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Michael Moore Says in Wisconsin Speech That America Isn't Broke; Do You Agree? [POLL]

Mar 7, 2011 – 11:52 AM
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Torie Bosch Contributor

Remember Michael Moore?

The documentarian who scored hits with "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine" has kept a relatively low profile recently. But this weekend, he engaged in some pro-union rabble-rousing.

The pro-labor provocateur (and bete noire of the right) stopped by the Wisconsin capitol building in Madison to deliver a speech to the protesters who have been battling Gov. Scott Walker over legislation that would curtail union power in the state.

Walker argues that the legislation, which would end collective bargaining rights for public sector unions, is necessary to alleviate a $3.6 billion budget deficit. And, referring to the nation, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly said, "We're broke."

But in his Saturday speech, Moore argued, "Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich."

Do you think Moore is right? Vote in our poll below.

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