Back from our short vacation

Yesterday we spent the day biking in Nantucket with my friend Michael, who picked up and sold his gallery in Portland and moved here with one small bag about a month ago. He’s already got a great job, a place to live, and as he said: “I’m working all the time yet it feels like I’m on vacation, because I go to the beach every day.” Nantucket really does feel like that.

But I’m back “in America” now, and we’re going to see Farenheit 911 today.

This seems to be widely distributed, in various forms. I found it posted on Moby’s blog:
A Little Perspective

To get some perspective, here are some real-life comparisons about what $87 billion means:

$87 Billion is enough to pay the 3.3 million people who have lost jobs under George W. Bush $26,363.00 each! The unemployment benefits extension passed by Congress at the beginning of this year provides zero benefits to workers who exhausted their regular, state unemployment benefits and cannot find work [Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities].

$87 Billion is more than double the total amount the government spends on Homeland Security. The U.S. spends about $36 billion on homeland security. Yet, Sen. Warren Rudman (R- N.H.) wrote, America will fall approximately $98 .4 billion short of meeting critical emergency responder needs for homeland security without a funding increase. [Source: Council on Foreign Relations].

$87 Billion is 87 times the amount the Federal Government spends on After School Programs. George W. Bush proposed a budget that reduces the $1 billion for after-school programs to $600 million cutting off about 475,000 children from the program. [Source: The Republican dominated House Appropriations Committee].

$87 Billion is more that 10 times what the Government spends on all environmental Protection. The Bush administration requested just $7.6 billion for the entire Environmental Protection Agency. This included a 32 percent cut to water quality grants, a 6 percent reduction in enforcement staff, and a 50 percent cut to land acquisition and conservation. [Source: Natural Resources Defense Council].

There you go. In black and white. A few million of you will receive this letter. Please share the above with at least a half-dozen people today and tomorrow. I, like you, do not want to see another approval rating over 50 percent.

Yours,
Michael Moore
Filmmaker

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~ by realsupergirl on June 27, 2004.

2 Responses to “Back from our short vacation”

  1. tell me what you thought about the movie!

  2. It was good. very intense and disturbing.

    It was funny at points, which made it easier to watch, but this also kind of disturbed me, because in content it really isn’t remotely funny.

    Some very disturbing facts about the manipulation and abuses of power committed by George Bush and Co were revealed.

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