Framing the Dialogue

Wyatt’s Torch

Part of my morning drive took me along a country road that would along a stream.  Homes were scattered along the road in pockets and shaded by rather large sycamore trees.  One drive home this spring as I approached this curvy stretch I heard a very loud blowing sound.  I had been traveling this way for months and had never noticed it before and wondered if it had always been there and I never noticed it because my car windows had been shut during the winter commutes.

As I came around a bend I saw a very large flame through the trees up above me.  That I certainly would have noticed before.  The flame lasted for days and it made me think of a character from Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged.  His name is Ellis Wyatt and he is the head of Wyatt oil.  After enduring onslaught after onslaugt from government intrusion into his company and industry, Wyatt decides to “Go Galt,” sets fire to all of his oil well with this note to the government and those who sought reward not from their efforts, but his:

“I am leaving it as I found it. Take over. It’s yours.”

There was one well that could not be extinguished and this became known as “Wyatt’s Torch” a symbol to many of us when industry/companies begin to fight back against government intrusion.  Something I have not seen from the executives of our industries as they seem to prefer to snuggle up to politicians to secure their cut.  They take their abuse from politicians while donating to their campaigns, they’ll allow themselves to be hauled before Congress to be questioned by the folks that they helped put in office.

I have been waiting and waiting for some of these folks to speak up about the direction in which America is being driven by the left.  Waiting for one of them to speak out about uncontrolled spending by the government as they slide into bankruptcy.  Waiting for them to realize that a piece of nothing is nothing.  Waiting for strong voice to cut through the drivel put out by the lame stream media.

There have been some voices of Obama supporters expressing objections like Warren Buffet, Jack Welch, Barton Biggs, and hotel mogul Steve Wynn (use the link to watch the entire video);

“If this is good government, then I am Mary Poppins…This administration without any experience is doing more damage than is easy to assess at the moment, but I can tell you I am sure that we are moving in the wrong direction and i say that as half a democrat and half a republican. What we are seeing now just doesn’t make sense. The priorities have all been inverted.”

Finally!  My guess that unless you partake of the alternative media you have never heard of Steve Wynn and probably have never heard his message and matter-0f-fact commentary.

More news and comments that you are unlikely to hear or read in the Obamamedia are the happenings at the Aspen Institutes Ideas Festival where more industry folks dare to speak out;

“The real problem we have are some of the worst economic policies in place today that, in my judgment, go directly against the long-term interests of this country.”

Mort Zuckerman (magazine owner and editor)

“If you’re asking if the United States is about to become a socialist state, I’d say it’s actually about to become a European state, with the expansiveness of the welfare system and the progressive tax system like what we’ve already experienced in Western Europe…The curse of longterm unemployment is that if you pay people to do nothing, they’ll find themselves doing nothing for very long periods of time.  Long-term unemployment is at an all-time high in the United States, and it is a direct consequence of a misconceived public policy.”

Niall Ferguson (Harvard business and history professor)

 “When I talk to venture capitalists, their companies are starting to move their manufacturing operations out of the United States…Our corporate tax rate, on a worldwide competitive basis, is just not competitive. Taiwan is lowering their rate to 20 to 15 percent in order to stay competitive with Singapore. These countries have made it their job to attract industry. You don’t get that sense here in the United States.”

Michael Splinter (Silicon Valley guru)

“He said jobs were going to be his No. 1 priority—there’s a huge disconnect between Washington and what’s going on out in the country.  The president’s economic team kept talking about a ‘cyclical’ problem. Larry Summers said jobs were a lagging economic indicator.  All these things are simply wrong. The president put all his trust in the wrong economic team—an economic team that didn’t understand what was happening.”

 Arianna Huffington (Obama supporter and commentator)

Maybe they are trying to change the direction of the country or most likely hedging their bets so they can appear to have raised caution.  They have waited so long to speak up that while their words ring true, but their motivation has to be questioned. 

Not quite Wyatt’s Torch or Goin Galt, but a baby step…perhaps.

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