Captain Heck (capthek) wrote in progressivism,
Captain Heck

Funny stuff going on with the objectivists these days

Those Grapes are SOUR!

"Going Galt" describes Ayn Rand followers who are saying they are shutting down their businesses, not because the entire economy is in recession and lots of businesses are going under, but rather by choice as a protest against a higher tax rate.

They glorify themselves as the only productive members of our society and thus making millions just isn't good enough for them, they also want their tax havens and big tax breaks. In reality they can't face the fact that times are tough and want to save face with self righteous rage. Don't buy it. More under the cut.

You’re in the high rent district

By: TBogg Monday March 2, 2009 11:26 pm
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Approximately 2% of the American households make more than $250,000 a year and (you may find this hard to believe) a very high percentage of these high-earning go-getting producers spend their days commenting over at Michelle Malkin's place... when they're not busy flying their Lear jets up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun.
Scenes from the Go Go Gaults:
  • I’ve resigned from my job, and I’m selling my rental properties. After this, I’m moving to a rural little town and simplifying everything. I’ll be reading so many more books soon, if that sort of thing is still allowed.
  • What motivation do we have to make more money? Only to have it confiscated by the Feds. Bad enough CA just increased a variety of taxes, including the income tax. That’s why I’m looking to move to NV. I was just there on Saturday. Won’t be too long now.
  • I decided I will endeavor to take more business trips and continuing education classes at exotic places and try to reduce taxable income.
  • Yep, it’s happening. Several friends are shutting down to sustaining levels. Partly due to housing and the rest due to the tax hikes.
  • I shut down my online businesses in early November, I don’t remember why. I’m now a net user of Obama Cheese. I may even apply for food stamps.
  • Small businesses will lay off employees, and I hope the first to go are the ones that voted for bho. They wanted ‘hope and change’, well you got it. These bho voters have NO idea how much more taxes they are going to be paying. I just hope those bho voters have their IRA, 401k and stocks cratered as much as those who DID not vote for bho. Such(sic) it up kids!
  • I’m starting my victory garden this spring. My sister is expanding hers and in exchange for my helping with that I will be able to claim some of the produce. I’ve been couponing for over a year now and have a nice stockpile of food for when things get really, really bad. I can’t believe that my country is on this path. From Ronald Reagan to this Marxist in the span of one generation. Unbelievable.
  • I have a friend who is planning to not work overtime this year to stay well below the dangerous benchmark that is 250k. His point was that he might as well take some time off and enjoy and relax rather than work and give every dollar above 250 away. I don’t blame his reasoning and the loss is, he spends his money.
  • I told my wife that we may need to be prepared to move to another country - one with a strong American community, of course - because of the excessive tax and regulatory burden placed on businesses w/in the Continental U.S. What is happening in California will soon be extrapolated to the the other states. When the usurpers are at last exposed for who they truly are and when we can return to common sense, we’ll depose them and take back what is rightfully ours — a culture of civility based on Natural Law/Judeo-Christian ethics, and the rule-of-law Republic that the Founders envisioned.
...and my personal favorite:
  • We also have “gone Galt”. Hubby decided to retire and start Medicare instead of our original plan of waiting two years.

You’re going to miss me when I’m gone.
No. No I won’t. Why are you still here?

By: TBogg Wednesday March 4, 2009 10:55 pm
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First off, I was..... this .... close to finally agreeing with McMegan:
Perhaps predictibly, Ayn Rand is making a comeback on the right, with Congressmen handing out her books, and loose talk of rich people "Going Galt".
I don't think that we will see a mass exodus of productive people to secret hideouts.
Yes. Absolutely. I couldn't agree mor--- What? You're not done? Okay...
I look to Atlas Shrugged more for conveniently totable beach reading than an economic blueprint.
Um. No.
Atlas Shrugged is twenty pounds of shit in a 1200 page book, which makes it less than desirable or "totable" as beach reading. Not that it doesn't have its uses at the beach if, say for example, you needed to weigh down a canvas duffel containing the lifeless body of a libertarian who brought up John Galt one time too many and you needed that bag to stay submerged few nautical miles south of the Coronado Islands...but let's not talk about wish fulfillment.
The natives are getting restless again and are making muttered threats about about going John Galt and we are left to wonder how we will ever get by when the world grinds to a halt because Doug Bandow, Will Wilkinson, and the Ole Perfesser call in to say they won't be coming into work because they're feeling kinda "Galtish". Who will fill our "here's an interesting post by [fill-in your own obscure think tank professional wanker]" void?
As the kids say: Oh noes!
Or, more accurately: Whatever.
Look. Not all Randian rich (or potentionally rich) people are sociopathic greedy assholes who would sell their parents to a rendering plant if the income was tax free. Only most of them are. But some of them are good people, hard-working people. Fucking saints, if you were to believe TigerHawk. And all our Marxist IslamoPresident had to do was ask "purty please" and they'd empty out their pockets and live a life of simplicity and righteousness.
But no, he didn't, and norbizness, commenting over at LG&M, explains their completely reasonable response:
Yeah, if the marginal tax rate on my 250,001th dollar meant I kept 62 cents of it rather than 65 cents (or whatever the increase would be), I would pretty much go apeshit and fire everyone.
I will miss our Don't Understand the Marginal Tax Rate Overlords. I can only hope my favorite barista makes $249,999 a year or less because 7/11 coffee sucks and my day might come to a grinding halt if it's not freshly ground.
Atlas will be dragging ass...
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