"Mr. Rearden," said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm, "if you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders-what would you tell him to do?"
"I . . . don't know. What . . . could he do? What would you tell him?"
Everyone needs to go see Atlas Shrugged
Obama: “You think we’re stupid?”
I’d explain to Barry that there is an epistemological difference between thinking and knowing, but I don’t think he’d get it.
“Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.”
Saw this little gem from a few people on Facebook. Liberals are so fun when they don’t deal in reality. Let’s deal with the list: Teachers. They weren’t to blame. It wasn’t, like, their job to make sure the American public would have enough intelligence, knowledge, and reasoning skills to make sure none of this ever happens…oh wait it was. But they were more worried about their cushy tenure and salary schedule to ever be bothered with little things like, oh, teaching. Public Employees didn’t wipe out my 401k? Really? How about they spent and spent and spent on worth public employee salaries and compensation and retirement plans so that after I was taxed to death I had no money to put in my 401k. I took out my money early, because I saw what was coming, and I got every single dime I put in (not counting that money the IRS stole in penalties, but that would be the fault of those public employees at the IRS and in Congress). Public employees/Unions supported the government pushing the mortgage companies and FANNIE MAE/FREDDIE MAC to make it possible for all people to own homes – or in other words giving loans to those who do not qualify for the loans and that in turn was the start to the destruction of the economy and the stock market crash. Also since my taxes are so high because I must pay for the public employees high salaries and compensation I had no extra money to put in my 401K to begin with. And how much TARP money went to state project s which paid state public employees…last time I checked, a lot. And last time I looked it was stupid interference and regulation carried out by public employees that drove the market up up up into the realm of insanity and stupid interference and regulation that caused it to crash. Was private business to blame too? Yes, yes they were. They didn’t have to participate in loans the government was forcing on them, oh wait they did—okay let me rephrase that, they didn’t have to go as insane as they did (although when the government outlawed reasonable business practices, businessmen thinking they’ll get theirs while they can is not an unforeseeable side effect). But business stupidity is certainly to blame. But it was aided by corporate welfare, bad regulation, bad oversight and bad interference. So yes, public employees were to blame with their Union support. Planned Parenthood. Again taking taxpayer dollars…and doing some really questionable things with it. NPR and PBS takes taxpayer money and produces content no one in their right mind would pay for it if it wasn’t “free” in the immediate gratification sense. To hell with taking a onetime theft of TARP, they’ve been ripping us off for years! And I seriously doubt that the executive over at PBS and NPR are clipping coupons and pinching pennies so does it really matter if they’re taking an extra bonus off your dime or just ripping you off with their base salaries. (Oh, and again a lot of those bonuses that went to Wall Street was because it was stated in their contract that they would get the end of year “bonus” based on their work level. It was required by their contract. It wasn’t like a bonus in other fields. I know liberals have problems with the idea that contract law sacrosanct, but it is, if the company is still in business it had to give their employees that money as part of their compensation.) And again NPR and PBS supported the government forcing the mortgage world to give away loans to unqualified people and that caused the market crash and ecomomic problems. Now the only thing I can’t lay directly at the feet of those groups is the BP spill…that would the be environmentalists who are to blame. The environmentalists who shouted for years that we couldn’t drill near the shore line because that would be too dangerous. Yeah, cause if we drilled near the shore line the pipe would be 50 feet below sea level and it would have takeen all of 2 hours to get down there and seal it off. Somehow I fail to see how EPA regulation that pushed the drilling platforms so far out into the gulf helped the environment…oh wait those regulations were enforced by public employees. And are you forgetting that Public Employee Unions , PBS , NPR and Planned Parenthood all supported the Democratic Party, the ability for people unable to pay loans to have houses they could not afford and the obvious impending crash that ensued along with all the environmental rules? I guess that list of people who aren’t to blame, really are to blame. May I suggest everyone on that list take a very long walk off …., well you get the idea. Admittedly, there are other people responsible for these problems as well. There is no denying that. The last two decades of Presidents and Congresses come to mind. The Fed. The bureaucracy (oh wait, those are those damn public employees). The Unions. And most of all the voting public for asking to be given everything they ever wanted, without having to work for it, and not ever having to pay for it and then electing people who promised them these mythical gifts without cost or effort. The voting public who has allowed these idiots be put in power; the voting public who allowed the expansion of the a bureaucracy of public employees; the voting public who tolerated inferior teachers; the voting public who allowed their children to soak up crap like Sesame Street; the voting public who allow the environmentalist to doom the gulf because it made them feel good; the voting public who keeps getting fatter and fatter and expects someone else to pay their medical bills; the voting public who stood willfully ignorant as Congress set up a disastrous economy, who spent themselves into debt and expected the government to pick up the tab for their bad investment in bad banks; the voting public who didn’t not demand the immediate recall (and prosecution) of anyone who voted for TARP. The voting public. “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”