Rep. Paul Ryan this past week gave the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.
He focused on the deficit and limited government, implying we are going broke and therefore Social Security, Medicare and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would have to be curtailed, privatized or canceled. Strangely, in his concern over the deficit, he said nothing about increasing income taxes for the mega-rich —apparently the word “tax” is forbidden to Tea Party/Republicans in any discussion of the deficit.
Rep. Ryan has previously stated his deep affinity for Ayn Rand, author of “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” whose message was to allow the successful to enjoy their lifestyles without burdening them with any responsibility for their fellow citizens. In a past speech, he said the reason he got involved in public service was Ayn Rand and her philosophy that the natural market distribution of income is moral, and the central struggle of politics is to free the rich from having the fruits of their labor redistributed by looters and moochers (Ryan in support of
Ms. Rand informed us the social safety net is a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency).
No burdens on the rich, limited government and no social safety net. Free market dog eat dog — the Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan, Republican Party philosophy.
Couple of fun facts: Ayn Rand received Social Security and Medicare benefits, and Rep. Ryan received Social Security benefits as a youth. One would think they would have refused the benefits to adhere to their philosophy, but guess not.
Per Ayn Rand’s own words, in accepting help from the government was she a looter or a moocher? Perhaps both, according to her and those who have a deep affinity for her.
JAMES E. LONGHOFER