Skip to comments.QUICK: Someone take Boehner to Atlas Shrugged
Posted on 04/27/2011 5:17:22 AM PDT by radioone
If you happen to be some congressional bureaucrat on the staff of the Speaker of the House and you are reading this, please kidnap your boss and take him to the nearest theatre playing Atlas Shrugged Part 1. Why, you ask?
Because in the same week that unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats cost Shell Oil four billion dollars and ran them out of drilling off Alaska -- and more bureaucrats began their attempt to cost Boeing over a billion dollars and South Carolina a thousand jobs -- our feckless Speaker of the House sided again with the wrong team.
So grab the Speaker and please go see Atlas Shrugged today. Do not wait. Do not walk. Run. Please go see it, and take Mr. Boehner some notes, before he becomes totally irrelevant and takes the free enterprise system down the drain with him.
In a life-imitates-art period like few others I can remember, we have seen the following happen in the few days since the movie was released:
-Jesse Jackson Junior publicly blames the iPad for a loss of jobs. His econ babble speak reasoning is not worth repeating here.
-The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sues Boeing to keep America's largest exporter from opening a plant in South Carolina that will create over a thousand new jobs, because the state is a non union (Right to Work) state. By the way, Boeing has already built the plant and has added 2,000 union jobs in Seattle in the last couple of years to boot.
-President Obama orders Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate oil companies and speculators (known as investors) over the rise of gasoline prices. Holder will not be investigating the EPA or any other bureaucrats who have halted or slowed down oil production, however.
-Seven more oil rigs are run out of the Gulf of Mexico by government regulations and headed to Brazil -- where crony capitalist extraordinaire George Soros will make a killing. Soros supports Obama of course.
What the juxtaposition of Atlas Shrugged's release and the events described above shows, if nothing else, is that we understand them more than they understand us. And by us, I mean freedom-loving supporters of the free enterprise system. By them, I mean liberal statists and socialists. And Ayn Rand, for all of her quirks, understood both the free market right and the big government success-punishing left. She also saw crony capitalism coming down the pike with scary prescience.
In short, in 1957 Rand understood the America of 2011 better than our current Speaker of the House does. This is inexcusable on the part of Boehner, who was elected to Congress in the early 90's as a small businessman. It's one thing for an elected Speaker to make poor political calculations and/or to negotiate weakly with the opposition. The unhappy nuances of the realities of the legislative process -- which Boehner did not invent -- can also be forgiven to a certain degree by thinking supporters.
But when a Republican Speaker -- with a business background no less -- flunks the very basics of Economics 101 on an issue as critical to our republic as energy production, it is a cardinal sin.
It's bad enough for former Speaker Newt Gingrich to sit on a park bench and wax eloquent with Nancy Pelosi on manmade global warming. It's quite another when the sitting Speaker "goes Pelosi" on us at the very moment we need a clear voice in Congress on the realities of the market and the realities of the self inflicted wounds from our very own government.
The irony of Boehner's cluelessness this week is that he and those like him were very clearly predicted by Rand in the mid 1950's. Without beating the analogy to death for those who haven't seen the movie, Shell Oil fits almost perfectly the situation "Wyatt Oil" faced in the movie. Boeing is part "Taggart Transcontinental/John Galt Line" and part "Reardon Steel." You could switch Colorado with South Carolina.
There is no specific Boehner character, but he certainly fits the mold of a politician who just finished his visit from "Wesley Mouch." This week in an interview with ABC News as reported by The Hill, Boehner said:
I don't think the big oil companies need to have the oil depletion allowances, but for small, independent oil-and-gas producers, if they didn't have this, there'd be even less exploration in America than there is today.
This is eerily reminiscent of the line in the movie where a government bureaucrat said "in an age of steel shortages, we can't have one company producing too much." That is classic liberal logic if I've ever heard it. The idea was that fairness, as defined by the government, is more important than production. And Boehner stepped right into Rand's 54 year old trap. And nowhere in this statement is any evidence that Boehner is at all concerned that the EPA is forcing Shell to walk away from their four billion dollar investment in the waters off Alaska.
But he wasn't through stepping in it. He added:
We're in a time when the federal government's short on revenues. We need to control spending, but we need to have revenues to keep the government moving. And they ought to be paying their fair share.
Pay their fair share? There was a lot in Atlas Shrugged about the heavy hand of government propelled by "fairness." So what is their fair share? Who decides that? Are they not subject to tax laws now, or do they have the GE plan? Or the Tim Geithner plan? How about the Charlie Rangel plan? And if they pay more in taxes, how will that produce more oil and how will that help me at the pump?
So we have to ask just what's next Mr. Speaker? Will you side with the NLRB against the Boeing Corporation? Or the state of South Carolina? Where does your siding with government against private companies stop? What do you think about states' rights?
In short, Mr. Speaker, Ayn Rand saw you coming. She warned us about the likes of you. Go see yourself on the silver screen. She knew you in 1957 better than you know yourself. And if you don't start to understand yourself today as well as she did 54 years ago, the power of your office means that we will all suffer from your ignorance.
There was no Tea Party in Atlas Shrugged.
He will be bawling when the opening credits roll because someone turned down the lights.
That will leave some marks, I hope.
How are government subsidies for ANY industry Conservative?
But there was Galt’s Gulch...
Defund ALL collectives.
The U.S.A. becomes financially solvent and we become very low-taxed prosperous/productive citizens in a country which acts as a beacon for individual liberty.
From Ayn Rand...
But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims then money becomes its creators’ avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.
“Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice you may know that your society is doomed.
From Frederic Bastiat...
Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter by peaceful or revolutionary means into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.
Woe to the nation when this latter purpose prevails among the mass victims of lawful plunder when they, in turn, seize the power to make laws! Until that happens, the few practice lawful plunder upon the many, a common practice where the right to participate in the making of law is limited to a few persons. But then, participation in the making of law becomes universal. And then, men seek to balance their conflicting interests by universal plunder. Instead of rooting out the injustices found in society, they make these injustices general. As soon as the plundered classes gain political power, they establish a system of reprisals against other classes. They do not abolish legal plunder. (This objective would demand more enlightenment than they possess.) Instead, they emulate their evil predecessors by participating in this legal plunder, even though it is against their own interests.
It is as if it were necessary, before a reign of justice appears, for everyone to suffer a cruel retribution some for their evilness, and some for their lack of understanding.
It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.
A waste of time................he'd never understand it.
Interesting tidbit....almost everything in the book has already happened.....under hoover and fdr during the great depression...read myths of the great depression by the mackinaw institute...a real eye opener...long read but well worth it
He would just cry and not get it.
Boehner’s selection as Speaker was a brilliant move by the anti-Tea Party crowd in Washington to negate any conservative advances in the new congress . Even as a member of the great unwashed, I knew this was going to be a losing scenario.
“subsidies”....is the wrong word. The oil companies can “depreciate” the wells against their tax liability. Every company in the USA can “depreciate” Something.
Our “political hack” president is using the term to make the uninformed think the Feds send the oil companies a check, like Brazil, or any foreign aid, which is not the case.
Right...and he did everything he could to freeze out any tea party supported rep from any position of power in the new Congress. When I saw that, I knew we were doomed to at least two more years of gargle.
Never trust any man who cries at the drop of a hat, it is an indication of a serious character flaw.
Is it going to be on cable?
“There was no Tea Party in Atlas Shrugged.”
The Tea Party is a total joke. It accomplished its goal, which was to transfer voter anger to one of the big government parties. What program have Republicans cut? Government will continue to grow under even the most “radical” Republican plans.
Sure it will. Republicans just want a bigger split of the Loot.
Regarding the tea party being a “total joke” as you say regarding what happened when they “transferred power”— tiny little detail you might want to review: in 2010, only the House of Representatives power was transferred.
The White House, the Senate and the media still exist.
I would add:
Never trust any man who cries at the drop of a hat, and uses too much skin toner, it is an indication of a serious character flaw.
And leases would appear to be a wrong word too. I'm not sure how leases are not taxes.
“Regarding the tea party being a total joke as you say regarding what happened when they transferred power tiny little detail you might want to review: in 2010, only the House of Representatives power was transferred.”
Power was transferred, but to what end? When government actually gets MUCH smaller, when programs are slashed and eliminated maybe then you brag. Most likely, they will just allow the RINO’s of the Republican party leadership to continue growing the government.
You need a civics lesson. Until then, rant away. Power was NOT tranformed. It will take at least one more cycle to accomplish that.
How does that comport with your tag line?
Power in the house was transferred, was it not? They hold the power of the purse, so they can decide to de-fund any program. But, they have not. Just as it was in 2000 when Republicans held the Presidency, House and Senate and the went wild with government spending.
I've been having loads of fun over the past two months. I've purchased a few items of "Atlas" merchandise, to include a polo emblazoned with "Galt's Gulch, CO" that I wear to work.
When my students (6th grade) were discussing their plans for spring break, I told them I was going to Galt's Gulch. That led to a 15 minute discussion on working hard, doing your best, and taking pride in your work.
I drove my wife and kids batty with AS references...and then we went to see the movie.
They get it now.
For all the naysayers out there, I'm more amused than anything. I don't care that Ayn Rand was an atheist and a fornicator. I am comfortable in my own faith (and my own skin). The only Bible verse that I know by heart is 1 John 3:18: Let us love not in word or speech but in truth and action.
It's all about exchanging value for value (listen hard to Francisco D'anconia's voice mail on the movie's web site). When I donate to my church and Free Republic, or give a few bucks to someone who's down on their luck, I receive value in that exchange. Just as important is the fact that I'm doing it of my own free will, unlike the looters and moochers in government who take it from me using the full force of their power if need be.
For those that say the acting is wooden, I politely disagree. I've never thought of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs as gregarious, chatty, or emotional. Would you expect industrialists such as Hank or Dagny to be otherwise? I readily admit that I got chills down my spine when the train on the John Galt Line sped over the new Taggart Bridge at 200+ mph. And Taylor Schilling's portrayal of Dagny, particularly at her reaction to Wyatt's Torch, was fantastic.
I'm looking forward to buying more Atlas gear, and a dozen DVD's when they hit the shelves. You'll see me at work wearing polos with "Wyatt Oil", "Rearden Steel", "Akston's Diner", "Richard Halley's School of Music", and of course "Danneskjold Repossessions".
If you don't like "Atlas", fine...that's your right. Just don't expect to come near me trying to pi$$ on my Wheaties.
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