The film's producers describe the storyline on IMBD.com this way: "The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment tops 24 percent. Gas is $42 per gallon. Railroads are the main transportation. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, are mysteriously disappearing. Dagny Taggart, CEO of Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered an answer to the mounting energy crisis -- a prototype of a motor that draws energy from static electricity. But, until she finds its creator, it's useless. It's a race against time. And someone is watching."
That "someone" is the government. Its "fair share law" limits production and, to borrow a modern term, seeks to "spread the wealth around," thus stifling innovation, risk-taking and capitalism. If Taggert finds the creator, government loses.
Democrats hail the 7.8 percent unemployment number without irony, having criticized the Bush administration in 2004 when unemployment was 5.4 percent and gas prices were below $2 a gallon. They blamed Bush for gas prices then. So, where's the uproar over the nearly $6/per gallon now?
A Wall Street Journal editorial noted: "The reality is that more than three years into this weakest of economic recoveries, 12.1 million Americans are still out of work -- nearly 23 million by the broader definition that includes those who have stopped looking or can't find full-time work -- and the labor participation rate is still down to 1981 levels at 63.6 percent."
This is not cause for celebration.
The best course for economic revival is to fire the president. Re-electing Obama will only give us four more years like the last four. Some of those working part time, or at jobs they cling to out of necessity, may well find themselves part of a higher jobless rate with dim prospects for their future.
If the Obama policies continue, "Atlas Shrugged" won't be a work of fiction. It will be seen as prophecy.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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