It amazes me that people believe that they can tax and regulate themselves into prosperity. Ask any proponent of this philosophy to explain the basics of how it works and their eyes will glaze over as if they had just snorted a line of pure mescaline. Usually, though, the question is met with the recipient valiantly attempting to explain the virtues of leveling the playing field by taxing the rich, saving the planet by punishing achievers, and guaranteeing outcomes by curbing individual freedoms. But defending the notion that government gets to call the shots concerning lives, liberties and pursuits of happiness is a tough sell. Eventually, the great guardian of the cause will become frustrated over the magnitude of the endeavor and lapse into a tirade that ultimately blames Bush, Jesus or both. As the church lady used to say, "how convenient".
And the truly insidious aspect of all this is that Americans are accepting this arrangement without so much as a whimper. Every time I see the scene in Animal House where Chip Diller is spanked as part of Omega's initiation, I can't help but think - that's us. We have become a nation of "thank you sir may I have another" sycophants eagerly awaiting the next governmental paddling. Pretty soon we'll be perpetually bent over begging for more taxes, more regs, more income redistribution, more earmarks, more bailouts...more misery.
Going Galt seems the natural progression of action for free thinking people. The alternative is to develop a glassy eyed stare and babble incoherently about the need for change; while ignorantly disregarding the aberration of freedom that comes with said change. From wherever she is, Ayn Rand is saying in a voice made raspy by cigarette smoke, "I told you so".