cleaning up the costly mess created by financiers who manipulated mysterious financial products such as mortgage-backed securities and credit-default swaps.

You need to see Capitalism to really get the revolving door, buddies in bed relationship between our government and Wall Street. You’ll also see the heartbreak that this clandestine collusion causes for your fellow Americans.

Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, for instance, was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and did nothing useful to stop the financial crisis. Some say he even profited from it.

Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson (Treasury secretaries under Clinton and Bush, respectively) served in leadership positions at Goldman Sachs.

When Moore exposes the incestuous connections between Wall Street, the White House and Congress, you have a sinking feeling that there’s no way us regular folks can ever take our country back.

But Moore wants you to fight back.

“The only way we’re going to be able to turn things around is through mass action,” he says emphatically. “Democracy is not a spectator sport. It’s a participatory event, and it doesn’t exist unless we participate. ”

So when you feel disillusioned about BP, the oil spill, Goldman Sachs, Wall Street and the plight of our country, take a look at Capitalism: A Love Story, and see the courageous people Moore’s film profiles. They learned how to make democracy into a sport you play to win!

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