Skip to comments.Going Galt without even knowing it
Posted on 07/27/2011 8:47:43 AM PDT by jmaroneps37
A blogger named David McElroy recently wrote of a Birmingham (Alabama) businessman who, after listening to a room full of moochers and leeches piss whine and moan about the evils of business, publicly threw in the towel regarding his attempt to open a new coal mine.
David compared what happened to a scene right out of Atlas Shrugged and then mused, But I wonder how long its going to be before businesspeople really do start walking away and deciding its not worth doing business in America today. Or is it already happening and we just dont know it?
Well, David, its going on right now all around us and we do in fact know all about it. I have a good friend from high school who was drafted in the Vietnam era, then earned his civil engineering Bachelor of Science degree afterward at N.C. State via the GI Bill.
He started his own construction company, and has run it ever since, directly employing dozens of people and spending millions annually on equipment and materials, thereby employing countless others. Until now; until Obama was elected.
The bottom fell out of the economy under Obammunist economic policies, and then Obamacare de-exempted small construction companies from the 50-employee exemption as demanded by the unions so they could kill all non-union construction companies. Well it worked.
My friend said he was finally fed up and was finally able to say what Obama has demanded that all productive people must say, namely, I have enough money.
He said he figured he had worked hard all his life, saved his earnings, and it was finally it was time to enjoy his savings. My friend fired all his employees, gave away all his equipment........ and retired
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and correct me on my conspiracy, if you need to, but here’s my thought: Obama forces all of these businesses out, and we have all this real estate and property, equipment, etc., (this goes for housing market, too), and when American’s are destitute, unable to regain these things, we have these Muslims brought into the country, who amazingly have money, buy up these things and... basically take over.
I was talking to a guy who worked at Lowes in Kentucky and when I mentioned that he did not sound like he was from around there he said he was from Chicago.
He owned a chain of laundromats and got tired of all the regulations, fees, licenses, etc. He sold out and bought a place “at the end of the road” in the woods in rural Kentucky and got a job as Lowes working the floor.
When he told me this I thought, wow, he really did go Galt.
Meanwhile, I start my “going Galt” job in Kentucky in two weeks. Interestingly, we leave Seattle on August 2nd, the day things may really get “interesting”.
I shut our business down about 10 years ago because of all the hassles.
I work part time by myself and do just fine.
Galt had a good idea.
May I ask why you chose Kentucky? We have lived in the NW most of our lives, we are getting so sick of the politics/mentality of this area.
Long thread I just bumped to the top on this same guy -
Doesn’t sound far fetched to me. I wouldn’t put anything past them.
RobRoy, good luck!
Congratulations! You’ve been working toward Kentucky for a while, I know. Blessings to you and yours.
Don’t go Galt. Become a parasite. Really.
Look for where the government is pouring out the money — the printed money — the tax money — and scoop it up. Buy silver and guns with it. Use the energy being dissipated by our dying America to prepare for the rebirth.
You’re moving to Kentucky from Seattle? Why Kentucky?
We had a successful construction business in the NW for many years and shut down in 2004 - for various reasons - one of the big ones was the unions.
Anyway, long story short - both my husband and I now work as independent contractors for billionaires. Happiness is No More Employees!!!! Wonder what happened to our former employees who were cheating on their time, plotting against us, siphoning our gas, etc? Since the segment of the business we were in is now practically dead I bet they’re longing for the good old days. HA!
Kentucky is a great state along as you stay away from those Amish Terrorists, make sure they are not wearing their hats backwards.
There’s no doubt, my friend, we’re in the twilight zone. Anything is possible—all bad—when Marxism is on the march.
Thanks very much! I was just showing one of my workmates a picture we took out our window there while we were eating breakfast. Three turkeys wondered in front of our front porch.
Turns out we have about 30 of them nesting on our property.
We’re so excited about this move we are beside ourselves. It is like starting a completely new life. I guess, in a real way, that is exactly what it is.
Without thinking of “going Galt” I was well on my way toward that about 10 years ago. Once the house was paid off my expenses would be nigh unto nil, and I was raised on self-sufficient grow-your-own sensibilities, so at last “dropping out” (I was way too young to “retire”) was possible.
Then I met her, got hitched, moved, and had kids.
Not an option at this point.
You sound like me.
My best friend and ex-pastor moved out there five or six years ago. My wife works for Alaska Airlines (through next weekend, anyway) so we fly a LOT, being empty nesters. Even though we take a lot of advantage of what the Seattle area has to offer - feeding the seagulls at Ivars, hitting Pike place market before six a.m on saturdays, bicycle commuting, wandering the “little towns” within Seattle like West Seattle, Freemont, Ballard, Columbia City, etc. - we just got tired of the constantly increasing congestion, the ridiculously liberal politics, and the attitudes (as many have noticed, people in other cities are friendly, while people in Seattle are “polite”).
Anyway, of all the places we have visited, the area by our friends house was the first we ever visited that we actually thought we might like to live in. The area is breathtakingly beautiful and the people are unbelievably friendly (and sincere). And the feeling increased with each trip. After about six trips, we found a place that embodied everything we like about the place, and got it for LESS THAN ONE YEAR’S WAGES! The home (small, but very well done and new) and 13 acres costs us only $500 a YEAR in real estate taxes! The roads around this place are what Seattle area bike trails aspire to be. I ramble though.
I’m putting together a youtube video of stills and short videos we’ve taken at the property and on the long drives to the property. I’ll post a thread here to link to it when I complete it.
BTW, if it had not been Kentucky, we were considering Wyoming. I don’t know if we would have gone for all that wind, though...
BTW, I have been in the Seattle area since 1966.
Yeah. My wife and I met 14 years ago (just celebrated our 13th anniversary) and it was a brand new start for both of us. Between us we had six kids from previous marriages (her husband died of leukemia at 27 and mine divorced me “out of the blue” after 20 years). Our youngest moved out roughly 6 years ago. We’ve rented ever since we got married so moving was a piece of cake.
A lot of people don’t know this, but statistically, wages are higher in areas where more people rent. It is because renters can easily move to where the jobs and money are. Owning a home is a ball and chain, not that it does not have other advantages.
The whole muslim thing may be a bit much. However, you could be onto something here. If I’m not mistaken, Germany used seized real estate to pay off all their war debts. Obama could do something similar in America if left un-checked.
Good idea leaving the Puget Sound area. We did it back in ‘99 when we picked up stakes and moved to north Idaho.
Going to get exceedingly ugly in Puget Sound area once the cheese and kibbles stop coming for the rats and the raccoons. As they inevitably will.
Wait’ll T-Mobile shuts down next spring. They have a huge presence in Bellevue.
One straw at a time, and eventually the camel’s back breaks.
That's basically Tom Baugh's philosophy as he describes it in his Starving the Monkeys. Galt's Gulch today is a state of mind and a plan of action.
The metaphor that comes to mind is that of a glass rod under tension. Everything looks fine until it doesn’t. Then - SNAP!
>>The metaphor that comes to mind is that of a glass rod under tension. Everything looks fine until it doesnt. Then - SNAP!<<
Yeah. Your metaphor reminds me of this:
>>Kentucky is a great state along as you stay away from those Amish Terrorists,<<
We’ll be getting our bulk foods from one of their stores. We watch them like hawks, though. :-)
Yep - the One Hour meltdown. A real possibility.
My dad lives in Florence, KY for the time being and is recently retired. A few years ago he bought some land in Central Kentucky for his retirement property. When they did the land survey, appraisal, and titlework, etc., the deed said “10 acres, more or less.” (There’s a large spring-fed pond on his property that crosses into his neighbor’s property.) He did some reseach and found that that is how they estimate things there. I don’t know if he meant in that county or in KY, but he said it went back to the days of Daniel Boone. Did your deed say anything similar?
Have you met your closest neighbors? My dad said it took quite a while to meet his. They are fiercely private and shun outsiders. He held a large BBQ and posted signs to invite everyone within 100 acres. The immediate two property owners came over with food and once they figured out he was “good people,” they sent the kids out on 4-wheelers to fetch everyone else. Pretty soon, there were 100 people there with food enough for 300 because everyone brought something.
From then on, he couldn’t stop the stream of people coming by to welcome him. They all literally stop in the middle of the road and roll down their windows to say hello when they pass each other headed to/from “town.” When one needs a hand, they all help. They help each other birth calves, hang tobacco to dry in their barns, repair fences, clear brush, etc. My dad was a pipefitter, so he’s the resident emergency plumber. They don’t pay each other, they just share the workload when help is needed knowing that they can call on each other as needed.
Just two weeks ago, after passing through Yellowstone via Cody, we drove the "Sweet 16" highway through Ten Sleep Canyon.....I thought that area was more stunning than Yellowstone itself.
In my case, I got to know my neighbors really fast. Almost everyone within a mile is now a close personal friend. And I am completely with you on the good people part. I’ve lived in Seattle all my adult life and never had friends like these. Not even close. Oh, and when we came to town last year with our moving van, one of them graded our driveway to get us up and another used his tractor to pull our truck up. And did I mention the free vegetables?
I feel like one of them in a very real way. I just hope I can return all the favors some day.
Yeah, I gotta tell you everything is a lot greener this year than it usually is. Sure is pretty though.
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