Skip to comments.John Galt's Advice to Obama
Posted on 09/09/2011 8:47:45 AM PDT by Kaslin
Get out of the way. With this statement, John Galt articulated the simple and necessary policy solution to the disastrous centrally-planned economy in Atlas Shrugged. Its also sage advice that President Obama should consider before he unveils his latest jobs plan before the Joint Session of Congress tonight.
This advice is strikingly prescient as our nations economy moves ever-closer to mirroring the calamitous state of affairs that befell society in Rands novel.
During his two and half years in office, Obama has crushed the labor market with a pro-statist agenda, which includes ObamaCare, the stimulus package, coziness to Big Labor, crony capitalism, and green-energy initiatives.
Of these policies, ObamaCare poses the biggest obstacle to job creation. If its found constitutional, the employer-mandate, and thousands of pages of regulations and bureaucratic mandates will hammer businesses with exorbitant compliance costs. Making matters worse, the pending legal challenges are causing uncertainty that leaves the business community stagnant. Its nearly impossible for businesses to plan for the future when they have no way of predicting the structure of their healthcare plan.
Obamas deep reliance on crony capitalism is another major hindrance to economic growth. During his administration, Obamas campaign contributors and favored industries have been the primary recipients of governments largess. This approach has lead to massive spending with very little results.
Take the solar firm Solyndra as an example. As part of the administrations goal to create green jobs, Solyndra was able to secure two loan guarantees worth more than $545 million dollars since 2009. Yet despite the administrations best effort to pick a winner in the market place, Sylondra recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy leaving 1,100 workers unemployed and costing American taxpayers over half of a billion dollars.
But the administrations partnership with big-business doesnt end there. After setting a goal of putting one million electric cars on the road by 2015, the central-planner-in-chief is working hard to meet this arbitrary deadline. The government subsidized the manufacturing of Government Motors Chevy Volt to the tune of $400 million. In addition, they offered a $7,500 tax credit to consumers as an incentive to buy this outrageously expensive car. Yet again, the presidents effort to micromanage the economy failed. In July, GM sold only 125 Volts proving that Americans are voting against the presidents agenda with their wallets.
Obama also selected Jeffrey Immelt as the chairperson of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Immelt is the CEO of General Electric which hasnt paid a penny in income taxes in over two years and has benefited from the governments ban on incandescent light bulbs. Prior to the ban, GE had invested in Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) which it earns higher profit margins on by manufacturing in China.
Finally, one of the most blatant examples of Obamas job destruction is his close relationship to labor unions. Through a recess appointment, Obama appointed radical labor advocate, Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Becker former Associate General Counsel for the SEIU now sits on the NLRB which is supposed to be an objective arbitrator of labor disputes. Because of other similar appointments by Obama, the NLRB recently delivered one of the most egregiously reckless labor decisions in history forbidding Boeing to create a new plant in South Carolina. At a time when the unemployment rate exceeds 9 percent, this decision is unconscionable. Nevertheless, its the Obama agenda.
From a philosophical perspective, John Galt and Barack Obama are polar opposites. But the two figures do share one commonality: destruction. John Galt succeeded in destroying the economy by convincing the wealth creators to strike; Barack Obama is destroying wealth and prosperity through a flood of statist policies.
During the past several years, it has been common for tea partiers to hold up signs asking, Who is John Galt? But maybe they are asking the wrong question. Perhaps we should modernize this saying to reflect the true wealth destroyer in America. Today, the more salient question is: Who is Barack Obama?
Wasn’t it “go back to Kenya”?
Obama has crushed the labor market.
Looks like he wants the USA to be more like China,the gov runs everthing.
“Government ain’t good for anything except gettin’ in a man’s way.”
Who said it?
It would seem that that over the past couple decades the Chinese have become freer while we have ever-increasing government control.
Doesn’t China have a lower corporate tax?
:: Get out of the way. With this statement, John Galt articulated the simple and necessary policy solution ::
I believe Mr. Galt actually said “Get the Hell out of the way!”
Why should we listen to what John Galt has to say? He was wrong. This is not something that one can simply turn their backs on. Oppressive and intrusive government is not some benign thing that will quietly go away when starved. It is a ravenous monster that will destroy even more, as it thrashes about, desperately searching for food.
Mosters can not be ignored; they must be destroyed.
It’s why they loan us money,see Obama&Co.
I don't think this characterization is accurate. The destruction was already underway and destined to succeed. Galt merely convinced the wealth creators to stop delaying its arrival.
There was absolutely nothing that Galt or the other wealth creators could have done to save the system. The system will self correct after a sustained period of suffering and painful adjustment.
In the book, they had somewhere to go. We do not, so you are correct in that we cannot ignore this.