By Basil Irwin, staff writer
A blogger named David McElroy recently wrote of a Birmingham (Alabama) businessman who, after listening to a room full of moochers and leeches piss whine and moan about the evils of business, publicly threw in the towel regarding his attempt to open a new coal mine.
David compared what happened to a scene right out of “Atlas Shrugged” and then mused, “But I wonder how long it’s going to be before businesspeople really do start walking away and deciding it’s not worth doing business in America today. Or is it already happening and we just don’t know it?”
Well, David, it’s going on right now all around us and we do in fact know all about it. I have a good friend from high school who was drafted in the Vietnam era, then earned his civil engineering Bachelor of Science degree afterward at N.C. State via the GI Bill. He started his own construction company, and has run it ever since, directly employing dozens of people and spending millions annually on equipment and materials, thereby employing countless others. Until now; until Obama was elected.
The bottom fell out of the economy under Obammunist economic policies, and then Obamacare de-exempted small construction companies from the 50-employee exemption as demanded by the unions so they could kill all non-union construction companies. Well it worked.
My friend said he was finally fed up and was finally able to say what Obama has demanded that all productive people must say, namely, “I have enough money”. He said he figured he had worked hard all his life, saved his earnings, and it was finally it was time to enjoy his savings. My friend fired all his employees, gave away all his equipment (which was fundamentally worthless anyway since everyone else was dumping their equipment too) and retired. Like many who enjoy the work they do, he probably would otherwise have died with his boots on, contributing to society right until the end. But Obammunism forced his hand, and for him personally it was a good thing because he is developing health problems, and in the not-too-distant future would have eventually been unable to enjoy his hard-earned savings.
And the benefit to society in my friend prematurely retiring? Not so much. Simply another productive individual removed from the productivity pool by Obammunism, another employer prematurely removed from the employer pool, another taxpayer removed from the tax rolls. He is just another producer who “Went Galt” without even knowing what the phrase meant.
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