It seems that Ayn Rand’s works are quite popular these days (though apparently not with members of the current administration).
Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold.
Maybe people are buying her works for the same reason they are buying guns and ammo – Afraid they’ll be outlawed soon.
Glad I bought mine when I could get them used and cheap (All the non-fiction titles as I find her fiction to be unreadable. Blasphemy, I know.).
Though it fits with what a number of surveys are saying:
Many Americans question fairness of tax system
Americans tend to believe they pay a higher share of their income in taxes than people in other income brackets.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% say people who earn twice as much as they do pay less than twice as much in taxes. At the same time, 37% say those who earn half as much pay less than half as much in taxes.
Only 14% believe those with higher incomes pay a higher share of it in taxes, and only nine percent (9%) believe those with lower incomes do the same.
Democrats are more suspicious of high earners, Republicans of those who earn less.
A progressive tax system is how you keep the class warfare alive, baby!
Paul Krugman, last year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for economics and a regular columnist for the New York Times, recently wrote that you should “write off anyone who asserts that it’s always better to cut taxes than to increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their money.”
If you follow that advice, you’ll be writing off a majority of Americans. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 53% say that it’s always better to cut taxes. Only 24% share Krugman’s views.
Krugman and folks who like him don’t mind “writing off” a majority of folks who disagree with them. They believe that said majority are just too stupid to know what is best for them.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) said small business and entrepreneurs will lead the U.S. to a better future, while 52% said the same of science and technology leaders. Americans are far less optimistic about the leadership of government (31%), large corporations and business leaders (21%), or traditional news media such as newspapers, television, radio, and magazines (13%).
Americans think leadership toward a better future is more likely to come from family and friends (38%), non-profit groups (32%), or even themselves (36%). The Zogby Interactive survey of 2,397 adults nationwide was conducted Feb. 11-13, 2009, and carries a margin of error of +/- 2.0 percentage points.
And those 63% are right. No doubt about it from anyone who is sane, that is.