Going John Galt

Oh my… first a Malkalanche and then a link from the original Traffic Santa. I’m in Insignificant Microbe heaven – at least as long as the hamsters can keep the server wheels spinning. :-) Thank you very kindly for the links, and welcome, Instapundit and Michelle Malkin readers.

ADDED: to clarify – my goal is NOT to become a moocher myself.  Lacking a Galt’s Gulch to bug out to, I’m looking for that sweet spot at or near $65k where we will neither loot nor mooch.


obama_robinhoodLike Robert Stacey McCain, I’m frustrated with the “moderates” who voted for Obama in the desperate hope that he was not what the evidence – and by evidence, I mean his words, his associates, and even his extremely limited legislative track record – clearly proclaimed him to be: a far left Chicago thug politician whose goal was to move us into a more socialist state.  David Brooks, Christopher Buckley, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, Doug Kmiec… you led the RINO cheerleading squad that helped this man become our President.  Serious scrutiny of Obama’s admittedly scant record would have told you all you need to know.  

Now people begin to feel sorry, and are deservedly mocked.  But in the meantime, we’re going further and further down the socialist rabbit hole, and taxpayers like me who are net contributors to the federal government – instead of the 60% of taxpayers who receive more in government services than they put in – are going John Galt.

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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 success, where 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.

Added – I made a couple of grammar tweaks and added the HENRYs link to this post after publishing.

Comments

  1. Ragnar Danneskjold says:

    Who is John Galt? ;-)

  2. These taxes and fees (including the crap and tariff green crap) will do exactly what it did in the 30’s. there will be double digit unemployment and the wealthy ingenuous entrepreneurs will stop producing wealth and jobs.

    Why punish yourself with higher taxes? Is that what it means to be successful now? Dealing with 3000 pages of tax code to figure out how much the government can rape you this year?

    While doing my taxes this year I noticed that our donations ended up being higher than the “magical” 500 dollar line that makes the process of lowering your taxes through charity WAY more unbearable. And to hear that Obama is going to increase that difficulty more? That he’s going to punish the wealthy by only allowing them to claim 80% of what they donate?

    Not only will jobs disappear in the next four years, but so will any form of charity!

  3. Steve Adams says:

    Go John Galt – set up an LLC, write a blog, expense some computers – thus lower tax liability. Maybe travel and do some research for a book on others going John Galt – if the book makes it great – buy a plane for the business to get to the book signings. Opt out of W2 land and regain some control and freedom.

  4. Odell Roo says:

    Who is John Gault – Wikipedia…

    John Galt is the heroic main character in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. Although he is absent from much of the text, he is the subject of the novel’s oft repeated question, “Who is John Galt?”, and the quest to discover the answer.

    As the plot unfolds, Galt is acknowledged to be a creator and inventor who embodies the power of the individual. He serves as a counterpoint to the social and economic structure depicted in the novel. The depiction portrays a society based on oppressive bureaucratic functionaries and a culture that embraces the stifling mediocrity and egalitarianism of socialistic idealism. He is a metaphorical Atlas of Greek mythology, holding up the world.

    An engineer by trade, Galt’s actions include withdrawing his talents, “stopping the motor of the world,” and leading the “strikers” (in this case the captains of industry) against the “looters” (in this case the mob rule of strikers and the common man). The storyline unfolds by exploring rumors and legends about the identity of Galt. Galt’s actual identity is learned only after a prolonged search by Dagny Taggart, the heroine of the story, with whom Galt has a romantic relationship. Galt is also referred to in the story as the Mystery Worker.

  5. Slavery is the correct word.

    Socialism is a euphemism for slavery.

    The key to winning the argument is defining it properly and not falling for the left’s magical redefinition of the English language.

  6. Obama is going to return that marginal tax rates on individuals “to their level under the Clinton administration”.

    In doing that he has put the stock market at the same point.

    Actions have consequences. It’s time for 60% of the country to understand that. Once that 60% understands that the 40$ deserve deference, respect and basic American rights granted them by the Constitution, I’ll stop my strike of the mind.

  7. The figures cited in the table above are FLAWED: they do not properly account for the 15 percent of Americans who derive their paychecks from taxes. Public sector workers do NOT pay taxes, they are net consumers of taxes–both during their working years and (especially) afterward in the form of pensions and benefits.

    How about a radical solution: only net payers of taxes get to vote? Think Congress would act any differently than it now does? Think budgets would be balanced? Think we’d get more of our money’s worth out of government? No doubt.

  8. 15% ?? Good grief. I had no idea more than a tenth of the country were receiving paychecks from the government. Does that include military?

    I dread cap and trade, but in a way, I welcome it because things are going to get bad in a hurry. Hopefully before the next election, so that a new, presumably chastened, Congress can stop the rest of the porkulus from getting spent.

    I don’t know what it’s going to take for the 60% to wake up. But they can’t keep hitting the snooze button forever. I’m really enjoying seeing how many of us are Atlas fans. It’s about time we all stood up!

  9. Dominque Francon says:

    Love the idea of going John Galt. I’m in.
    (Ragnar, you cheeky monkey ;o)

  10. Katy-Texas says:

    Wouldn’t you just know the weasles in Congress all earn under $250,000 per year? Even Pelosi and Reid, I think. Course, they all probably have SEVERAL other sources of income, too, but I’m just sayin’ …

  11. Figures. They take care of themselves first, in any event. Obama-care is for the little people, not for Congress.

  12. Foxfier says:

    Laura-
    I’m not sure where she got the figure, but a woman who helps run the “non profit art” organization at my folks’ valley (methow valley, WA) claims there are more folks employed full time in non-profit art groups than as elementary school teachers, in the USA.

    Can we pretty pretty please trim down the endowment for the arts? That’s mildly insane…..

    Re: % employed
    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm
    Civilian labor force 153,716 k
    Government 22,539 k
    so 14.6% are employed, directly, as civilian gov’t workers. Seems to also not include teachers.

    Foxfier´s last blog post..Thank You, Pursuing Holiness-

  13. RelativelySaneMax says:

    Can we have the young Charlotte Rampling as Dagny Taggart in the movie please

  14. Last I heard, Angelina Jolie had signed for the part.

  15. Political Observer says:

    The fallacy of the socialist state is that it assumes that the productive class will continue its behavior even in the face of ever increasing disincentives. Once the productive class starts to join the non-productive receivers of the state the system collapses. We experienced this somewhat through the 1930’s as FDR wailed upon the “rich” as the source of all of our problems. The “rich” decided it was safer to protect what they had and not risk their accumulated wealth in trying to expand their economic interest. As a result, the depression dragged on far longer than anyone imagined. In fact the US recovery lagged significantly behind many other smaller economies including Mexico during that time period. The ultimate failure of the socialist system can be seen in the failure of the so called communist states – the former Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea. Interestingly a number of totalitarian states that once thought of themselves as communist – China, VietNam are now dabbling in free market economic principles in the hopes of avoiding the inevitable collape experienced by those failed states.

    Unfortunately it appears that one of the outcomes of a democratic political system is that we need to keep relearning the same lessons.

  16. But I don’t pray for his success, where his success means implementing policies which harm the country’s security, kill babies, increase poverty, and decrease freedom.

    So where did you stand during the entire eight years of Bush’s presidency.

    PLEASE, go John Galt, PH readers. It’s not like any of you are making things better by participating…

  17. I’m going as John Galt as I can! We have no debt but what Obama is piling on us, we’ll only be purchasing absolute necessities for the foreseeable future. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” is going to become our motto until the insanity ends.

    Absolutely eerie how reality is paralleling fiction.

    Who is John Galt?

  18. Laura — fascinating chart, but you seem to forget that it was George Bush’s tax cuts, cheered by conservatives overwhelmingly, that took a lot of those people off the tax-paying rolls entirely.

    And much as we disown him now, just a year ago conservatives at CPAC were chanting ‘four more years’ at GW Bush, wishing it could be so. As bad as Obama has been for the past few weeks, the market dropped 40% under Bush and the economy went belly up.

    Fact is, the economy will recover; it always does. Don’t be left out because of spiteful feelings to the new president.

  19. If you think this is about spite, you have entirely missed the point, Ron. It’s about socialism; something George Bush also did his part to foster. Bush was cheered for getting out of the way of the people who produce, the fact that a whole lot of other people benefited was collateral. There was no way to help the producers without first helping moochers; that’s the political reality. Had Obama kept the status quo, those 60% could have continued their mooching unmolested. But that wasn’t good enough; he’s got to demonize the people who are carrying this country and demand more and more and more. (And in all fairness, Huckabee’s campaign had some disgustingly similar rhetoric.) ENOUGH already! My family is in the bottom of the fourth quintile, so it’s not like we’re HENRYs whose dropout will have a huge impact. But every little bit helps; last year our IRS bill was over $11k. And we’re middle class! That is ridiculous.

    You say the economy will recover… It all depends on what the word “recovery” means, doesn’t it? The absolute best we can hope for under the current trend is Euro-socialism and I will not support that. The root problem here is that more than half of the country seems to feel entitled to the earnings of the remainder. That has to stop.

  20. Laura– you must’ve done a pretty dang good post, because none of these folks will leave an email or a site.

    Have you checked to see how many of them there are?

    (BTW- notice how anything bad is Bush’s fault, and anything good belongs to Congress or just “the market”? Love how folks are willing to totally ignore, say, that stuff started getting worse when the democrats got control of Congress, or that every time Obama speaks, the market drops more…..)

    Foxfier´s last blog post..Thank You, Pursuing Holiness-

  21. BleedingTaxpayer says:

    Re: Charitable giving and tax writeoffs

    Lowering the charitable donations tax writeoff IS A HIKE IN TAXES for anyone who TITHES or gives regularly at their place of worship. (And I’m waiting to hear any pundit actually voice that on TV or anywhere else.) That’s not the super wealthy, if people are actually tithing 10%. You think the current administration doesn’t KNOW how this will destroy Churches and other places of worship? Charities will fail. People will be COMPLETELY dependent on government assistance, and the government will be GOD. This is all part of the agenda. Tin foil hat on securely.

  22. shimauma says:

    you said “I do pray for him. But I don’t pray for his success, where his success means implementing policies which harm the country’s security, kill babies, increase poverty, and decrease freedom.”

    I pray for his conviction…his LEGAL conviction. I believe there are some people that get set up on high by God so their fall will be much more devestating and humiliating. Think of King Saul, begged for by Israel, only to end up insane and killed in battle because of his pride, his attitude that he knew better than GOD. barry hussein is our saul, we just need to find a David to take his place.

  23. Oh, the server’s getting pounded pretty badly, thanks to two Malkalanches and an Instalanche, along with quite a few other links to those posts once people clicked through from the big bloggers. I’m stunned by it all; not least by the fact that the server is still up! BTW thank you for the link from your excellent blog! I especially enjoyed this. :-)

  24. No,no,no you don’t understand the Chigago method – or don’t remember the preReagan tax structure. The secret is to raise taxes on the productive and then charge the politically connected in the upper income brackets for the all the neat little tax dodges that our 536 political masters can devise to ensure that only the “right” people actually pay the higher rates. This method spreads the wealth to the folks who actually deserve it, our political elites, without their having to actually produce anything or exert themselves. The remainder of the tax income ensures that bread and circuses are supplied to the masses to keep them busy and asleep.
    I might add that the situation has changed somewhat in the intervening years with the massive increase in state and local taxes – which is largely responsible for the decline in income available for consumption by the middle class. You see the point here, don’t you? You need to get the power and the cash back into the hands of the FEDERAL government, so the power flows down along with the money.

  25. *grin*
    Head Noises: 98.5% guaranteed not to crash your servers, or your money back!
    ;^p

    Don’t stop writing *something*– I’m pretty sure you’ll manage to find something to say, even after the cutting back.

    Foxfier´s last blog post..Thank You, Pursuing Holiness-

  26. pottermom says:

    And to think I read you way back when… before fame. ;)

    While I can agree somewhat with hastening the inevitable so that perhaps recovery can get going sooner I really hesitate when it comes to the Cap and Trade tax. The hype about the myth called global warming and the steps taken by world governments to control this non-poison will only inflict more damage upon the world’s poor and create more poverty and famine.

    Now if only you had the answers to investment…. stay in, get out, gold, under the mattress….. seems like no matter what you consider you’re in deep trouble.

  27. LOL, but believe me, things’ll be back to normal by tomorrow. Some folks will stick around a while to see if there’s anything else around here worth reading, but most will move on. I’ve been Instalanched before, and Malkalanched. (Just not on the same day – that was amazing, as in, I’m amazed the server stayed up. I’m SO hitting the tip jar for the folks who wrote WP Super Cache. Last time Malkin took down my server and my clients (understandably) went ballistic.) Now I’m going to give the server hamsters a nice treat and tuck them into bed for a well deserved rest. :-)

    I know; cap and trade is the fastest way to a global depression. Poor countries – take Africa, which has benefited so much from Bush’s expansion of the African Growth and Opportunity Act! – are going to get hit hard if they’re stupid enough to buy into the nonsense.

    Gold, no gold, whatever. I’ve been poor, literally hungry and cold, no electricity for seven months… I never really thought of that as a benefit; being a baby step away from homelessness, but now I do. I’m not afraid of hard times, if they’re ahead. Remember, this is not our home:

    They did not receive the things God had promised, but from a long way off they saw them and welcomed them, and admitted openly that they were foreigners and refugees on earth. Those who say such things make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own. They did not keep thinking about the country they had left; if they had, they would have had the chance to return. Instead, it was a better country they longed for, the heavenly country. And so God is not ashamed for them to call him their God, because he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)

    :-)

  28. ConservativePup says:

    Hi!

    Congratulations on getting Malkalanched! That is where I found you, and I’m very glad I did. Michelle’s one of my favorites, and she guides the rest of us to some great blogs. I love your post, and I think you speak for many people who feel the same way, and aren’t able to articulate it as well as you have.

    I am adding your blog to my blogroll, We will fight this socialism which has been knocking at the door for 40 years, and now, thinks it has a clear path. They’ve started right out with it, and I too hope that within a year there will be millions with extreme buyer’s remorse.

    Keep up the good work!
    Pup

    ConservativePup´s last blog post..Godspeed, Paul Harvey

  29. Armed and Alarmed says:

    Going John Galt is a possibility I suppose-it sure has caught the imagination of a lot of good people. “Who is John Galt ” from Atlas Shrugged was really big in 1964/65 as I was graduating from high school. We were going through much the same turmoil with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the anti-war protesters, Weather Underground-Obama’s new daddy William Ayres- bombings, Black Panthers-Obama’s mentor Bobby Rush- of Chicago, and a host of Leftist rats tearing down our country.

    The news was largely controlled by many of the same newspapers on the Left today and the three TV networks had always been Liberal to some extant but were starting to become the Leftist Liars they are now. In was in this I joined the Army and went to Viet Nam. Coming home in 1968 and seeing what the Left and weak Republican “moderates” had done to my country I decided to go to war on the home front. I was one bitter, hair triggered, jumpy hippie getter. It was fun I must admit.

    Then I married a Christian woman, returned to my youthful faith, raised a family and now proudly have grand children. It is because of that Christian woman, children and grand children that I am not so sure Going John Galt is the route I want to take. While the economic issues are large I most fear Obama and the Left’s societal changes and controls; the anti-American sovereignty in favor of internationalism , anti-Christian, anti-family and such. Can we Go John Galt? Will Obama and the Left let us drop out? Lenin didn’t, Stalin didn’t, Hitler didn’t, Mao, Castro either. As these tyrants turned their police forces against the population the Left will too. Our police are not like that? They can be replaced by the Nation of Islam, Black Panthers and a dozen other street gangs-we have seen it before. Taxes are the least of our worries.

    So I keep my faith in God, pray for country and family while staying Armed and Alarmed. God help us all.

  30. As I’ve noted in my blog, the liberals and Democrats are always willing to outsource their compassion. Force everyone to do the right thing, in an abstract way that doesn’t really require the Lib Dems to get their own hands dirty. That’s for the peasants, you know. Going John Galt sounds good.

    Griff´s last blog post..Doubly Standard Procedure Watch: Government Spending

  31. Slightly off topic.

    My question will always be “So why did so many HENRYs vote for this idiot!?” I just can’t count the number of Obama bumperstickers that I have seen on high end vehicles, driven by types young enough to qualify as HENRYs, some of them will young kids.

    It absolutely mystifies me why these people would vote for a huge tax increase on themselves. There are no rational answers that could explain it. They had to have completely freakin lost their minds.

    I wonder how long they are going to be able to keep those fancy cars of theirs?

  32. Until we efix the primary system I fear we will be wandering in the desert for a long time. Look for a gun grab coming soon to your neighborhood.

  33. I can’t help but wonder how many of those moderate Obama voters are truly regretting their vote today. I’m just glad that I didn’t vote for him.

  34. Christopher Buckley seems to be figuring out there’s more to governing than having the right “temperament.” :-)

  35. True, and ACORN will spend their – OUR – 4 billion effectively, I’m sure.

  36. liberty4usa says:

    I like your article, the Gault movement will grow and believe me no small business would dare expand their work force with what is on the horizon. We have seen nothing yet, I agree we will most likely see skyrocketing inflation, and energy prices followed by another recession. They are rushing to pass all the socialism they can before the backlash.
    I will be using my stimulus $13 to fund conservative opposition.
    I won’t support Hollywood, Music artists that openly speak out in his support, watch Oprah etc,or watch network news, or buy union made if I can help it.
    The liberals have been dreaming of this great upheaval for decades and it needs to come crashing down sooner than later. Unfortunately, much of the damage is already done but won’t be apparent for awhile and we know their plans will all cause further harm.
    The job numbers will be bad this week, and market will continue slide.
    When Citibank,GM are penny stocks after once being giants its pathetic.
    I believe this is a precursor for their global socialism ambitions!
    Don’t feed the looters!

  37. ultraguy says:

    After meeting with my Obama-supporting tax accountant earlier this week, I’m all with you. He was cowed and subdued (perhaps embarrassed) after having effused about him last October.

    One question I’ve been pondering, as a Christian, is NOW WHAT? Rand gives us a tantalizing but ultimately incomplete/cardboard-cutout picture of what Galt and his folks did with their time once they took their shoulders off the wheel. And, of course, she was an atheist which makes it imperative to pick and choose with extreme care from her total philosophy.

    The question I’m asking is how to reconcile Rand/Atlas/Galt with the “give to Caesar” command from Jesus. The best I’ve been able to come up with so far is not to withdraw completely because Obama stands against everything I believe in (the early Christians didn’t with Rome and they were, after all, being killed by them), but to look at this time as a golden opportunity to devote more time to the things God would want of me, redeploying my most talents towards His economy.

    I’ll just leave that there. The filling in of what that means will be very personal.

    ultraguy´s last blog post..Bad Timing/Luck, Incompetence or Malfeasance?

  38. I agree with the need to be selective about what parts of Rand’s ideals to appropriate. John Piper had a great article about that.

    It’s been difficult to structure our budget so that we will earn less, but continue paying what we formerly tithed even though our income is going to be a good deal less, and keep up with the other non-church, and secular charities. Our giving percentage varied around 15% of the gross; the new percentage is looking to be a great deal higher. The difference is coming from a reduced lifestyle and reduced taxes. I see this as a huge improvement for a number of reasons – it detaches us somewhat from the world, which – though I sometimes forget in the heat of the political moment – is obviously not our home. I believe it will be far more glorifying to God than our former budget. Even if there were a Galt’s gulch to escape to, I wouldn’t do it – I agree with you that complete withdrawal is not the way to go. But I’m very comfortable with economic withdrawal – refusing to fund the government to the greatest extent that we can legally refuse.

    to look at this time as a golden opportunity to devote more time to the things God would want of me, redeploying my most talents towards His economy.

    That’s my plan. More prayer, more studying, more serving. I’m looking forward to it.

  39. Meremortal says:

    I’m going Galt. My net worth increased about 450% under Bush. I planned to work a few more years but I’ve changed my mind. We’re selling the city house and will rent a little townhouse for when we need to be in the city visiting friends and family. We will move to our county place and live a simple lifestyle. We will minimize earned income and maximize non-taxable income. Obama will have to enslave someone else to pay for his spending spree. I’ll be fishing, writing and playing music.

  40. cudmaster says:

    Rand and the fictional galt would be disgusted.

    Meditate on these words:
    “I swearby my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” – John Galt, Atlas Shrugged

    The whole POINT of the left’s policies is to get you to surrender, succle on the teet of big government, and in doing so become addicted to it.

    They don’t want you to keep producing, productivity is EVIL to them, they won’t be satisfied until every thinking human being is dead and we are as a species reduced to the level of animals.

  41. Sure, cudmaster, but, er… what the heck are you talking about? I have no intention of suckling on gubmint’s teat. I’m reducing my income to the point that I quit subsidizing other people, that’s all.

    The left does what us to keep producing – so they don’t have to. They don’t want to kill everybody – they want to rule.

  42. Yay! Troll!

    “SUBMIT TO MY STRAW MAN, HYPOCRITE!”

    Foxfier´s last blog post..A Peeve

  43. Foxfier, that’s perfect. :-)

  44. Pope Ratzo says:

    Laura said:
    “I welcome it because things are going to get bad in a hurry”

    At least we have one conservative who’s honest about wanting our country to fail.

    [From Laura: I'm editing this comment to reply in-line because I want the response to be right next to the accusation. Please work on your reading comprehension. It is my opinion that these policies will cause the country to fail. My desire is simply to speed up the already inevitable failure, so that we can realize our mistake, and fix it. My desire is for the country to succeed, not fail. My belief is that under these policies, success is impossible. With that thesis in mind, I'd like everyone to realize it, hurry up and move on to the next thing. If you cannot understand that from my post, and now from this additional restatement, you are being willfully ignorant. Disagree with my thesis all you like, but my motives are crystal clear.]

  45. commie atheist says:

    You do know that Ayn Rand was an atheist, don’t you?

  46. Yes, I know Rand was an atheist. I can agree with her on some issues and disagree on others, much like someone else does whom I admire greatly – John Piper.

  47. Bob Loblaw says:

    You do realize that if the “elite” broke away from society and left the commoners to die off. You wouldn’t make the cut.

  48. Please explain in more detail what you mean by the elite breaking away from society. Thanks!

  49. Reply to Karen’s unpublished troll spew:

    Rand’s beliefs are objectivism, Karen. “So called beliefs” – good grief. Whether or not you agree with them, those were in fact her beliefs. Go rant elsewhere. If you’d like to have a discussion on the merits of this concept I’d be glad to, but you haven’t contributed anything more than spewing some uninformed nonsense and insults.

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  9. [...] Pursuing Holiness via Glenn Reynolds: “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.” [...]

  10. [...] one idea: My goal is not to extend the misery; it’s to hasten the inevitable crash so we can recover [...]

  11. [...] couple of months, you’ve discovered that your best economic move is to bury all your money in the deepest hole you can dig in your own backyard until January 20, 2010. The administration’s reaction to any [...]

  12. [...] as I dislike him and his polices, and yes, I do hope he fails – Obama doesn’t qualify.  Your mileage may vary, of course.  In the end, I agree with [...]

  13. [...] I declared that I’d “go Galt,” that is, disengage from the economy to the greatest extent possible because my family is part of the 40% who are actually net [...]

  14. [...] The left’s idea that the nanny state will take care of us all is, to use the word of which they are so fond, unsustainable.  It’s unsustainable in any event – it’s never worked before, and it’s not going to work now.   This is one area where we can take Vladimir Putin’s word at face value.  The Chinese, too, are worried because they know the American left is doing great harm not just to the United States but to the world’s economy.  The outcome is not in doubt.  The only variable is the speed at which it happens. I hope to hasten the inevitable collapse. [...]

  15. [...] having a huge impact but, hey, every little bit counts. Whether this phenomenon is more purposeful, as in my case, or simply a bunch of people reacting naturally to bad government policies, federal tax receipts [...]

  16. [...] I a bad Christian for praying for Obama’s failure?  I don’t believe so. Do I want Obama to fail?  Aren’t I, as a Christian, required to pray for our president?  I do [...]