Romney Picks Ryan For Vice-President
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has been tabbed by Willard “Mitt” Romney to be his running mate in his current quest for the Presidency. This could ignite the conservative faithful, as Paul Ryan is as far right as anyone in the party.
Ryan, first elected to Congress in 1999, is Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and is also a member of Ways and Means, and Health. He is considered a rising star in conservative circles, and his latest budget proposal just solidifies that fact. In it, he proposed across the board tax cuts, abolition of corporate taxes, estate taxes and the Alternative Minimum Tax. And most worrisome, elimination of the capital gains tax. O, and by the way, he also wants to privatize Medicare and Social Security.
What ever happened to all the moaning about the deficit? By eliminating all those revenue producers, how does he propose to balance the budget? And the rich get a double break, more cuts on the income tax, and elimination of the capital gains tax, where the wealthy make 70% of their money. Who will pay taxes, poor folk?
And never mind that he wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare. People work hard their whole lives, and expect to have the money they’ve paid into the programs at their disposal when they retire. They also want affordable healthcare available. Mess with those two programs and you will commit political suicide.
Ryan was a follower of Ayn Rand, the bard of Objectivism. She espoused the theory of full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated capitalism. She opposed anti-trust laws, minimum wage laws, child labor laws, public education and taxation of any kind, as she considered it theft.
Ayn Rand viewed personal happiness as man’s main purpose in life. I suppose any path would be righteous, as the ends always justify the means. She believed self-interest trumped altruism every time. She actually wrote a book called, get this, The Virtue of Selfishness. It’s simply my opinion, but that woman had quite an ego.
Ryan was so enthralled with Rand that he was quoted as saying, “I grew up on Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It inspired me so much that it is required reading for all my interns and my staff.” He said this in 2005.
But Ryan ran into trouble with Rand because of certain other of her beliefs, like the fact she was an atheist, and was pro-choice, both taboo in the Republican party. She also opposed capital punishment, not on moral grounds, but due to the risk of mistakenly executing an innocent person (something with which I personally agree.) She also opposed the teaching of intelligent design in favor of evolution, and opposed censorship of any kind, even of pornography. These things do not jibe with Tea Heads and hard-core conservatives alike.
So Paul Ryan did the politically expedient thing, and in 2012 distanced himself from Rand and instead aligned himself with Thomas Aquinas, a Roman-Catholic Saint. Is he playing politics, or what?
It seems Willard Romney, never viewed as conservative enough, has teamed with a darling of the conservative right in an effort to be a better Republican. He thinks he needs the far right and Tea Head votes, but I believe he already had them in his pocket. They wouldn’t vote Democrat if Christ himself were running on the ticket. Romney needed to court the independent voter, and in this he has failed. Ryan’s ideas are not for the middle class, they are for the rich, and this will be in evidence as the race heats up. Touch Social Security and Medicare and see what happens. I don’t want to hear that they will soon be insolvent. Hey, if they can find money to fund two wars, they can find money to help our own citizens and fund these programs.
And life goes on.
- The Left falsely portrays Paul Ryan as an Ayn Rand devotee (twitchy.com)
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- America, Meet Paul Ryan (buzzfeed.com)
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- Another leftist lie: Paul Ryan ‘wants to end Medicare’ (twitchy.com)
- Romney-Ryan 2012: The Herman & Eddie Munster Ticket (crooksandliars.com)
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- The Plutocrat Ticket (thedailybeast.com)
- Romney and the Future of America (cornhusker4palin.newsvine.com)
- Lefty Attack: Paul Ryan is a Follower of Ayn Rand (breitbart.com)