Sean King

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bill Whilttle as John Galt:

As an American and a patriot, I implore you – I go to my knees and beg you – LEAVE NOW.

Leave. Just go away. Retire to the Cayman Islands or Bermuda or wherever, but do it now, please, while you still have some love for this country. Close your companies, fire your employees, shutter your factories and offices, sell your property, and take all of that somewhere else… better yet: somewhere scenic but poverty-stricken. Somewhere that could use some wealth creation. Somewhere that people simply are grateful to have a job in the first place. Somewhere where you will be appreciated.

You are not welcome in America any more. Take your wealth and prosperity and inventiveness and hard work and vision and insight and bold risk-taking and joy in seeing growth and wealth creation and just go away – right now, before it’s too late. Because if you stay, Joel Berg and Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank and Chris Dodd will continue to come after you for more and more and more and they will not ever stop – not ever – until you are forced to flee. And when that day comes, you will go with not with fond remembrances and a desire to return home, but rather a black heart and hard and bitter memories.

So on behalf of those few of us who still believe in the Land of Opportunity, I beg you and implore you, in the name of our common patriot ancestors who worked so hard and sacrificed so much so that we could become so spoiled and ungrateful: take your 60% of the total income taxes and just go away.



I doubt many will take Bill up on his suggestion, but he does have a point: Few are willing to take the grand step of abandoning America for foreign lands, but many, millions in fact, will make hundreds of much smaller decisions that will have a similar effect. They will delay bonuses, postpone investments, forgo acquisitions, and work just a few less hours each week, all because they get to keep a smaller and smaller percentage of what they create.

2 comments:

Chris Turnbow said...

Sean

I couldn't agree more with Mr. Whittle's sentiments. The idea that the federal/state government is responsible for solving all of our problems and/or "bailing us out" when individuals make irresponsible decisions is a very dangerous sentiment, as the producers in our society will have to continue to bear the ever increasing tax burden to support the growing number of federal/state programs. I agree with your point that the great majority of us will not leave the US permanently, but the secondary effects you mention will be considerable.

Here is an interesting link about the additional tax on the wealthy in New York that their governor is considering.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,512803,00.html

I enjoy reading your blog....keep up the good work.

Regards
Chris Turnbow

Sean King said...

Thank you, Chris!