You could look at it that way. However, we bailed out GM, the banks, etc. We subsidize thousands of companies and impose strong regulations. It helps big companies, but it hurts the smaller ones that can't afford to comply or hire accountants to avoid taxes. It is by no means as extreme as what I have heard from the book. That is because, like 1984, it is a cautionary tale. It shows how bad things can end up if you aren't careful.
In terms of the makers stopping. Think of that like how we outsource hundreds of thousands of jobs because of high taxes and fairly strict environmental policies that make it super expensive to set up business here. Those taxes go to our ever-increasing welfare state (takers). So, while the book may seem a bit extreme, it is somewhat accurate and should be considered.
Glad I could help with the mental block. We all get that way occasionally. Let me know what you think when you're done. I will certainly try to read it myself when college grants me some free time. :)