Unfortunately this is no longer fiction. Because in the Land of the Free, the United States Congress is striving to make Atlas Shrugged a reality.Their latest brainchild is to set up a new government bank, stuff it full of taxpayer funds, and loan the money to American workers for the exclusive purpose to help them form collectives and buy the companies they work for.It’s called the United States Employee Ownership Bank Act.And, straight from the bill, they aim to provide “loan guarantees, direct loans, and technical assistance to employees to buy their own companies. . .”The goal of this legislation, curiously, is to “preserve and increase employment in the United States” which is still problematic six years after the global financial crisis.Since September 2008, the US government has increased its debt level over 50% to $17.6 trillion.The US Federal Reserve has increased its balance sheet four-fold, conjuring $3.5 trillion out of thin air.All of this was supposed to create jobs. And with each of these being a failed policy, Congress is now descending into outright socialism.To be fair, people throw around the word socialism a lot. They’ll say “Obama’s a socialist” or something like that. Often it’s taken to exaggeration.But this legislation– the government effectively sponsoring the communal takeover of private business– is textbook socialism: private property and the means of production owned by the community.Socialist Yugoslavia actually tried the exact same thing: worker-owned cooperatives. And the consequent failure was absolutely epic.But politicians never let pesky things like truth get in the way of a bad idea.It’s time to wake up smell the reality. This isn’t about panic. It isn’t about doom and gloom. It’s about facts, not fear.Any rational, thinking person has to look at this and ask a simple question: where is this trend headed?The evidence is pretty clear. And more and more people are starting to realize it.People all over the world are thinking: “This is not the country I grew up in. And I don’t like the trend.”It’s unfolding right in front of our very eyes for anyone with the intellectual courage to pay attention.
This is from investor Simon Black of the SovereignMan.com