Lawmaker: Obama Era Looks Like Atlas Shrugged

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2009 4:07 PM CST
Republican John Campbell represents California's 48th Congressional District.
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(Newser) – A California congressman thinks President Obama’s economic policies are leading the country down the path described in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, the Washington Independent reports. “The achievers, the people who create all the things that benefit rest of us, are going on strike,” Republican John Campbell said. “A kind of protest from the people who create jobs, the people who create wealth.”

Those people “are pulling back from their ambitions because they see how they’ll be punished for them,” said Campbell, known for giving his interns copies of the novel. So how long until the rich retreat and watch society crumble? “That will happen when people expect that there ought to be a recovery going on, and it isn’t.”