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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:59 AM
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Michael Moore on Right's Blame-The-Victim Reasoning on Housing: 'What Skirt Were They Wearing?'
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"The number one reason for bankruptcies in the United States is medical bills ... I don't think even what I put with Elizabeth Warren here in this film does her justice. I have a whole hour that she gave me." Michael Moore

Learn more about Elizabeth Warren's research into bankruptcy at
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontli ...

Wanting more people running things like Elizabeth Warren at
http://www.michaelmoore.com

Sound is a little low, so TURN IT UP!

HUFFINGTON: O.K. I just have three other really quick questions and we'll open it up. One of them is about the heroes in the movie - the sheriff who won't let people be thrown out of their homes, I really love this guy. But my absolute favorite heroine, actually, is Elizabeth Warrren. And Elizabeth Warren, for me, just sums up someone who is in a position of power, and yet, has not in the slightest sense been co-opted or corrupted - this Harvard professor, unimpeachable, who is the chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee... of the bailout. I mean, that's a real position of power in Washington. And she also has that gift of being a storyteller. The way in your interview - her narrative, the way she puts everything together. I'm so happy you have her in your movie, because I hope that more people will come to know her and her voice will be amplified.

MOORE: Thank you. I agree. I actually filmed her for SiCKO, and just couldn't quite figure out where to put it and so she ended up on the cutting room floor. And she was gracious enough to talk to me again for this film. During SiCKO, she had just completed a study for Harvard about the No. 1 reason for bankruptcies in the United States are medical bills and the No. 1 cause of foreclosures are medical bills. So while you hear on CNBC all this talk and these other people who are on the other side of the political fence - 'Well, this whole mess was caused by people living beyond their means and taking out these loans they shouldn't have been taking out and blah, blah, blah...'

I mean, how often have you heard in the last year that, actually, the No. 1 reason for people being foreclosed upon is they don't have health insurance and they've been paying medical bills and now they can't pay their mortgage? That's the No. 1 reason. Have you heard that discussed at all on these gabfests and on the op/ed pages?

It's always try to let's blame the victim. What did this person do to lose their home? What skirt were they wearing to cause this? I mean, it's really... It's that. it has that tone to it, of what did this victim do to bring it upon themselves.


I don't think even, when I put Elizabeth Warren in here, even in this film, that it does her justice, because I have a whole hour that she gave me, and let's face it, a lot of people on Capitol Hill don't want to talk to me, and turn the other way when... but she was very open. But they won't give her the information. The Treasury Department still will not tell her what the banks are doing with our money, what they've done with it. There's no accountability whatsoever.

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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:17 AM
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1. Elizabeth Warren is own of our heroes. K & R nt
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