Entering The World Of Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden

Though I’ve really only just begun to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, I believe I am getting the gist of it (please nobody email and ruin the story for me :-0 ).

Having not yet finished the novel (only now preparing to finish up part one), I allow that I could be completely off here (so far as my thought relates to the novel) but it seems to me that businesses in America are rapidly, all, becoming Taggart Transcontinental, every executive  a Hank Reardon.

Assailed and slandered by government, despised by the public in response to those assailments and slanders.

Detested and disfavored, considered to always be corrupt and to be of no social value.

It seems we no longer desire their products as much as we do their ignominy.

I listen to people in everyday life, as I stand in line at the grocery store (often the Wal-mart grocery store which just so happens to be evil), or as I pump gas (evil oil companies) and am flabbergasted by the anger I hear in peoples voices.

I listen to callers on talk radio, read the blogs and comments and the anger is clear.

But what I hear most in those voices and see most in those written words is jealousy.

Their conversation betrays that they believe these businesses and executives are taking from them rather than providing something to them. That these businesses and executives owe them something.

Of course none of these people dare reveal that they are in fact jealous, rather they pretend that their anger is a righteous one; one that is patriotic. They don’t want more taxes and restrictions placed upon these companies for their own gain but for the good of the nation.

It’s a sickening damn lie and the context of their words betray them. Not that I do not understand their are some true believers among them. We call them socialist to be kind and communists to be truthful.

I believe president Obama and the administration he has assembled are true believers and are demonstrating that everyday and not simply in their attack on capitalism.

I hear people who believe they have a right to covet what these businesses have earned. They want these businesses and the executives who run them to pay more taxes so that they themselves might pay less or so that those businesses and executives can add more to the public coffers.

Five percent of Americans pay over half the income taxes while forty percent pay no income taxes what so ever.

We are heading in a very bad direction America and we had better let the current administration know that we have no intention of going there short of being dragged kicking, screaming and biting.

If our kicking, screaming and biting get us safely out of this administration, then we had also better be damned sure that the next administration knows that we bite when provoked.

P.S.- don’t read into the kicking, screaming and biting. I get enough emails from moonbats who think I’m a recruiter for a militia or some such similar idiocy.

 

Seriously, Shut The Hell Up You Damn Cry Babies

The majority of this posting is pure personal commentary and rant.

Gallup Poll released the following poll today.

Gallup

Three in four Americans (76%) want the government to take actions to block or recover the bonuses insurance giant AIG paid its executives after receiving federal bailout funds.

Poll Results

Question

Answer

Which comes closer to your thinking about this matter: The government should not intervene because the AIG bonuses were part of existing contracts in place before the bailout money was given to AIG,  (or) the government should take actions to try to block or recover any bonuses paid to AIG executives because the company was given government bailout money?

17% -government should NOT intervene

76% -government should intervene

How do you personally feel about these bonuses – outraged, bothered, or not particularly bothered? 59%-Outraged
26%-Bothered
11%-Not particularly bothered
Views on AIG bonuses by party affiliation Democrats:
83%- block/recover bonuses
70%- Outraged
Independents:
77%-block/recover bonuses
54%- Outraged
Republicans:
67%-block/recover bonuses
56%- Outraged

Seriously, shut the hell you damn cry babies.

The majority of you are not outraged, you are jealous.

Your personal envy of another should not have effect on their personal incomes.

As has been established, the government knew of these bonuses long before the bonuses were paid. The stimulus bill allowed for these bonuses to be paid.

I must also ask, are those of you who believe these bonuses should be returned also demanding with the same amount of outrage that president Obama and other politicians return the monies they received from AIG?

ABC

AIG employees kept doling out donations to politicians, including presidential candidate Barack Obama, after getting bailed out with federal funds last year, raising the question of whether those politicians will now return the money. […]

top AIG recipients for the 2008 campaign:

1. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., $103,100
2. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., $101,332
3. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., $59,499
4. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., $35,965
5. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., $24,750
6. Former Gov. Mitt Romney, (R) Pres $20,850
7. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., $19,975
8. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn, $19,750
9. Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., $18,500
10. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) Pres $13,200
11. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., $12,000
12. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., $11,000

That is just the tip of an iceberg I do not have time to climb at the moment.

 

 

Let’s not forget also, who the controlling partner in AIG is, our government.

The government owns at least 79% right now.

Politicians are of course suggesting now that the employees who received the bonuses be taxed on those bonuses at up to 100%.

Carolyn MCcarthy (D) New York would like to take it even further if she knew of a way.

MSNBC

A hundred percent, as far as I‘m concerned, is not even enough.  If I could tax them 1,000 percent, I would tax them 1,000 percent. 

Why the hell aren’t more Americans outrage at the above statement?

Why aren’t more outraged at the very idea of retroactively taxing a business?

That would set a dangerous precedent, that I assure you, you want no part of. What will you think of a retroactive tax when they come for you?

The damned jealousy of some makes me so angry. At one time it did not bother me much at all, but it seems to be a prevailing tendency in America.

What happened to the America I grew up in?

Not that jealousy did not exist, however it did seem that the majority of Americans sought their own success and did not begrudge the success of another.

Barack Obama is not only creating policy that ushers this nation into a true socialist (as opposed to the semi-socialist nation we have been for sometime) state, but the people are clamoring for it weather they see it or not.

You may recall the Fox Dynamic poll I posted about on February 20th of this year.

Those polled concluded that Americans rely on the government too much while at the same time expressing that they [the person polled] believed in the majority that the government should provide, food, healthcare, housing, and employment.

Who the hell are we that we think we deserve something without having earned it , while those who have earned something (AIG executives) are not deserving of what they worked for!?

What happened to the American attitude of government staying out of the way and we will provide our own opportunities and either succeed or fail based upon our own efforts and merit?

 

Obama Approval Index History: Rasmussen

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HT: @DaMav via Twitter

Hitting The Ground Running And Placing Lives In Danger

Barack Obama has wasted no time issuing Executive Orders, to date those orders place real human lives in harms way.

The Obamanation is quickly taking shape.

 

We all know about the the closing of Gitmo.

The White House

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the Department of Defense at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base (Guantánamo) and promptly to close detention facilities at Guantánamo, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice

Related to the closing of Gitmo, this bit of news

NY Times

The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.

 

ABC is reporting that president Obama will sign an executive order rescinding the Mexico City Policy.

ABC News has learned that later today President Obama will sign an executive order overturning the “Mexico City policy,” which prohibits nongovernmental organizations that receive international family planning assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development from providing or actively promoting abortion as a method of family planning in other countries.

 

Obama Nation

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Pledge your allegiance comrade

(My graphics skills are more than lacking)
As much as I hate the results of the Presidential election I must say congratulations to Mr. Obama.

The American people have made their choice.
A foolish and dangerous choice I believe, but their will has been heard and the system worked as intended.

Barack Obama will be my President and I will pray for him and his administration.

Cross Posted @ Little Bit Tired, Little Bit Worn.