Producers Slowly Departing for Galt’s Gulch

I was in a restaurant the other day and overheard a conversation between a young waitress and a customer.  It went something like this:

Customer: Are you still going to college?
Waitress: Actually, I graduated in May, but haven’t been able to find a job other than this one.
Customer: Well, good luck!
Waitress: Yeah, hopefully the economy will turn around soon.

Now let me re-create the same conversation, except that I’ll be the customer:

Don the Customer:
Are you still going to college?
Waitress: Actually, I graduated in May, but haven’t been able to find a job other than this one.
Don the Customer: You voted for Obama, didn’t you?
Waitress:  Yes, and most of my friends did also.  Why do you ask?
Don the Customer: He and his buddies in congress are job killers.  You are the fall guy.  With cap & trade, Obamacare, Wall Street bailouts, and the uncertainty created among potential employers as he systematically drags this country into European-style socialism, no one is going to hire you for a long time.
Waitress: I think you’re wrong.  I think Obama is great!
Don the Customer: Fine, keep the Democrats in control of congress on November 2, 2010 and look forward to two more additional years of pain!   You’ll figure it out sooner or later.  The producers starting to leave and inhabit Galts Gulch!
Waitress: What’s Galt’s Gulch?
Don the Customer: I was pretty sure you wouldn’t know.  There is a book you should read, but you’ll probably just “google” it instead.  Too bad you and your contemporaries didn’t all read it before the last election.  You can find it in any bookstore in paperback.   It’s called Atlas Shrugged.  It was written by Ayn Rand.  She too was a college graduate in Russia, before she fled there and came to the United States when she was your age.
Waitress:  Maybe I’ll read it.

If you haven’t read Atlas Shrugged, give it a try.  I read it about 30 years ago and it changed my life.

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