Speaking of Jenkins Family household props — another one is in the news these days. The Wall Street Journal’s Steven Moore just penned a piece arguing that Ayn Rand’s classic Atlas Shrugged has gone from fiction (nay, parody) to fact in 52 years. The gist, in Mr. Moore’s words:
Politicians invariably respond to crises — that in most cases they themselves created — by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism.
Sounds a lot like Washington (state and DC) 2009.
Atlas Shrugged sits horizontally in our family library.
What’s interesting about the above pic are the other books in therein. “The Year of Magical Thinking” is an apt description of the White House 2009 — or so we are told. Ernest Hemingway, an American icon, committed suicide. Some today argue that America is in the process of killing itself, or at least killing America as we know it. The appearance of Holocaust-survivor Elie Weisel’s Memoirs would be compelling if I were inclined to mention “Obama” and the H-man in the same sentence. Although I think the similarities are startling, I won’t do it here. When others have done it it hasn’t worked out so well (1I2I3I4), and I have no desire to join their ranks.
Props to Michelle Chan’s husband James Betzer — he of the 23 handicap and that many squared Facebook groups — for pointing this one out on Facebook. There may come a time soon when word of mouse is all we conservatives will have left.