Ok, Let's get the ball rolling: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand, is a must read if you plan to spend any time around here. Also you should know that I am a great fan of radio talk-show host Neal Boortz. Forget political correctness, the nicety of being polite, or even the admirable goal of tolerance, some things are just so wrong that you can't mince words. Sometimes you just have to "call a spade a spade". .. >>>

Starting with the book "Atlas Shrugged". This is supposed to be a fictional story, published in 1957.  It is all about the philosophy that it is the entrepreneurial efforts of men of capitalism that makes a society a success vs. the  collectivist concepts of government socialism being the engine that carries a society to its highest levels. Yes it is intended to make a point. But the problem is ... the extreme exaggerations the author used to make her points are not so extreme in today's political environment. You have to read the book to see what I mean. It will scare the hell out of anybody not on welfare.

To briefly illustrate one example ... at one point in the story when the economy and the nation's productivity are going to hell in a handbasket, due to government confiscation and interference, the government places "regulation compliance monitors" into the offices of the major industries to ensure they are being good citizens" and are doing as they are told. Every aspect of their business operations are mandated and overseen by these "compliance monitors". Of course, no one in government can understand why things continue to deteriorate at an even more rapid pace. Can you say "Pay Czar"? Or "Regulation Czar"?

Of course my perspective could be all wrong. And the storyline of "Atlas Shrugged" could be total entertainment fiction. But can you name one government program that has operated within its proposed budget or achieved its mandated purpose? Social Security? Medicare/Medicaid? USPS? How about a government program that's supposed to help segments of national productivity succeed? What about the USDA and its farm subsidies to help small farmers? Nope, small farmers are becoming extinct while corporate farming operations are getting billions in government subsidies.  Fannie Mae - Freddie Mac, the Railroads? (we pay an additional $42 dollars to Amtrac for every passenger ticket they sell) And on, and on

But back to the book. You gotta read this one. And if you don't see the similarities with today's government policies - you're an idiot!

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