Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Michael Moore is not afraid to speak his mind and challenge the status quo. Although I don’t agree with all of his views, I’ve always admired Mr. Moore for having the courage to ask the tough questions and keep people accountable.
His latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, was released last month. On his website, Michael Moore says that the number one question he is constantly asked after people see his movie is, “”OK — so NOW what can I DO?!”
Mr. Moore responded with a 15-point action plan offering real-life solutions that normal everyday people can implement. Many of the solutions encourage people to be politically active, which is fine, but we won’t cover them here. However, 3 of his 15 points have to do with personal finance and personal responsibility, and I couldn’t agree with him more. Here they are:
- Get rid of all your credit cards but one — the kind where you have to pay up at the end of the month or you lose your card.
- Do not invest in the stock market. If you have any extra cash, put it away in a savings account or, if you can, pay down on your mortgage so you can own your home as soon as possible. You can also buy very safe government savings bonds or T-bills. Or just buy your mother some flowers.
- Take care of yourself and your family. Sorry to go all Oprah on you, but she’s right: Find a place of peace in your life and make the choice to be around people who are not full of negativity and cynicism. Look for those who nurture and love. Turn off the TV and the Blackberry and go for a 30-minute walk every day. Eat fruits and vegetables and cut down on anything that has sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour or too much sodium (salt) in it (and, as Michael Pollan says, “Eat (real) food, not too much, mostly plants”). Get seven hours of sleep each night and take the time to read a book a month. I know this sounds like I’ve turned into your grandma, but, dammit, take a good hard look at Granny — she’s fit, she’s rested and she knows the names of both of her U.S. Senators without having to Google them. We might do well to listen to her. If we don’t put our own “oxygen mask” on first (as they say on the airplane), we will be of no use to the rest of the nation in enacting any of this action plan!
To read Michael Moore’s entire 15-point action plan please click here