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The following quote is from a lecture Ayn Rand gave at The Ford Hall Forum, Boston on December 17, 1961.

“If a small group of men were always regarded as guilty, in any clash with any other group, regardless of the issues or circumstances involved, would you call it persecution? If this group were always made to pay for the sins, errors or failures of any other group, would you call that persecution?... If this group were penalized, not for its faults but for its virtues, not for its incompetence but for its ability, not for its failures but for its achievements, and the greater the achievement the greater the penalty---would you call that persecution?

If your answer is “yes”---then ask yourself what sort of monstrous injustice you are condoning, supporting or perpetrating. That group is the American businessmen.”

In 1961, businessmen were not persecuted nearly as much as they are today.

In 1961, a president had not yet said of businessmen’s accomplishments, “You didn’t build that.”

Today, Ayn Rand’s words seem prophetic.

In “Atlas Shrugged”, America’s most successful businessmen tired of being overtaxed and over regulated. They fought back by all moving to an isolated area where the government could not tax or regulate them. Recently, there have been number of articles about how many successful businessmen have moved out of the United States in order to avoid taxes and regulations.

What many people fail to understand is that successful businessmen are the ones who make products that improve the standard of living in the country where they operate.

The government produces nothing. That is why it has to tax.

Businessmen are blamed for being greedy and selfish but the truly greedy and selfish people are the politicians who produce nothing and live like kings on the backs of businessmen.

Since Democrats and low information voters have put Barack Obama back in office, it looks like businessmen will continue to be persecuted.

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