From Fiction to Fact?

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    'Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years - WSJ.com

    In the book, these relentless wealth redistributionists and their programs are disparaged as "the looters and their laws." Every new act of government futility and stupidity carries with it a benevolent-sounding title. These include the "Anti-Greed Act" to redistribute income (sounds like Charlie Rangel's promises soak-the-rich tax bill) and the "Equalization of Opportunity Act" to prevent people from starting more than one business (to give other people a chance). My personal favorite, the "Anti Dog-Eat-Dog Act," aims to restrict cut-throat competition between firms and thus slow the wave of business bankruptcies. Why didn't Hank Paulson think of that?

    These acts and edicts sound farcical, yes, but no more so than the actual events in Washington, circa 2008. We already have been served up the $700 billion "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act" and the "Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act." Now that Barack Obama is in town, he will soon sign into law with great urgency the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan." This latest Hail Mary pass will increase the federal budget (which has already expanded by $1.5 trillion in eight years under George Bush) by an additional $1 trillion -- in roughly his first 100 days in office.



    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Does this strike anyone else as amusing as hell?
     
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    Ayn Rand portrayed mega capitalists and titans of industry as noble, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, believers in self-sufficiency and personal responsiblity.

    What a nice fairytale.

    The captains of industry, in the real world, are begging the government and the taxpayer to bail them out.
     
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    Those captains of industry are following the gravy train. No one argues that they aren't greedy bastards. Why those particular idiots should be allowed to ruin capitalism for the majority of ethical, law-abiding, responsible businesspeople and consumers is beyond me.

    Greed is inevitable in ANY system. If the government is going to enable it by handing taxpayer money to the unethical businesspeople, then the problem isn't necessarily the economic system, it's the political system.
     
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    So in your opinion, the sins of the evil mega-capitalists are also the sins of the vast majority of small scale capitalists (small businessmen and entrepreneurs) who greatly outnumber the mega-capitalists and who actually have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps?
     
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    I'm saying that a lot of people, including two time bush voting, "free market" chimanzees like yourself who were decieved by Rush Limbaugh and Ayn Rand, and there's a possibility you are going to be begging for government help if this thing really goes over the cliff.
     
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    Typical Red Dawn..

    "If you aren't a rabid lefty like me, you obviously voted for Bush twice and listen to Rush Limbaugh on the daily." :rolleyes:
     
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    hey monkey boy

    I never voted for GWB and I don't listen to Limbaugh and while I have read Atlas Shrugged a million years ago, I realize, unlike you, that it is a work of fiction.

    Just because I can see a similarity in a work of fiction to our current situation and find it amusing, does not mean I believe everything in a work of fiction is true.

    You however seem to believe that the government is the solution to all the world's problems and I truly think that makes you a fucking moron.
     
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    What makes Red Dawn a moron is that he obviously lacks critical thinking skills.

    That's the problem with MOST people.
     
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    I'm surprised that you stooped to childish insults. You didn't strike me as the type.
     
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    I'm tired of you telling me who I voted for and that I listen to Rush.

    YOU are obviously the type to assume facts not in evidence and that also makes you a fucking moron.
     

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