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Who Is Wesley Mouch?
Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2010 | John Stossel

Posted on 01/06/2010 4:49:34 AM PST by Kaslin

omorrow, my Fox Business Network show about Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" will finally air. That should stop the emails like this one from Karen Cooper:

"Oh for the love of god! 'Atlas Shrugged' explains about 99 percent of what's wrong in all of the arenas of topics: health care, education, climate change, unions, the economy, etc. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE cover 'Atlas.'"

Cooper makes a good point. Even though Rand published "Atlas" in 1957, her descriptions of intrusive and bloated government read like today's news. The "Preservation of Livelihood Law" and "Equalization of Opportunity Law" could be Nancy Pelosi's or Harry Reid's work.

The novel's chief villain is Wesley Mouch, a bureaucrat who cripples the economy with endless regulations. This sounds familiar. Reason magazine reports that "as he looks around Washington these days," Rep. Paul Ryan "can't help but think he's seeing a lot of Wesley Mouch".

Me, too. I also saw a lot of him under George W. Bush.

So I'm conducting this unscientific poll: Who is our Wesley Mouch? Hank Paulson? Tim Geithner? Barney Frank? You can vote here.

Personally, I think Chris Dodd's ridiculous financial proposals ought to win him the honor. But he isn't among the choices on Fox's list. As I write this, Geithner, President Obama and Barney Frank lead the voting.

My first guest on the show (FBN, 8 p.m. Eastern Thursday, repeating at 10 p.m. Friday) is BB&T Chairman and "Atlas" fan John Allison. Allison's bank, the ninth largest in America, is doing very well, but he's angry the government forced him to take TARP money (http://tinyurl.com/lguje9).

Allison once told The New York Times, "To say man is bad because he is selfish is to say it's bad because he's alive."

I'll pack the audience with some "Atlas" haters. That shouldn't be hard. My daughter's boyfriend offers up his Yale classmates. Many "liberals" agree with the "South Park" episode in which one character said that "because of this piece of s--t, I am never reading again." Rand brings out ferocious hatred in some people.

Also, I'll get a fish pedicure. Really.

This is a dubious Turkish idea that's become popular in Asia and is now trying for a foothold (pun intended) here. Instead of scraping dead skin off their feet, people have little garra rufa fish gently chew on them.

Fourteen states have banned fish pedicures, claiming they are unsafe, and other local governments have proposed bans. OK, compared to the assault on entrepreneurship described in "Atlas Shrugged," this is sort of a dumb example, but look -- I work in television -- dumb examples can make good points.

The bureaucrats say the fish can't be sterilized without killing them. They say customers will get infections. People could die! It's not safe! And it's cruel to the fish!

Has anyone died? Can you refer me to someone who got an infection? Anyone? The bureaucrats' answer is always no. But it's better to be cautious, they say.

In fact, the free market sorts such things out far more efficiently than bureaucrats. It's just not good business to hurt your customers. My 30 years of consumer reporting taught me that businesses rarely do this, and -- here's the market's self-regulation -- those that do don't stay in business long. That's not a perfect system, but it's much better than central planning. Had today's bureaucrats been in charge decades ago, they would have banned things like aspirin, cars and airplanes.

Sadly, they are in charge now. That makes the "Atlas" message important today.

Although Rand idolizes businessman in the abstract, "Atlas Shrugged" makes clear that she (like Adam Smith) understood that they are not natural friends of free markets. They are often first in line for privileges bestowed by the state. That's called "crony capitalism," and that's what Orren Boyle practices in "Atlas." After my "Atlas Shrugged" show, I plan a show on that subject. Suggestions invited.

I don't want to be controlled by business any more than I want to be regulated by Nancy Pelosi or Wesley Mouch.

I want the freedom to make my own choices.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; fbn; stossel

1 posted on 01/06/2010 4:49:34 AM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 01/06/2010 4:49:56 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

I love the villain names in her novels, Wesley Mouch or Ellsworth M. Toohey. They ring in the ear.


3 posted on 01/06/2010 4:59:05 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Kaslin

Hmmm. My choice, Barney Frank, has finally taken the lead. Go Barney.


4 posted on 01/06/2010 5:01:47 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Kaslin
Atlas Puked...
5 posted on 01/06/2010 5:02:56 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

6 posted on 01/06/2010 5:05:55 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: InterceptPoint

I don’t think Barney Frank is Wesley Mouch. I think he’s more like Ellsworth M. Toohey from The Fountainhead, i.e. the villain who knows he’s destroying all that is good simply because it IS good.


7 posted on 01/06/2010 5:09:24 AM PST by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: Kaslin

Darn it, I don’t get FBN. Maybe it will show up online.


8 posted on 01/06/2010 5:15:01 AM PST by GnuHere
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Interesting who ran in Rand’s mob. Alan Greenspan. She called him “The Undertaker!”


9 posted on 01/06/2010 5:29:49 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: wolfpat
I don’t think Barney Frank is Wesley Mouch. I think he’s more like Ellsworth M. Toohey from The Fountainhead, i.e. the villain who knows he’s destroying all that is good simply because it IS good.

I agree with you but he was the best choice from those offered up by Stossel.

10 posted on 01/06/2010 5:32:11 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Publius
fyi

It appears that Stossel's show on FBN airs Thursday at 8:00 Eastern.

11 posted on 01/06/2010 5:34:11 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Freedom from fat cat greedy Big Government tyranny IS a Right ... It IS the Constitution.)
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To: Chode
"Atlas picked up a battle axe and started laying about him on the floor of the joint Congress"...

A guy can dream can't he?

12 posted on 01/06/2010 5:34:53 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III, Oathkeeper)
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To: N. Theknow

For 12 you have been asking...

I am John Galt...


13 posted on 01/06/2010 5:37:54 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: N. Theknow

For 12 years you have been asking...

I am John Galt...

(fixed it)


14 posted on 01/06/2010 5:38:35 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Her close followers had definite similarities to other cultists in their veneration of Rand. That said, Rand had a lot useful to say against collectivism and its supporters. Rand gets on, and beyond, their last nerve.

When Stossel says: "..Many "liberals" agree with the "South Park" episode in which one character said that "because of this piece of s--t, I am never reading again." Rand brings out ferocious hatred in some people." I believe it.

15 posted on 01/06/2010 5:43:11 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: wolfpat

While there is much talk about making Rand’s Atlas chronicle into a movie “The Fountainhead” was made into one staring Gary Cooper. What I remember of the (B&W) flick as a kid of 12-13 some 60 years or so years ago was “Coop” blowing up some buildings because he as the architect was forced to compromize his design. If I see it as a DVD or (even tape) on sale for 50 cents in some Goodwill or similar second hand store will pick it up and re-review it and revise any previous opinion .
http://www.theusmat.com/


16 posted on 01/06/2010 5:45:16 AM PST by mosesdapoet ( What did Obama's UK's first trip and his curious entourage of 500 cost US ?)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I re-read the book this past winter (perfect for a maine winter).

This past summer I changed the name of my VICTORY garden to the;

.....JOHN GALT MEMORIAL GARDEN...


17 posted on 01/06/2010 6:35:27 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: Kaslin
Easy one:

THE MEDIA are Wesley Mouch.
18 posted on 01/06/2010 7:06:17 AM PST by hemogoblin (Obama - The Potentate of Parasites)
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To: Kaslin; Republican Extremist; Boucheau; betsyross60; kalee; shezza; fanfan; wfu_deacons; ...
Who is Wesley Mouch? Vote here

STARVE THE BEAST!

Atlas Shrugged ping!

19 posted on 01/06/2010 9:01:58 AM PST by jellybean ( Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...
John Stossel's show on Atlas Shrugged airs Thursday, January 7, at 5 PM Eastern, on Fox Business.
20 posted on 01/06/2010 11:06:12 AM PST by Publius
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...

8 PM Eastern. (My fault.)


21 posted on 01/06/2010 11:07:24 AM PST by Publius
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To: Publius

Thanks, Pub.


22 posted on 01/06/2010 11:09:58 AM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Publius

Thank you!


23 posted on 01/06/2010 11:14:23 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Publius

Thanks !


24 posted on 01/06/2010 11:19:56 AM PST by JMJJR ( Newspeak is the official language of Oceania)
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To: JMJJR

Soros is Mouch. He is the one who is really running things.


25 posted on 01/06/2010 1:42:20 PM PST by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: Kaslin

My personalized “John Galt” license lates have been approved by the “state”(of course) and should arrive shortly.


26 posted on 01/06/2010 2:30:46 PM PST by radioone (Alinskys rules for radicals: Ridicule is a better tactic than argument.)
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To: Dead Corpse
roger that...
27 posted on 01/06/2010 2:52:53 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

Objectivist BTTT


28 posted on 01/06/2010 4:41:27 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
When Stossel says: "..Many "liberals" agree with the "South Park" episode in which one character said that "because of this piece of s--t, I am never reading again."

Of course, it was the illiterate nincompoop, Officer Barbrady, that said it just after learning to read.

Officer Barbrady: Yes, at first I was happy to be learning how to read at the traveling bookmobile. It seemed exciting and magical, but then I read this: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of s**t, I am never reading again.

29 posted on 01/06/2010 4:59:33 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Publius

Thanks for the heads up!


30 posted on 01/06/2010 5:13:07 PM PST by Indy Pendance (Gone Galt)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent. Here is hoping it will be worth the time.
Thank you for the heads up.

Tatt


31 posted on 01/06/2010 7:12:43 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: InterceptPoint

Stossel didn’t create the poll. He would have picked Dodd.


32 posted on 01/07/2010 8:00:59 AM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards,com)
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To: Vendome

Please stop the motor of the world tomorrow before the stock market opens!


33 posted on 01/07/2010 5:02:05 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Publius

What do you think so far?


34 posted on 01/07/2010 5:38:49 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Kaslin
Who Is Wesley Mouch?

Somebody who's never been in my kitchen.......

35 posted on 01/07/2010 5:40:28 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: Billthedrill

What do you think so far?


36 posted on 01/07/2010 5:41:24 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman

I saved it via DVR. I’ll look at it later tonight or tomorrow.


37 posted on 01/07/2010 5:58:48 PM PST by Publius
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To: Publius

I remembered it and enjoyed watching it very much. Thank you for the update.


38 posted on 01/07/2010 6:12:27 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Vendome

> I am John Galt...

Congratulations on stopping “the motor of the world.”


39 posted on 01/07/2010 6:30:15 PM PST by XEHRpa
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To: Publius

Thanks for the heads up—the show was great and I would have missed it without the notice.


40 posted on 01/07/2010 8:52:34 PM PST by Brasil ( Redistribution is not prosperity.)
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To: Taxman
Saw it. A good show. Stossel hit the key points, and Yuron Brook was on the money, as was the banker.

Characterizing the banker as Dagny was off the mark, however. He was Midas Mulligan.

41 posted on 01/07/2010 9:01:22 PM PST by Publius
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To: XEHRpa

I does whutz I cuuhd!


42 posted on 01/07/2010 11:12:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Kaslin

Yah, Wesley Mouch is Barney Frank, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd... that whole bunch.


43 posted on 01/07/2010 11:16:33 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Kaslin; sickoflibs; rabscuttle385; djsherin
The John Stossel show repeats in approximately five minutes on FBN.

Set your VCR/Tivo/cable box if you can.

44 posted on 01/08/2010 6:56:08 PM PST by logician2u
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To: Publius

I thought it a most worthwhile exercise. I hope he does more shows on the AS theme — it is clear he identifies with Rand.

I agree with you — the banker was Midas Mulligan. I also enjoyed listening to Nick Gillespie, Reason Mag editor. He was, IMHO, very thoughtful and very well spoken.


45 posted on 01/08/2010 8:47:50 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Kaslin

On point.


46 posted on 01/13/2010 5:53:16 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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