Is it Time to go Galt? Some Simple Ways to Avoid Feeding the Beast

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Since our Republic is essentially on it’s deathbed, and Obama’s hand is poised on the plug for the final pull, many are contemplating their role in the new order.  Do we quietly acquiesce, and accept our enslavement, or do we try to sabotage the nanny state by refusing be be sucked dry?  Well, there is a way to legally and ethically resist the beast-it’s called “going Galt.”   If you are unaware  “going Galt” is a reference to Ayn Rand’s prophetic novel, Atlas Shrugged, in which the producers in a future America tire of being vilified and robbed by a nanny state.  Their response was to drop out and refuse to produce, leading to the collapse of the corrupt system.  Reaganite Republican has a good description of what it means to “go Galt.”  

What exactly is ‘Going Galt’?

Think of it as a supply-side Cloward-Piven strategy…

starve the beast, rather than milk-it-dry:

‘Going Galt’ doesn’t simply mean getting angry. That would be “Going Postal.” It means having righteous indignation at the injustice of a political system that bails out individuals and institutions for irresponsible behavior and at the expense of those like you who prosper through hard work and personal responsibly. 

‘Going Galt’ means asking in the face of new taxes and government controls, “Why work at all?” “For whom am I working?” “Am I a slave?” 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you’re being punished not for your vices but for your virtues. 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you have a moral right to your own life, the pursuit of your own happiness, and thus to the rewards you’ve earned with your labor. 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you deserve praise and honor for your achievements rather than damnation as “exploiters.” 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you do not need to justify your life or wealth to your neighbors, “society,” or politicians, or bureaucrats. They’re yours, period! 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that the needs of others do not give them a claim to your time, effort, and achievements. 

‘Going Galt’ means shrugging off unearned guilt, refusing to support your own destroyers, refusing to give them what Ayn Rand termed “the sanction of the victim.” 

It means taking the moral high ground by explicitly rejecting as evil the premise of “self-sacrifice” that they sell to you as a virtue— in fact “self-sacrifice” is an invitation to suicide.

So, now that you know why, what about how?  Well, Reaganite Republican has some tips as to how…

1. Buy used or new via secondary markets. Use Craigslist to find new stuff at less than retail… and you pay no taxes into the system. 

2. Contribute to the secondary market by having a yard sale, you’ve probably got tons of junk you haven’t even seen in years. 

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3. Forget status symbols and keeping-up-with-the-Jones’. Maybe you can afford that nice new car, but you’ll pay A TON of taxes on it. Find a lesser vehicle that makes you happy that feeds the beast less, perhaps one bartered from within the family. 

4. Invest and hold. Avoid taxable capital gains until Jan 2017. 

5. FIX YOUR STUFF instead of replacing it. So many people look at durable possessions as disposable. Take those pants to the tailor, or better yet, get a used sewing machine and fix them yourself. Find someone with a welding machine to fix that patio chair. 

6. Maintain your possessions properly. Clean the dust out of your computer. Keep on top of the car, house, and tools.

7. Plant a garden and grow as much of your own food as possible… and don’t forget spices in your window box, fresh is best anyway.. 

8. Enjoy life more simply. Choose a day at the park over an afternoon at the movies.  Attend a church cookout instead of going to Outback.

9. Speaking of things like the movies – stop going (Ed- I did years ago). Wait for the DVD and rent it for $1 at Redbox. If there is a cheaper option to do something, take that option.

Or – here’s a radical idea – buy used books dirt cheap and READ. 

10. Set up two days a week to run errands. Run them all at once and efficiently instead of wasting money (and taxes) on fuel. If your workplace offers a work-from-home option, TAKE IT. (The ‘green’ Left will love this one, but we’re talking about opportunities to avoid paying taxes into the system, while saving yourself some coin in the process) .

11. Create gifts instead of buying them. 

12. Barter for goods and services under-the-table

13. Avoid all union shops, products, and services

14. If possible, move to a low-tax Red state

15. Lower the amount the feds withhold from your paycheck- just take the maximum allowable deductions. Yes, it may mean you have to ‘pay’ come tax time BUT if just 10% of the people who receive paychecks would do this it would put a severe crimp on the DC cash flow. Just stash the extra cash somewhere and come tax time if you need it to pay Uncle Obama well then you have it.

As you can see, it might be a sacrifice of sorts, but you won’t be feeding the government that wishes to enslave you.  Of course, the choice to “go Galt” is yours to make, but anything you can do to no feed the beast, the better.

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Batboy Named Algae Czar

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DISTRICT OF CRIMINALS — Fresh off blowing hot air at the press about the dire need to move U.S. energy dependence from oil to algae, President Barack Downgrade Obama today took daring steps, naming Batboy as the nation’s first Algae Czar.In his first official decree, Batboy, who has lived openly in public for 27 years as Congresscriminal Henry Waxman from California, announced the president will issue an executive order later today to create the Dental Algae Reclamation Project, to be funded by confiscated tax returns of the 1%.

“Never before in our history has it been more important to explore alternative energy, what with vast deposits of natural gas that must remain in the earth in order to hasten the prophecy of Atlas Shrugged and the successful blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline to appease environmentalist voters in time for the 2012 election,” said WaxmanBatboy, who will continue to serve in Congress, since he doesn’t do anything there in the first place except try to take over the Internet so he can increase his bandwidth for viewing YouPorn videos of himself with The Wicked Witch of Congress.

 The Dental Algae Reclamation Project will mandate that a lottery choose annual dental visits for all Americans, for the scraping of algae from their teeth. WaxmanBatboy said he and the 99% of Occupy Wall Street will be the first in line because they’ve “been storing enough algae in our mouths to fuel the nation for centuries.”

In other news, the Downgrade administration will also empanel a commission to study the efficacy of renewing the horse and buggy as the dominant mode of American transportation, how well fat liposuctioned from Michael Moore could provide fuel for gas lamps in 100 million American homes, and whether Obama darling and failed solar energy company Solyndra can use a new $535 million loan guarantee to convert the dead into food to offset the rising cost of grocery bills.

Solyndra Green is people!

Cross-posted at Conservative Daily News.

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What Went Wrong with the American Experiment and When?

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A very important question, wouldn’t you agree?  It’s a question that in one form or another has been the focus of many posts on the blogosphere for a long time. Recently, one of my regulars on Guest Saturday have taken-on this question; Brian at Frankenstein Government in his post “Critical  Mass…When Exactly Did We Lose Control of Our Country” addresses the question directly.

I want to share this article with you not because the author is a collaborator  here at Conservatives On Fire but because I found his approach to this important question very interesting and I hope you will as well.

The first thing that grabbed my attention was his use of the term critical mass. I have used this very same term on numerous occasions to infer that for America’s Constitutional Republic to be sustained there must be a minimum number of citizens (critical mass) actively involved in supporting and protecting that Constitution. Without that critical mass, the system will morph into something else. The very same principle holds true for a company. If there comes the day when there is one to few employees that care about the well-being of the company they work for, that company will begin to fail. See how Brian introduces his subject:

If you are a citizen of this country, you have a responsibility. You have a responsibility to become informed and educated about your government and it’s leadership. In fact it should be a moral and civic duty. If you fail to take an active interest in government, you do U.S. citizens a disservice. Your apathy sucks. It is contagious and it is killing our country.

So “apathy” is the “what” of our question according to Brian,; but he was not satisfied with identifying the cause, he wanted to know when it began.

When exactly did we lose control of our country? I think we could argue any number of dates including 1913 and the creation of the FED. I have given this a lot of thought over the years. When was the precise moment when Americans said screw it, there’s no point in worrying about government? What we think does not matter. I have a date. It was July 19, 1969.

I assume you are as surprised as I was when I read that Brian had fixed a specific date to when apathy began to take control in our country. So what happened on July 19, 1969?

On July 19, 1969, Senator Teddy Kennedy killed Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick…. Kennedy was never charged with manslaughter or murder. His family paid off the Kopechnes’. He was never charged or tried because of his status and a few cowardly and morally bankrupt prosecutors. Mary Jo Kopechne died that day at Chappaquiddick. So did any sense of fair play and justice in America.
Brian believes that this date is the “why” of our question.;that people realized that our  elected government officials live by a different set of rules than everybody else. He does not excuse people who have shunned their responsibilities, however. He has a final message for them:
The next time some coward criticizes you for having an opinion on politics, please send them this piece. Tell them that our country was hi jacked by cowards sometime around Jul 19, 1969. That there are still a few of us that believe in being informed, trying to act responsibly, and do the right thing. And just because we are the minority, perhaps, doesn’t mean we are on the wrong side of this. Or that we are going to go away because the cowards don’t like the subject matter.
I agree with Brian tha t apathy is what happened to our country. Whether it happened on a specific date, as he says, is debatable. I do think that Brian has narrowed in on the right period in time; the sixties. I was in college in the sixties. I remember well the anti-war protests, the race riots and, the anti-establishment feelings of that pivotal time in our country’s history. This is when the socialist took control of the Democrat Party. It was during and following this period that the socialist focused on taking over our education system and the news media. The rest, as they say, is history.
I want to leave you with two thoughts today. First, history is always a work in progress. We who are living the history can influence the direction it will take. And, secondly, just to be clear, the apathy we are talking about here is apathy on the part of the liberals. Not at all. They have not been apathetic to their cause. No, it is the rest of us; the conservatives, the RINOs and, the independents. The conservatives have , for the most part, woken-up in the last few years. The RINOs and the independents have yet to wake-up. If we are to influence the direction that history will take, it will be dependent on how successful we are in shaking the apathy out of these two groups. Maybe, as I wrote in yesterday’s post, the movie version of Atlas Shrugged, to be released in a few weeks, may be a powerful tool for bringing the RINOs and independents back to reality.   We can use all the help we can get.

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