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100 Books

book shelfOur friends at Amazon sent me an email with a link to the “100 Books To Read In A Lifetime.”  My curiosity was peaked so I went to the link.  Now I’ve read a lot of books, some of them even considered literature, but I wanted to know how many of these “Lifetime” books I had read.  The first thing that struck me was how few I had read.  I unofficial count was twenty out of the hundred.  Many of these were kids books that I had read with my children while they were young.   Some I wanted to count, but resisted as I had not read the books, but proof read book reports of many of these when my children read them for school.

I Am John Galt

i am john galt“The reason to live Rand’s philosophy isn’t that it’s good for the world.  That’s altruism talking.  The reason is that it’s in your own best interest to live Rand’s philosophy.  Do you want to have integrity?  Do you want to devote yourself to creative, constructive work?  Do you want to be happy and wealthy as a result?…We’ll help you by showing you how others have done it, by profiling both the heroes who make our world great and the villains out to destroy it.”

Taxing Our Patience

Listen closely to the NIMROD (the second from the right)…

The money quote from Mr. Schiff (on the right) would make Ayn Rand proud;

“Majority Doesn’t “Have A Right To Steal My Money Just Because They Voted For It.”

Compare that to Mr. Nimrod’s quote;

“Rich people will not do that” (move their money offshore)…

…or will they;

Google Revenues Sheltered in No-Tax Bermuda Soar to $10 Billion

Mr. Nimrod, actions speak louder than words.  What Mr. Nimrod probably meant that rich people (not connected to the Demoncrats) won’t be allowed to move their money. 

…And intends to be the master

“It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.”

— Ayn Rand

Takes Two To Tango

Perhaps one of the saddest statistics that can be pinned to George Bush’s second term and hyper-inflated by the Obama Administration is the fact that as of August 2011 more than 45 million people were receiving food stamp benefits. So approximately 14 percent of Americans need government to survive. Since half of the recipients are children their parents are obviously unable to properly care for them. These “safety net” programs have morphed into the natural order of things for many families; relying on the government dole to exist.

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”

Obamulus May Be Working!

Finally there is news that President Obama’s “stimulus” has had some positive effects on our economy. The usually Obama-cheer-leading Associated Press has produced a very deep “news” article boasting the fact that gasoline prices are finally coming down and some predict prices as low as $3.25 per gallon within a month. First I’ll believe and welcome that when I see it. Second there is a rather sinister reason for the recent price drop.

Moochers Lament

Way back in the early 1980s I worked at a restaurant atop Pittsburgh’s tallest building.  The food was decent; the service was good; the view was awesome!  The U.S. Steel Building now sports a “UPMC” (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) sign acknowledging their biggest client.  The famed building was recently acquired by UBS Real Estate Securities Inc. based out of New York.  Pittsburgh’s Tribune review reported that the investing group has skillfully locally recorded “is a consignment of leases and rents by the lender in the deal…UBS also recorded a mortgage document for a $220 million loan UBS provided for the acquisition to Manhattan-based Karasick and his partners.”  Neither action requires the payment of transfer taxes which was estimated to be $10 million. 

Boeing Boeing Gone

I have not had the opportunity to see the movie interpretation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (i.e. the closest theater is about an hour away), but it feels more and more like I am living the story.  I’ve read the novel twice since my first time when I was awakened bythe vultures depicted by Rand.   It was hard to be disgusted by a parasitic nation that sucks the life out of productive people to prolong their reign.  It is hard to watch former great companies like Jack Welch’s General Electric mooch off of Obama to gain favor for their subsidiaries while, in my mind, pretending to be a capitalist company.  Businesses have always done this, but the level of government interference seems obscene.

The Virtue of Selfishness

Most people have been taught that the traits of “virtue” and “selfishness” are incompatible.  In order to be virtuous you have to be unselfish and give to others at the expense of your happiness.  Ayn Rand provides a series of discussions supporting the ethic that a person who acts, quite naturally, in his self interest is in fact helping his fellow man and shows The Virtue of Selfishness

We The Living

In most of my reviews I try very hard not to betray the story and allow you to discover it on your own.  In fiction I rarely tell more than what you might read on the inside cover and usually even less.  The fact that We the Living was Ayn Rand’s first novel blows me away.  She admits that many of the characters were influenced by her life.  From her Forward;