Michael Moore is at it again. This time, he thinks President Obama should arrest the head of Standard & Poor’s. The corpulent commentator said, in a tweet, “Pres Obama, show some guts & arrest the CEO of Standard & Poor’s. These criminals brought down the economy in 2008& now they will do it again.” I’m a big proponent of free speech, but Moore is making me reconsider my position.
Arrest the head of S&P? Standard & Poor’s may have screwed the pooch on their ratings prior to 2008, but is it criminal? Hard to say without investigation into why they gave those ratings to those derivatives. However, there is no way that downgrading the United States’ credit rating is criminal. After all, I’ve been wondering if it’s not actually incredibly insightful. We are addicted to debt, as a nation, and taking on more will not help up get away from it.
Of course, the idea that Michael Moore isn’t exactly in favor of freedom is hardly groundbreaking. His films have all included statist positions, so the idea that he feels the President can arrest someone because they did something he didn’t like is hardly groundbreaking.
Of course, he’d be applauding the downgrade of a Republican was in power.
The truth is that people like Moore do far more damage to this nation than they actually help anything. He has a right to say what he wants to say, and despite my glib comment earlier to the contrary, I support his right to say it. It still doesn’t change the fact that he’s wrong.
Also on Twitter, Moore linked to a story regarding Italian police raiding S&P and Moody’s offices in that country to insure they were complying with regulations, stating “Here’s how they roll in Italy when it comes to these bastards”. Of course, Italy is screwed nine ways to Sunday right now and probably looking for anything they can to blame it on. But hey, they’re kicking in doors and ready to bust some skulls. As long as it’s a leftist cause reaping the benefits, Moore’s a happy camper.
It’s going to be funny watching how pro-freedom he becomes when the GOP has the White House next.