Danny from 504 and I were talking not to long ago and he was telling me his plans. And in short, if I were to do it all over again, I would do what Danny did.
He's going to get himself a pension after knocking out 20 years at the firm. He has no kids. He has himself a trailer and a spot of land picked out, and, after running some projections he estimates he's going to work maybe a day or two per week and otherwise just enjoy life and enjoy his free time.
But something occurred to me as I drove through the Black Hills on my bike and pondered our conversation.
"He's going to be retired at 40...he's taking himself out of the labor market before his prime earning years - his 40's and 50's...what if everybody did that? What would the economic consequences be?"
I've already alluded to what would happen if every person engaged in minimalism - the economy would collapse. But what if just a significant percentage of men decided to clock out of the rat race before they started producing and earning the most? We don't need the entire country to go Galt, just a key percentage of them. And this is precisely the legal action libertarians, conservatives, and otherwise Real Americans can take to get their revenge on a galactically stupid electorate.
Understand not all people can just clock out and "Do the Danny." Some men, republican, libertarian, conservative or not, have saddled themselves with responsibilities in the form of mortgages, wives, children, etc. Responsibilities that condemn them to be enslaved to the rat race, denying them the option to clock out at 40. But for the rest of us we are free to do what we choose. And when given the choice of slaving away in the vain hopes of getting promoted to "junior executive" or "senior project manager" only to pay a 50% tax rate (and deal with insufferable office politics) or setting up shop in a trailer on a beach in Southern California (to live off of the generous benefits Californians promise themselves), it's a no brainer - become a beach bum. Additionally, in living so minimally (as I was telling Danny) you are likely to benefit from a TON of tax breaks, income credits, etc., that those generous-with-other-people's-money leftists have voted in. You could easily be paying an effective 0% tax rate AND also be giving it to the system.
In short, not everybody has to starve the beast. Just enough of us do. And if enough "Do the Danny" the left will be paid back in spades.
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