Archive for September, 2008

Quotable: Ayn Rand

Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed.Ayn Rand
From Atlas Shrugged

Thanks, Justin!

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Last chance to try to stop Congress from bailing out Wall St.

Contact your reps!
Write Congress!
Call Congress!

Well, Congress seems to have a plan in the works and while it isn’t the Paulson plan anymore, it is still terrible and anathema to the notion of a free market.

I’ve been asking all of you to write to Congress and share your views (particularly) on this subject, but really on any that floats your boat. Remember, these assholes work for you and me. When your employees get out of line in your office, you let them know about it, don’t you? Well, to aid in this effort, I thought I’d pass along The Consumerist’s guide to writing to Congress to make sure you get the most bang for your letter-writing buck.

Every office has its own procedures for tabulating constituent correspondence, but most will produce a report at the end of week breaking down how many letters were received by issue area, separating out form letters from letters sent by individual constituents.

Members treat each type of letter differently, but most look for individual letters as a barometer of their district’s concerns. These are the letters that have the most influence, the ones we will show you how to write.Carey
The Consumerist

As that guide points out, form letters get less attention than individual letters. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t use the forms I link to, such as this one. Just type your text into the appropriate box. Et Voilà! You have an individual letter that will immediately get emailed to your reps. You can also use this link to look up your reps phone numbers to call them directly in DC.

It looks like they are going to try to rush a vote today (Sunday) before the markets open in Asia. Get on the horn, people! It’s go time!

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Quotable: David Sirota

America is Amerika, and throughout Washington a socialist rallying cry echoes: Politicians and lobbyists of the world unite! — unite to rescue Wall Street capitalists with a $700 billion taxpayer bailout.

Though socialism seems new in the U.S., it isn’t. Using public resources and government power to control the economy is as Amerikan as the Pentagon and the Patent Office. And the problem is not socialism itself, but our uniquely destructive version of it. Amerika’s is not the democratic socialism of many countries. Ours is kleptocratic socialism — the objective is theft.

Close a factory in socialist Denmark, and workers get immediate government help, along with their free health care.

Shutter one in Ohio, and workers get nothing, except politicians saying their jobs are never returning and national health care is “unaffordable.” But if investment banks teeter, those same politicians quickly find billions for bailouts.David Sirota

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