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Posted on 11/10/2012 7:19:10 AM PST by KeyLargo
Barack Obama has already done great damage to this country. He will do much more damage over the next four years
John Galt Calling: Had Enough?
By Doug Patton Thursday, November 8, 2012
They believe in free stuff. We believe in free people. - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, 2012 vice presidential nominee
When I heard Congressman Ryan utter those words during his speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa last summer, I thought they would define the 2012 race for the White House. No statement so clearly describes the deep division between the earners and the takers in this country as we stand on the uneasy precipice of another Obama term. As we all try to analyze the election results, it appears that free stuff won big.
More than half a century ago, author Ayn Rand one of Paul Ryans social and political inspirations saw the dangers of socialism in America. In her 1,100-page opus, Atlas Shrugged, she presciently predicted the direction of the country and the consequences inherent in that course. The book tells the story of how her protagonist, John Galt, has had enough of the leeches who will not work and the bureaucrats who cater to them. Galt recruits the brightest, most productive members of society to go on strike in order to deprive the nations parasites of the support they need to continue redistributing wealth they did not earn.
Now that Obama has won a second four-year term to continue his leftist agenda, one has to wonder just how many of the people who actually pay the bills in this country intend to go John Galt. I personally know a few.
(Excerpt) Read more at canadafreepress.com ...
"The owner of a Japanese restaurant tells one of his employees, who supported Obama, If he wins, you will lose your job. It is not a threat. He simply knows what is coming."
The Takers VS the Makers.
It’s gonna be a good one that’s for sure.
JOLTS - There were 3.4 People Looking for a Job for each
Position Available in September 2012
Submitted by Robert Oak on Tue, 11/06/2012 - 16:27
The BLS September JOLTS report, or Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows there are 3.4* official unemployed per job opening. Opportunities, actual hires and layoffs were all down, showing a stagnant, dead pool job market. While openings decreased by -2.7%, actual hires declined by -5.7%. There were 3,561 million job openings for September, a -2.7% decrease from the previous month of 3,661,000. Openings are still way below pre-recession levels of 4.7 million. Job openings have increased 63% from their August 2009 Mariana Trench trough, yet real hiring is a distant memory and has only increased 14% from June 2009. There were 1.8 persons per job opening at the start of the recession, December 2007. Below is the graph of official unemployed, 12.088 million, per job opening.
Drop in U.S. Job Openings Shows Uneven Labor Market
By Alex Kowalski on November 06, 2012
Job openings in the U.S. dropped to a five-month low in September, signaling uneven progress in the labor market may extend through year-end.
The number of positions waiting to be filled declined by 100,000 to 3.56 million from the prior month, the Labor Department said today in a statement.
From an email I received from Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity...
Recently, I read A.J. Langguth’s book Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution. It tells the story of Samuel Adams and the difficult early years of the Patriot movement as they organized a grassroots movement for liberty against daunting odds: the seemingly invincible British Empire and many Tories loyal to the Crown in the colonies.
In the aftermath of numerous defeats, James Warren who was one of Adams’ trusted allies began to lose heart after one particularly tough canvassing effort across the Massachusetts countryside. He wrote to Adams saying of the Patriot movement, “They are dead and the dead cannot be raised without a miracle.”
Adams simply responded: “Nil desperandum, — Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.”
Human Events Blog
Forward! To mass layoffs!
By: John Hayward
11/8/2012 07:58 AM
Obamanomics grinds grimly onward, as CNBC brings word that on the day after the election, Boeing announced a major restructuring of its defense division on Wednesday that will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California, and consolidate several business units to cut costs. It was sweet of them to keep that under wraps until after the election, wasnt it?
And thats not even the dreaded sequestration layoffs, which Obama broke the law to convince defense contractors to keep under wraps until after the election. Those are yet to come. The upside to living in a banana Republic with Party-dominated media is that life is full of unexpected surprises, to use the word that has come to dominate economic news in the Obama era.
Another round of layoffs announced on Wednesday came from Hawker Beechcraft, which announced it would close facilities in Arkansas, Arizona, and Texas, resulting in 400 jobs lost, while another 170 jobs would be cut from corporate offices in Kansas and Arkansas.
Also on the day after the election, the CEO of the Papa Johns pizza restaurant chain, John Schnatter, told a small community college audience in Florida that ObamaCare would likely result in cuts to employee hours by franchise owners seeking to escape the laws mandates by eliminating full-time positions, a move he described as common sense and lose-lose.
Schnatter also predicted ObamaCare would add between $5 million and $8 million to his business costs (which is fine, because hes an evil rich guy who supported Mitt Romney for president, and we all know that truly patriotic job creators happily pay for increased business costs out of their own pockets) and that it would add 10 to 14 cents to the cost of his pizzas, which is a bummer, but under Obamanomics theory is totally unrelated to the process of extracting that fair share from idle plutocrats. Then he headed off to help out with a telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims and write the Red Cross a million-dollar check, but we all know that private charity is irrelevant, as only Big Government can save us from big storms.
The Huffington Post relays the thoughts of Fox Business Network corresponded Charlie Gasparino, who says Wall Street executives are in mourning after Obamas re-election, because they know that Wall Street is going to lay off a lot more people. About 10,000 of them by the end of the year, in fact, if the New York state comptrollers estimate is accurate. Its not a big deal though, because those people are evil. Everyone knows that investment capital and consumer loans should be redistributed by selfless government agencies, not greedy bankers....
November 09, 2012
OBAMA REELECTION TRIGGERS MASSIVE LAYOFFS ACROSS AMERICA
The Ship of State
Strait times come in history. Our time is such a time, millennial, full of fast currents, tossing, eddied, dangerous to pass through. — John Fowles, The Aristos”
The thing is under the boat. The crew suspects as much but can’t know for sure exactly where it is. They won’t know where Leviathan is until it rises, inevitable and unstoppable, from the deep directly beneath them.
Can you feel it lurking just under the surface? I can and I think you can as well. The Greeks knew it as “Nemesis.” Melville’s Ahab knew it as “thou damned whale” and he struck at it from Hell’s heart. Unperturbed it gathered him up and took him down. Then it took the boat and after that the ship. All save one followed. The whale beneath the surface of America’s life is still there and all signs point to its breaching soon. Exactly where and exactly how are still unknown, but soon.
I feel the thing beneath the boat and I think others of my fellow citizens in ever growing millions feel it as well. We do not feel good about it and what it augers for the near and far future.
The jobs are not coming back. To know that you need to get off the inter-states; off the scenic blue highways that lead to your summer beach retreats. You need to get into the towns that have been passed by; the towns whose main industry has become food stamps and “assistance.” These towns are growing in number daily and will continue to grow.
There is no work in these towns. The factories that supported them are long dead or dying. They, like the people they supported, are carbon based life forms and the strange insects that govern us seem to be united in making sure they never return. The checks and the food stamps come, but that’s not enough to paint the houses or put in the gardens or do much more than eat too many pizzas and drink too much watery beer. The young would leave but more and more there’s no place to go. They spend their time instead deciding on what sort of new tattoo will go well with the previous twenty.
The building of new houses and malls and condos and other large construction projects are not coming back. And even if they did where would we find the workers trained to build them? Old carpenters have moved on to making a living at something other than construction. There’s not enough work to bring young ones onto the job and help them to master the skills needed. When a nation stops building it stops having the jobs that can train the next generation of builders. Mexicans, working cheap and off the books, are still in some demand, but there’s a limit to repainting and the kind of minor brickwork that makes for a pleasant garden.
The money isn’t coming back except at something worth less with every passing day. It begins to seem like mere slips of paper or a meaningless string of numbers that always seems to decrease. The stock market moves in fits and starts but doesn’t seem to inspire the confidence needed to boost what once was the middle class. The debt looms ahead and consumes everything even as the argument is over whether or not to increase the debt rather than pay it down.
It’s large and it’s under the boat and it is beginning to rise. The crew is confused and flailing about. And the captain is insane but convinced he’s on the right course. During the boom years it was commonly said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” True enough, but the rising of Leviathan can break the spine of our boat and send it down into the Maelstrom. And the thing is under the boat.
Going Galt requires a Galt’s Gulch.
It’s areuirement that is has a large military and a thousand nukes or so and the will to use them, or it’s no point.
Israel may be your best option.
November 7, 2012
Going John Galt
Many of us are numb today. Numb with the implications of what happened last night. Numb with dread.
Endless days and countless lines of print will be expended in the post mortem of the election, from a conservative perspective. Romney’s failures and shortcomings will be examined with electron microscopes. Why didn’t he do this? Shouldn’t he have done that? “For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these...”
But these things don’t really amount to much. Because the real reason for our election results were neatly summarized by Bill O’Reilly at about 7:00 last night, as the faint shape of events to come began to emerge.
“The people want stuff — they like politicians to tell them they can have stuff.”
And that about sizes it up. The majority of the electorate, even many who voted for Romney, will base their vote on protecting or acquiring “stuff” — goods or perquisites to which they feel entitled by virtue of rights or precedent. The feckless “Obamaphone” enthusiasts and the otherwise responsible, kindly grandmother make common cause in “revenge” voting when they sense or are told their stuff is threatened.
Good. I’m all for businesses doing what they have to do. Elections have consequences, we are repeatedly told, so let the chips fall where they may. Just be ready to pick up the pieces after the collapse. The pendulum does swing the other direction after awhile.
Where is our Galt’s Gulch? Suggestions? You can produce a lot of food in East Tennessee, and the area is already full of liberty-minded people. Then there’s the inland empire of the Pacific Northwest. How about southern Missouri/northern Arkansas? Determine Galt’s Gulch, and fill it will entrepreneurs and farmers and people that can ‘fix things’...
You can’t go Galt if you can’t defend your Gulch.
In the US, you’ll simply be overrun in a Stalinist purge.
“Atlas Shrugs” is fiction. And long and boring in parts. However, in her fiction writings, Ayn Rand tapped into gold. Humans will always defend their self interest. These companies are making their decisions based on the most primal of human instincts...survival.
When liberals talk about people voting and protecting their self interests..ie. voting for more government handouts, they forgot to factor in those paying for it also will protect their self interests.
The Jefferson quote in the picture is a paraphrase. Jefferson did not exactly write those words.
This is from the Jefferson Monticello site
Quotation: “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
Status: This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears a very vague resemblance to Jefferson’s comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy:
“To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.’”
Yeah right. We have the largest armed militia the world has ever seen. Stalin and Mao together could not over run this country.
I wish it was so.
But it has already been overrun by people who are barely human, and without a shot fired.
Wow. This is so well-written and sad/scary. Rosebud.
Thanks for posting that essay. It may be the most well-written and yet scary piece I have seen on FR in a while.
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