Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore spoke out last night about the auto industry on CNN’s Larry King Live.
“I’m of mixed mind with this bail out,” Moore said, who doesn’t want to see hundreds of thousands of autoworkers suffer at the hands of these auto makers, but at the same time,“I don’t think that these companies, with these management people, should be given a dime because that’s just money going up in smoke or off to other country.”
Moore sites GM’s building of a $300 million company in St. Petersburg Russia right now to build SUVs. “That’s where your money’s going to go.”Moore’s sees the problem lying with GM’s attitude of, what’ good for General Motors is good for the country– we’ll tell you what to buy and you’ll buy it! Moore believes that auto companies are using as the excuse that the problem isn’t the cars they are building but the current financial situation, which he sees ringing false. “The problem IS the cars that they are building. They never listened to the consumer. They just gone about it their own wrong way,” Moore said. Even though people have concerns with gas mileage, the Big 3 keep building the wrong cars, thus consumers have started to buy from other companies such as Honda.
Moore suggests the solution to the auto industry crisis can be solved in the same way President Roosevelt did during WWII, where President elect Obama and the government need to first use the money to save autoworker jobs, but then they firmly need to hold the reins on these companies and regulate that the money is used to build mass transit and hybrid cars, and then production of unsafe, gas-guzzling vehicles ceases. “We don’t need more crap built by Detroit.”