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Was Ayn Rand correct? Is Atlas shrugging?

The U.S. economy is crumbling. Businesses are collapsing in record numbers. Jobs have disappeared. Tax revenues are down dramatically. Coincidence?

Everything happening today under Obama resembles the storyline of Ayn Rand’s famous book, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most popular books of all time, selling over 7 million copies. Now, under President Obama, Atlas Shrugged has come to life. Rand prophesized a country dominated by socialists, Marxists and statists, where looters, free loaders and poverty promoters live off the productive class. To rationalize the fleecing of innovative business owners and job creators, the looter class demonized the wealthy, just as Obama and his socialist cabal are doing in real life today.

The central plot of Atlas Shrugged is that in response to being demonized, over-taxed, over-regulated, and punished for success, America’s business owners were disappearing — dropping off the grid, and refusing to work 16-hour days to support those unwilling to put in the same blood, sweat and tears. They were going on strike. Because of that the original proposed title of “Atlas Shrugged” was “The Strike.”

They were going on strike to teach that civilization cannot survive when people are slaves to government. That without a productive class of innovative business owners willing to risk their own money and work 16-hour days, weekends and holidays, there are no jobs and no taxes to pay for government. If you punish the wealthy, the risk-takers, the innovators, you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. In Obama’s America, fiction is becoming fact.

The lesson of Atlas Shrugged is that without the $100,000+ earners paying into Social Security, there are no pensions for the poor and lower middle class. Without the wealthy owners of million-dollar mansions paying $25,000 and $50,000 annual property tax bills, there is no funding for public schools. Without the wealthy paying into Medicare, there is no “free” healthcare for the elderly. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no discoveries to eradicate polio or create miraculous cancer and AIDS drugs. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no jobs, period! That is what happens when the producers of society go on strike to protect themselves from the looters.

Ayn Rand was warning the looters that there are consequences to their overzealous actions. She was warning that if the productive classes felt used, demonized, ripped off, and taken for granted, they would go on strike — stop working, retire early, go underground, or move to places where achievement is celebrated and they feel appreciated.

The latest U.S. Census proves Ayn Rand right. Under Obama the wealthy are striking, voting with their feet. They are moving to low-tax red states in droves, escaping from high-tax blue states where they are being demonized and punished by the millions.

The Census proves that Obama’s tax and spend philosophy is a dismal failure, an economic disaster killing jobs. It is no coincidence that 1.9 million FEWER Americans are working than before Obama’s stimulus. It is no coincidence that jobs are not returning to the private sector. It is no coincidence that tax revenues have dropped dramatically and cannot support Obama’s bloated Big Brother government. The innovators, risk-takers, and wealthy he demonized and punished are on strike.

The high tech revolution has killed the progressive-liberal tax-and-spend dream. Because of the Internet, email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Satellite TV, I-phones, I-pads, and cell phones, business owners are no longer prisoners of Big Brother. Take a look at states where the latest Census shows Americans moved during the past decade: Nevada, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, Virginia — all low- or no-tax red states, states that lead the USA in economic freedom.

Now look at states they escaped from: New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan. Taxpayers, business owners, jobs creators, retirees with assets are fleeing the high tax, big spending, Big Brother states — the states being run like Obama is running the nation.

Progressives be afraid, be very afraid. If Obama is re-elected, these valuable producers will pick up and leave America altogether. There is a big world out there begging them to come. Places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Monte Carlo, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Bahamas, and Cayman Islands are low-tax havens that appreciate business owners and their sacrifices. They welcome wealthy ex-patriots. They celebrate individual achievement. They reward instead of punish business owners and financial risk-takers. They are wonderful places to live and are aggressively pursuing Americans.

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Asked by Carpy at 5:26 PM on Jun. 24, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 5:26 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Yup, the economy has never had troubles at any other point in history. Just these last few years. How could one single person make things so terrible?

    Answer by Ludvik_Smith at 5:31 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • GREED-

    It will be our downfall-

    Answer by Sisteract at 5:37 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Nope, Atlas has been replaced by greedy people out for only their own good, NOT out to make the world a better place and create fabulous faster trains and better steel, but to trade junk bonds and sell us things we don't need through marketing everywhere. To get richer than rich, not to do a better job.

    I don't know that stimulus would help at all. I would suggest that someone, somewhere trying to make or do something great or useful would be helpful. And I don't see that on either party's platform.

    There are faults on both sides. But assigning blame is what gets us in this trouble in the first place, and even though we all do it, well, that's what our politicians are doing and half our "business leaders" and union leaders. So busy talking and blaming, so not busy with solutions. I don't actually have any either- no cure for cancer, no great new invention. My only virtue is that I'm a hard worker and very useful. Shrug, hmm.

    Answer by Tracys2 at 5:53 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • But assigning blame is what gets us in this trouble in the first place

    Not assigning it is what gets us in trouble. Free passes need to end.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 6:26 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • – collapse
    Anything that comes from that Breitbart site is just hateful and the author of this is so so so anti-American its crazy. He suggets that people are getting ready to leave America and live in another country, at the end of his diatribe. Obama has made mistakes but when some loony starts talking about "leaving America" and decides Ayn Rand is right ....well, that's just pathetic.

    Answer by minnesotanice at 7:29 PM on Jun. 24, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • We all know Ayn Rand is the bible of the extreme right From Ron Paul to Alan Greenspan with his fetish for deregulation which has got us into this mess in the first place . It has been the rush into the ' liberalising ' of the financial markets which has caused the recession , nothing to do with the extreme right's paranoid bogeymen of marxists, liberals and progressives all working together in a massive conspiracy to ruin America . They enot in power then and they are not in power now . Obama is very much a typical middle-of-the road Democrat President .

    On the contrary , the rich have never had it so good with the lowest tax rates in decades and accumilating more wealth while the middle classes and the poor are seeing no improvements in their standards of living and probably when the next data on real income come out , it will show declines . And tax havens are a loophole which should be closed.

    Answer by janet116 at 7:46 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Good thing you are a CANADIAN, Janet

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 7:50 PM on Jun. 24, 2011


    Carpy, Tracys2 is exactly right. Pointing fingers is a huge part of the problem and a waste of time. Eyes that will not see and ears that will not hear are NOT part of any viable solution; are nothing more than a distraction.


    Answer by Sisteract at 7:51 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • fetish for deregulation which has got us into this mess in the first place

    What deregulation?

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 7:51 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

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