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Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Kick 'em while they're down. This is probably the start of Michael Moore's next movie: The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is withdrawing most of the $1.3 million in Community Development Block Grants for Flint, saying they didn't file paperwork on time. If you've seen Moore's films "Roger and Me" and "The Big One" then you know that Flint has been devastated in the last twenty years by the departure of most of the General Motors factories in the city. GM moved the plants not because they weren't making money in Flint, but because they could make even more in Tennessee, Texas, Mexico, and elsewhere with cheap non-union labor. These moves have been aided and abetted by the "free-trade" policies of the Reagan, Clinton, and both Bush administrations, with no regard for the well-being of the people of Flint. Now the small amount of Federal aid to the many poor people in Flint is being cut. Compassionate conservative, my ashcroft.