10/31/11, "Payne: Occupy Michael Moore," Henry Payne, Detroit News, MichiganView.com
"The Occupy Wall Street movement protesting fat cats who get special breaks from government has embraced as their spokesman
- a fat cat who gets special breaks from government.
Flint's Michael Moore was welcomed at Occupy Oakland last week as a hero.
This is the same One Percenter - his conspicuous wealth includes a sprawling mansion on Torch Lake and a swanky pad at 200 Park Avenue in New York - who received a $1 million Michigan government handout to
- make his anti-One Percenter movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story."
"I'm saying that we do not have a complete democracy if the economy is not a democracy," Moore told CNN in 2009 in denouncing the same special interest tax breaks that he took from Michigan. "(Corporations) think the one percent, the richest one percent should be calling all the shots, should be buying the politicians, making the decisions."
Then again, maybe Moore's hypocrisy is a perfect symbol for the confused Occupy movement. The film-maker rallied the crowd in front of Oakland City Hall by urging them to expand their protests to leafy suburbs like Oakland's middle-class Walnut Creek.
"That's where all the money is, right?" he said.
Actually, Torch Lake is where the money is. Moore's pad there is worth an estimated $5 million. In addition to taxpayer subsidies, Moore's wealth comes from multinational corporations like Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment - a subsidiary of Sony that distributes his film, Fahrenheit 9/11 (box office gross: $222 million), on DVD.
We look forward to the Occupy Torch Lake protest in Michigan."