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Michael Moore in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo: AP. Michael Moore in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo: AP.  

Michael Moore: ‘Drive the rich right off their fiscal cliff’

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Liberal film director Michael Moore has big plans for President Barack Obama’s second term, he just needs Obama to hear him out.

In an open letter to the president, Moore congratulates Obama on the recent victory and lays out his vision for the president’s second term — a left-wing wish list, shunning compromise and taking it to the rich.

“This was truly another historic election and I would like to take a few minutes of your time to respectfully ask that your second term not resemble your first term,” Moore writes, noting that he does not want to see Wall Street “darlings” running the economy and wants Obama to “fight” to resolve the issues still on the table.

“Your fellow citizens have spoken and we have rejected the crazed ideology of this Republican Party and we insist that you forcefully proceed in bringing about profound change that will improve the lives of the 99 percent,” Moore writes. “We’re done hoping. We want real change. And if we can’t get it in the second term of a great and good man like you, then really — what’s the use? Why are we even bothering? Yes, we’re that discouraged and disenchanted.”

According to Moore, so far he likes what he has seen — “At your first post-election press conference last Wednesday you were on fire….MORE OF THAT!! PLEASE!!” — but he does not want to see compromise, and instead wants swift moves to the left, including driving the “RICH RIGHT OFF THEIR FISCAL CLIFF.”

“The ‘fiscal cliff’ is a ruse, an invention by the right and the rich, to try and keep their huge tax breaks. On December 31, let ALL the tax cuts expire,” he writes. “Then, on January 1, put forth a bill that restores the tax cuts for 98 percent of the public. I dare the Republicans to vote against that! They can’t and they won’t.”

“As for the spending cuts, the 2011 agreement states that, for every domestic program dollar the Republicans want to cut, a Pentagon dollar must also be cut. See, you are a genius! No way will the right vote against the masters of war. And if by some chance they do, you can immediately put forth legislation to restore all the programs we, the majority, approve of,” he added, continuing that Obama must make Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid “untouchable” and simply tax the rich to keep the programs solvent through 2080.

Moore’s litany continues with nine more requests, headed in capital letters, including: “END ALL THE WARS NOW… END THE DRUG WAR… DECLARE A MORATORIUM ON HOME FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS… GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS… EXPAND OBAMACARE… RESTORE GLASS-STEAGALL [banking regulation]… REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT… FREE BRADLEY MANNING… ASK US TO DO SOMETHING.”