A Hope, and a Future

A Hope, and a Future

Back in early 2009, I wrote a post in which I declared my intention to “go Galt” meaning reduce our household income enough and consequently reduce the amount of taxes my family pays. The post struck a chord with a lot of people. It was Instalanched and Malkalanched and linked by many others. I was invited on several national radio and TV shows. (The radio shows I did, the TV, I declined.) At one time I was a small business owner; I employed people, and I paid a lot of money to contractors as well, as my business expanded.  I made decent contributions to our household income and to the government via taxes. Now, I don’t.

I wrote then:

Gas lines, unemployment, inflation, problems with terrorists… we have all this and more to look forward to, right down to the guy in the Oval Office lecturing us that we can’t keep our homes at the temperature we like.  At least Carter had the decency to put on a sweater and give the appearance of suffering right along with the rest of us.  President Obama can’t even do that.  These things are going to happen eventually anyway because the 40% cannot carry the rest of the country, nor should a moral society expect us to do so.  My goal is not to extend the misery; it’s to hasten the inevitable crash so we can recover quickly.

Do I want Obama to fail?  Aren’t I, as a Christian, required to pray for our president?  I do pray for him.  But I don’t pray for his successwhere his success means implementing policies which harm the country’s security, kill babies, increase poverty, and decrease freedom. The Alinskyite game playing is pathetic, trying to divide us with “have you beat your wife lately?” questions designed to “catch” conservatives in being “disloyal” to the President.  Are you now, or have you ever been, a fan of Rush Limbaugh?  Grow up!  I’m not hoping for economic failure.  I’m experiencing economic failure, and I’m hoping to return to economic success.

As the natural consequences of these disastrous polices – foreign policy based on magical thinking, energy policy designed to increase costs and cause shortages, economic policy that has already stolen big chunks out of people’s retirement funds by sending the stock market back to Clinton administration levels, with no floor in sight – the country is going to suffer.  I welcome that, to the extent necessary to cause people to re-think their attitudes and comprehend the results of their entitlement mentality.  By going John Galt – reducing my income to the point that I no longer subsidize anyone else via government imposed wealth transfers – I hope to hasten the inevitable collapse.  The H.E.N.R.Y.s feel the same way; people who are in the dreaded eeevil, mean capitalist pig $250,000 bracket are cutting back on their productivity.  As they should – where does society get the right to enslave these people?  The faster the 40% opts out, the sooner the collapse, and the sooner we can correct the situation.

Think of it as praying the alcoholic in your family will hit rock bottom sooner, rather than later.  It’s time to stop enabling the entitlement mentality.  It’s time to let go of our co-dependency and desire to be liked.  It’s time for an intervention.  It’s time to go John Galt.

We certainly have massive unemployment, inflation, and problems with terrorists. I fully believe that the gas lines are coming, given Obama’s war on pretty much all methods of producing energy except the “green” methods the government heavily subsidizes and which are run by Democrat friends and campaign contributors.

I didn’t like Romney (and complained about him bitterly on this blog and at Hot Air) but I did eventually get behind him and even came to believe – eventually – that he’d be a good President. But the media won Obama a second term, with it’s “move along, nothing to see here,” coverage of scandals which would have been major if they could have been tied to Republicans.  Apart from that, people wanted to believe that there is a free lunch, and they voted in the guy who promised them one.

So, here we are. More than half of the country is drinking the Koolaid, and now more than ever, I’m not really that interested in fighting to protect them from the consequences of their actions.  To paraphrase Mencken, let them have what they demanded – good and hard.

I’m not angry, and while what I’ve written sounds bitter, even to me, that’s really not how I feel. At the end of the day, I still believe that it is God who puts the kings on their thrones.  I still believe that God is sovereign.  Since God has decided that Obama shall be in charge another four years, then I have to believe that God has done so for our good.  Jeremiah 29:11, etc. That doesn’t mean that I believe the outcome of Obama’s presidency will be good in terms of having a healthy economy or a less corrupt government or more peace in the world.  I think the path the Democrat-media complex is forcing us down will lead to another depression.  And a nation full of Honey Boo Boo voters will buy the idea that a Republican party which controls just 1/2 of one branch of government somehow had the power to cause it.  And even then, God will still be sovereign and my hope will be in him, not in a political party.

I believe another four years of Obama will be good for us spiritually.  I believe our faith in God will be renewed – all the more so since it will be blatantly obvious that government will not provide good solutions for us.  I believe our zeal for God will be renewed – all the more so since our government is already moving to disrupt and control the practice of Christianity, with open attacks on religious freedom.  After decades of Communist rule in China, there are now more Christians in China than there are Communists.  Christianity has historically flourished in adversity, and it will do so in the United States, too.


  1. As my family says: everything works out in the end.

    Getting there can really, really hurt, though.
    Foxfier recently posted..Quote: “Hint, …

  2. I thought it was blatantly obvious the government was not providing good solutions for many years. I was wrong. Apparently it has to be even more blatantly obvious to over 50% of the voters. But why do we have to be sucked into the vortex right along with them?

  3. I don’t know a way NOT to be sucked into the vortex… wish I did!

  4. physics geek says:

    I read what you wrote when you posted it back in 2009. Worth reading a second time.

  5. After years of going to college (two degrees) working at jobs that demanded I be away from my family for 50+ hours a week, and still living check to check, I went Galt with a couple friends. After receiving a small inheritance, my wife and I paid off all our debt except our home and a school loan, and cancelled all our credit cards.(We only use debit cards.) We started a small business where we serve our clients on a ‘cash only’ basis. We endeavor to live quietly and work with our hands, and strive to owe no man anything but the debt of love as admonished by the Scriptures.

    The economic and political systems have been hijacked to destroy our way of life, so we pretty much have dropped out of them. I am slowly drawing down our bank accounts and converting them to gold, silver, and cash.. I cashed out my retirement account when I quit my last job. I paid the tax penalty, and was glad to do so to get my money out of the rigged markets. My wife has given up voting, and I am not far behind her. I can no longer stomach the phony choices served up each election day by the bi-factional ruling party. A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil, and look where that has gotten us. However, God is on the throne, and He is in control. In the mean time, I will concentrate on fulfilling my God given vocations as a husband, father, neighbor, and business owner.