Going Galt

Well, it looks like we have our first Captain of Industry going ‘Galt’. And we all thought they were bluffing. Only, Rick Wagoner doesn’t seem especially happy about it.

Whatever the merits and hazards of the .gov offering GM solvency in exchange for the head of their CEO, my inner torch-bearing mob is kind of happy to see a demonstration that the sense of entitlement held by and on behalf of the Grand Poobahs of commerce isn’t universal among us. So, to be clear, I’m not endorsing or criticizing the move. I’m just, you know, gloating over the fact that someone else gets a turn in the position.

1 comment to Going Galt

  • Critos

    The first step to fixing our political system is to stop paying the “politician tax”….

    Politicians are not like the rest of us…. they are keenly obsessed with “getting elected” as a measure of success, but although this would seem to suggest that they should care about representing the views of the electors — the people — it doesn’t work out that way. With extremely rare exceptions, politicians preserve their interests by serving their party (whichever one it is) over the people, and by serving corporate interests and other special interests next to that, also over the people…. so where do we fit in?

    They see us as votes and money, and many of us are suckers…. how many of you donated money to a politician or a party last year? The sad truth is that whatever you did donate was actually a tax imposed by the system through blackmail, one that you didn’t have to pay at all, but volunteered…. I have to admit, I’m in that crowd, even though I only gave to Libertarian candidates (who all lost) and the amount I donated amounted to pocket change even in their meager coffers…. but I’d take it back if I could….

    Look at it this way: imagine there are two bullies on your block, and both want to take your lunch money…. each says that if you “voluntarily” pay him, he’ll protect you from the other one, and each one talks up how dangerous the other one is in order to convince you to buy protection… but the truth is, if you learn to defend yourself you don’t have to give a penny to either of them.

    That’s what the Republicrats do — each side uses the other as a threat to pry your dollars away in the form of campaign donations, and the first and biggest thing WE can do to eliminate donation-driven corruption from the system is to turn off that voluntary faucet of cash flowing out of our pockets.

    In short: DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO POLITICIANS!! not to a candidate, not to a campaign, not to a party, and if you can help it, not to an organization or company that will pass it on to any of those (even a company that will hedge its bets by giving to both sides; in fact, especially such a company)…. clean up our politics, do NOT pay the politician tax!!

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