By Rick Manning
Originally published at The Daily Caller.
In the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged, Ellis Wyatt creates the
enduring image of the book when he sets his shale oil field in Colorado
on fire rather than turn it over to the federal government. The
resulting fire, called Wyatt’s Torch, could not be put out, and stood as
the symbol of the producers rejecting their enslavement by the masses
including their economic competitors who were more reliant on the
government picking winners and losers than on their own ingenuity, drive
President Obama laid out a vision for America yesterday that could
have been ripped from the pages of Atlas Shrugged. Long on rhetoric,
promising magical spending reductions, Obama’s plan can be reduced to
one simple principle. If you are successful in America, your money is
the government’s to take.
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