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Ayn Rand Was Right: Wealthy Are on Strike Against Obama
Big Government ^ | June 21, 2011 | Wayne Allyn Root

Posted on 06/22/2011 10:18:02 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The U.S. economy is crumbling. Businesses are collapsing in record numbers. Jobs have disappeared. Tax revenues are down dramatically. Coincidence?

Everything happening today under Obama resembles the storyline of Ayn Rand’s famous book, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most popular books of all time, selling over 7 million copies. Now, under President Obama, Atlas Shrugged has come to life. Rand prophesized a country dominated by socialists, Marxists and statists, where looters, free loaders and poverty promoters live off the productive class. To rationalize the fleecing of innovative business owners and job creators, the looter class demonized the wealthy, just as Obama and his socialist cabal are doing in real life today.

The central plot of Atlas Shrugged is that in response to being demonized, over-taxed, over-regulated, and punished for success, America’s business owners were disappearing — dropping off the grid, and refusing to work 16-hour days to support those unwilling to put in the same blood, sweat and tears. They were going on strike. Because of that the original proposed title of “Atlas Shrugged” was “The Strike.”

They were going on strike to teach that civilization cannot survive when people are slaves to government. That without a productive class of innovative business owners willing to risk their own money and work 16-hour days, weekends and holidays, there are no jobs and no taxes to pay for government. If you punish the wealthy, the risk-takers, the innovators, you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. In Obama’s America, fiction is becoming fact.

The lesson of Atlas Shrugged is that without the $100,000+ earners paying into Social Security, there are no pensions for the poor and lower middle class. Without the wealthy owners of million-dollar mansions paying $25,000 and $50,000 annual property tax bills, there is no funding for public schools. Without the wealthy paying into Medicare, there is no “free” healthcare for the elderly. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no discoveries to eradicate polio or create miraculous cancer and AIDS drugs. Without capitalists motivated by profit, there are no jobs, period! That is what happens when the producers of society go on strike to protect themselves from the looters.

Ayn Rand was warning the looters that there are consequences to their overzealous actions. She was warning that if the productive classes felt used, demonized, ripped off, and taken for granted, they would go on strike — stop working, retire early, go underground, or move to places where achievement is celebrated and they feel appreciated.

The latest U.S. Census proves Ayn Rand right. Under Obama the wealthy are striking, voting with their feet. They are moving to low-tax red states in droves, escaping from high-tax blue states where they are being demonized and punished by the millions.

The Census proves that Obama’s tax and spend philosophy is a dismal failure, an economic disaster killing jobs. It is no coincidence that 1.9 million FEWER Americans are working than before Obama’s stimulus. It is no coincidence that jobs are not returning to the private sector. It is no coincidence that tax revenues have dropped dramatically and cannot support Obama’s bloated Big Brother government. The innovators, risk-takers, and wealthy he demonized and punished are on strike.

The high tech revolution has killed the progressive-liberal tax-and-spend dream. Because of the Internet, email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Satellite TV, I-phones, I-pads, and cell phones, business owners are no longer prisoners of Big Brother. Take a look at states where the latest Census shows Americans moved during the past decade: Nevada, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, Virginia — all low- or no-tax red states, states that lead the USA in economic freedom.

Now look at states they escaped from: New York, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan. Taxpayers, business owners, jobs creators, retirees with assets are fleeing the high tax, big spending, Big Brother states — the states being run like Obama is running the nation.

Progressives be afraid, be very afraid. If Obama is re-elected, these valuable producers will pick up and leave America altogether. There is a big world out there begging them to come. Places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Monte Carlo, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Bahamas, and Cayman Islands are low-tax havens that appreciate business owners and their sacrifices. They welcome wealthy ex-patriots. They celebrate individual achievement. They reward instead of punish business owners and financial risk-takers. They are wonderful places to live and are aggressively pursuing Americans.

I am just one small businessman, a third-party Libertarian political leader. Yet I personally have heard from thousands of fans, friends and supporters who have left America, are thinking of leaving America, are visiting other countries right now to decide where to go, or making preparations to leave in case Obama is re-elected. Just as Ayn Rand predicted, business owners are going on strike. Permanently.

The high tech revolution has freed them to run their businesses from anywhere in the world. The same high tech tools and toys that toppled a powerful and invincible 30-year dictator in Egypt and now threaten to topple powerful leaders throughout the Arab world, also offer mobility and freedom to U.S. taxpayers. Obama better learn the lesson of Mubarek before millions more business people decide they do not need to put up with looters, free loaders, and politicians who despise them.

Atlas is shrugging. Ayn Rand is saying “I told you so.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand; collapse; debt; default; economy; globalism; strike; therich
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There are folks on this forum, as far as I know, who are indeed "going Galt."

More power to them.

1 posted on 06/22/2011 10:18:07 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


2 posted on 06/22/2011 10:19:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (July 23, 2017 - This is Ellis Wyatt. I am on strike.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Without working class and middle class people to buy their products there is no way for heroic capitalists to make money.

Without working class and middle class people to do the dirty work for them there is no way for heroic capitalists to carry out their grand schemes.

In a healthy society, the rich and not so rich help each other. There is value in the contributions of all.


3 posted on 06/22/2011 10:27:59 PM PDT by Route797
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I join you in saying ‘more power to them’.


4 posted on 06/22/2011 10:28:35 PM PDT by Bockscar (Thanks to the Freeper dogcaller for this tag line: --Muslims do not immigrate; they colonize--)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They are not just fleeing the high tax states but the country itself!


5 posted on 06/22/2011 10:29:10 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Many are moving to other places to avoid the death tax.

Obama’s forced insurance for over four employees will vastly increase unemployment and closed businesses.

6 posted on 06/22/2011 10:33:03 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I hope none of these heroic "producers" who run off to places like Hong Kong cry to the evil US government when the Red Chinese or any other sort of international tyrant threatens to toss their productive hides into the gulag.

It seems that when the going gets tough the tough get going. With all our ills, this is still the greatest nation on earth-even for business owners.

7 posted on 06/22/2011 10:34:05 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What good would it do to leave the country? As I understand it, you still have to pay US income tax for 10 yrs after you renounce your US citizenship.


8 posted on 06/22/2011 10:35:58 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

bookmark


9 posted on 06/22/2011 10:37:11 PM PDT by tcrlaf (You can only lead a lib to the Truth, you can't make it think...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Best post I have read all day and maybe all week.


10 posted on 06/22/2011 10:38:42 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Route797

I think you miss the point: the heroic capitalist will go where capital is not abused. Typically, those places also have working and middle class people. It just won’t be American working and middle class.


11 posted on 06/22/2011 10:43:55 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s just common sense business. You don’t increase your risk by expanding when the economy is rocky and the gov is acting so flaky you have no idea what restrictions they will employ tomorrow. The latter all lies at 0bama’s and the Dem’s feet and is the biggest factor.


12 posted on 06/22/2011 10:44:32 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Route797
Hey Goofy, The wealthy are successful former members of the middle and lower classes. What, you like them poor but disparage them when they succeed?

13 posted on 06/22/2011 10:48:27 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: Route797

Of course there is. The rich have capital to invest and the others have labor to contribute. It is a co-dependent system. However, investment capital is the starting point and it flows where returns can be maximized. There is plenty of labor elsewhere in the world to work for the capital.


14 posted on 06/22/2011 10:54:07 PM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: Route797
Without working class and middle class people to buy their products there is no way for heroic capitalists to make money.

They can stop buying products if they want to.

Without working class and middle class people to do the dirty work for them there is no way for heroic capitalists to carry out their grand schemes.

If you think the employees do the dirty work you must not have ever been an employer. If you consider building a business and employing people a "grand scheme" I think you must read more Marx than Ayn Rand.

15 posted on 06/22/2011 11:06:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

16 posted on 06/22/2011 11:13:32 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A quibble: The headline doesn’t reflect the article or Rand’s predictions. Rather than “Wealthy” (which includes Kennedys, Clintons, and now 0bamas), it should really read “Productive” or more accurately yet, “Wealth-Builders” (since many productive workers don’t build wealth).


17 posted on 06/22/2011 11:23:26 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ping


18 posted on 06/22/2011 11:24:52 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: Route797

I suggest that you carefully consider your use of the word “class” in this post.

Why do you believe that lower and middle income people are somehow less capitalistic than wealthier people?

The illegal Mexican fruit vendor on the street corner is a capitalist.

The “green energy” scam artist and high-dollar donor to politicians is not so much.


19 posted on 06/22/2011 11:26:18 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"There are folks on this forum, as far as I know, who are indeed "going Galt.""

Yes, but it's not only the "wealthy." Expect surprises ahead, and enjoy the slide. ;-)


20 posted on 06/22/2011 11:33:08 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in a thunderous avalanche of rottenness heard across the universe.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Obama better learn the lesson of Mubarek before millions more business people decide they do not need to put up with looters, free loaders, and politicians who despise them.

The lesson that Obama learns may not bring the response that Wayne thinks is the correct one. Obama is likely to double down and attempt to go after these people and portray them as traitors - he's already gone after the Swiss bank accounts.

21 posted on 06/22/2011 11:44:39 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Government doesn't create jobs, it only creates expenses.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

With all due respect, Ayn Rand never contemplated the Peoples Republic of China.

The wealthy are not on strike.

They are in bed with communists.


22 posted on 06/22/2011 11:48:04 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: TigersEye

Well said.


23 posted on 06/22/2011 11:54:13 PM PDT by onona (I stand with SARAH !)
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To: onona

Thank you. I appreciate that. His post sounded like Socialism 101 to me. Strange.


24 posted on 06/23/2011 12:00:09 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

In “Atlas Shrugged” it was not the wealthy who were on strike, many of the “Bad Guys” were wealthy, it was the entrepreneur, the creators, who were on strike.


25 posted on 06/23/2011 12:04:33 AM PDT by SeaWolf (Orwell must have foreseen the 21st Century US Congress when he wrote 1984)
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To: TigersEye

“If you think the employees do the dirty work you must not have ever been an employer.”

Then hire me and fire whomever you have working for you.


26 posted on 06/23/2011 12:05:04 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: Route797

LMAO...you should read Rand, Mr. Taggert.


27 posted on 06/23/2011 12:05:53 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: SeaWolf

My point continues:

John Galt no longer owns the factory, or that fantastic motor.

Mr. Zhang manages the factory for the real owner: the politboro.

There is an American name on the front of the factory. That is all.


28 posted on 06/23/2011 12:06:39 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“prophesized” has one more “z” than it needs.


29 posted on 06/23/2011 12:12:30 AM PDT by Misterioso (A liberal is a communist, but too stupid to realize it.)
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Then hire me and fire whomever you have working for you.

Either you're joking or you don't know what I mean.

30 posted on 06/23/2011 12:13:46 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Ayn Rand was warning the looters that there are consequences to their overzealous actions. She was warning that if the productive classes felt used, demonized, ripped off, and taken for granted, they would go on strike — stop working, retire early, go underground, or move to places where achievement is celebrated and they feel appreciated.

This is wrong. Rand's purpose was to encourage producers ("men of the mind") to recognize their right to their own property, to reject the claims of their altruist antagonists and to demand justice from society. In no way is "Atlas Shrugged" meant to be a warning to anyone. She didn't think that way.

31 posted on 06/23/2011 12:22:26 AM PDT by Misterioso (A liberal is a communist, but too stupid to realize it.)
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To: Major Matt Mason
The lesson that Obama learns may not bring the response that Wayne thinks is the correct one. Obama is likely to double down and attempt to go after these people and portray them as traitors - he's already gone after the Swiss bank accounts.

All of which occurs in the book...

32 posted on 06/23/2011 12:23:58 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: TigersEye; Route797

Except for food, I do not have to buy one thing for I don’t know how many years.

Shoes? Check.
Shirts? Check.
Suits? Check.
Shaving, oral hygiene, shampoo, etc, . Check.

In fact, I have stuff I may never use, like a couple of sets of China that I haven’t figure out the proper setting or the many clothes I purchased and tossed in a closet.

That’s the junk but, important stuff like staples....I will not spend a dime in the next two years except as a habit of just buying extra.

If push came to shove and I “Busted down in Baton Rouge” I only have to keep my car on the road and buy food. That’s after I run out of my SHTF supplies which is around 1-2 years. I don’t actually know how many years because the supplies are in various locations and I haven’t inventoried them in about two years.

Hmmmm.... now that I think of it, might be time to take an actual inventory and put in my calendar so I now what I got.

Project for the 4th.


33 posted on 06/23/2011 12:30:22 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Vendome
That is "Going Galt" for the poor man. I've done the same thing. But that is quite beside the point I was making. Business men don't really need the poor or the middle class the way they need businessmen. Everyone has to consume to live but the business man doesn't have to produce if he doesn't profit from his efforts. He can scale back and produce only what he needs.
34 posted on 06/23/2011 12:43:43 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: SeaWolf; TigersEye

Here is a bit of my own “going Galt” story, published in AT in Dec of 08 - which also predicted exactly what has come to pass:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/12/blame_me_for_job_losses.html


35 posted on 06/23/2011 12:56:57 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: giotto
What good would it do to leave the country? As I understand it, you still have to pay US income tax for 10 yrs after you renounce your US citizenship.

Yeah, right. Just send me the bill. I'll be sure to pay it just as soon as I can get around to it.

36 posted on 06/23/2011 1:17:15 AM PDT by Bob
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Wow! That was very prescient of you for 2008. I keep thinking I should not admit to having any marketable skills or pretty soon the 0bama goons will come around and demand that I start a business.


37 posted on 06/23/2011 1:37:35 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Went Galt years ago.


38 posted on 06/23/2011 2:08:37 AM PDT by gigster
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To: TigersEye

I know what you mean. I’ve owned my own business myself.


39 posted on 06/23/2011 2:25:41 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ve “gone Galt” and every patriotic American should do the same.

- do not purchase anything worth over $1000 if possible.

-do not purchase any new vehicles and if needed avoid ALL GM products.

- delay tax payments as long as possible.

- earn only enough to “make your nut” then just shut it down.

-avoid travel by air and vacations to California,New York , Florida , or any place that is liberal ( Seattle).

Take every flier, postage paid ad for New York Times, AARP, GM or any other left wing front then get blank sheet of paper and mail it back.

- cancel as much cable, land line phones, newspaper subscriptions, magazine subscriptions as possible.

-stay home as much as possible and avoid restaurants, theaters and any live music or sporting venue.

In other words. ........ Shut down and hunker down for a year or more.

Good luck all.


40 posted on 06/23/2011 3:03:25 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
There are two classes of people in this country:

Those who work for a living.
Those who vote for a living.

41 posted on 06/23/2011 3:15:49 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: Dick Vomer

That is also called going into a slow roll mode.


42 posted on 06/23/2011 4:12:40 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: SC DOC
nailed it.


43 posted on 06/23/2011 4:23:02 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

from posts to the original article:

“Oh well, another day in hell....... nothing to be done, as always. Talk, talk, talk, talk “ - egosumvernum

i heard this a little over a year ago. 0bama’s justice dept... civil rights division (yes, the same one).

posts like egosumvernum’s are hoping to light a fire.

they hope to goad someone into action... to do something violent while they are in power... so they can act.

best attack against them is... take your chips off the table and refuse to play. let it fail. let it fail hard. very, very hard. it has to. otherwise, the lesson will not be learned and they will continue


44 posted on 06/23/2011 4:30:09 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: I see my hands

You are a lot more polite than I would prefer to be.


45 posted on 06/23/2011 4:30:59 AM PDT by PjhCPA (Born and raised cheesehead....and damn proud of it!)
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To: Route797

go back to DU


46 posted on 06/23/2011 4:31:41 AM PDT by PjhCPA (Born and raised cheesehead....and damn proud of it!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Thank you for the link. Very well written article.


47 posted on 06/23/2011 4:56:23 AM PDT by houeto (Palin/DeMint - 2012!)
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To: giotto

Ask the Americans who are fleeing the USA.


48 posted on 06/23/2011 5:32:48 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SeaWolf

the rent-seekers are alive and well and taking all those government hand outs with both fists


49 posted on 06/23/2011 5:36:09 AM PDT by griswold3 (Character is destiny)
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To: TigersEye
Then hire me and fire whomever you have working for you. Either you're joking or you don't know what I mean.

I read BenKenobi's post to say "if you're doing the dirty work, maybe it's because your employees aren't the "do the dirty work" type, and was saying that he was willing to do the "dirty work" if given a chance".

I was impressed by his post and was hoping to see a job offer in the reply :-)
50 posted on 06/23/2011 5:43:27 AM PDT by stompk
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