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Hilzoy Lies!!

Hilzoy writes:

The Washington Monthly: The unemployment numbers are dreadful. But for once, there's a glimmer of hope on the horizon: conservatives are going Galt.

[Michelle Malkin:] While they take to the streets politically, untold numbers of America's wealth producers are going on strike financially. Dr. Helen Smith, a Tennessee forensic psychologist and political blogger, dubbed the phenomenon "Going Galt" last fall. It's a reference to the famed Ayn Rand novel "Atlas Shrugged," in which protagonist John Galt leads the entrepreneurial class to cease productive activities in order to starve the government of revenue.... The perpetual Borrow-Spend-Panic-Repeat machine in Washington depends on the capitulation of the wealth producers. There's only one monkey wrench that can stop the redistributionist thieves' engine. It's engraved with the word: Enough....

Unfortunately, we don't know how many of America's wealth producers are going to go on strike, since their number is "untold". But every one of them will free up work for someone else. And thanks to eight years of Bush's economic policies, we are not short of unemployed people to take up the slack.

I am puzzled by one thing, however: the fact that none of the people who advocate "going Galt" seem to have actually done it. I'm not clear whether the point of "going Galt" is to stop doing creative or productive work... or [just] trying to lower one's income.... But as best I can tell, the people advocating this are doing neither.... Rep. John Campbell.... Michelle Malkin.... Dr. Helen [Smith].... Cassy at Wizbang, who says it's "time to go Galt", doesn't seem to have stopped blogging either, and Wizbang is still running ads. It's almost enough to make me think they're just posturing...

Hilzoy lies. They are too serious. Reliable sources inform me that Dr. Helen Smith has too given up tipping for the duration of the Obama administration.