In retrospect, it’s taken progressive celebrity Michael Moore an awfully long time to insert himself into the political shenanigans taking place in Wisconsin, but now that the millionaire moviemaker has found the time to reach Madison, he’s making himself heard amidst all the union-busting noise, as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal:
Protesters in Madison have “aroused a sleeping giant” in the national fight for workers’ rights, filmmaker Michael Moore told thousands at the Capitol Square on Saturday, as rallies opposing Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals wrapped up their third week.
“Right now the Earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge,” said Moore, the Oscar-winning maker of “Bowling for Columbine,” whose documentaries also include “Fahrenheit 911″ and “Capitalism: A Love Story.”
“America is not broke … Wisconsin is not broke,” Moore said. “The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers.”
Police estimated the crowd at 30,000 to 40,000, less than the past two Saturdays. Moore urged those gathered not to retreat. “You are not alone,” he said. “America is with you.”
As people inside and outside of the Capitol continued to speak out against Walker’s plan to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for most public employees, their messages took on a broader scope in response to last week’s release of the governor’s budget for the next two years.
Walker says major changes are needed to close a $137 million gap in this year’s budget and a $3.6 billion deficit over the next two years.
Librarians, nurses and artists drew attention to proposed cuts in the biennial budget that could affect them…
[continues in the Wisconsin State Journal]