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I know what you're thinking...not ANOTHER Paul Ryan diary.

But I'm not sure if this aspect of the man has been covered on here or not.

Even though Ryan professes endless love and admiration for the Queen of Heartless Capitalism, Ayn Rand, I don't think the feeling would be mutual.  Oh, she might praise him for his words and for promoting her agenda, but I doubt she would approve of the actual life he's lived. In fact, Ryan's life would be completely anathema to her because it goes against everything she stood for.

1) Ryan financed his college education with Social Security benefits he received upon the death of his father when Paul was a teen.

From Joan Walsh in a brilliant article in Salon

When his lawyer father died young, sadly, the high-school aged Ryan received Social Security survivor benefits. But they didn’t go directly to supporting his family; by his own account, he banked them for college. He went to Miami University of Ohio, paying twice as much tuition as an Ohio resident would have...
2) Much worse, Ryan has spent almost his entire adult life working in that same public sector he professes to abhor and now works his hardest to demonize and decimate for everyone else. That's right, virtually every dollar he's ever made or any health care benefit he's ever received has been paid for by the tax payer.
After his government-subsidized out-of-state education, the pride of Janesville left college and went to work for government, where he’s spent his entire career, first serving Republican legislators and then in his own Congressional seat, with occasional stints at his family-owned construction business when he needed a job (reportedly he also drove an Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile for a while).
Walsh really calls him out on his hypocrisy here:
Ironically, Ryan came to national attention trying to dismantle the very program that helped him go to the college of his choice, pushing an even more radical version of President Bush’s Social Security privatization plan, which failed. He has since become the scourge of the welfare state, a man wholly supported by government who preaches against the evils of government support. He could be the poster boy for President Obama’s supposedly controversial oration about how we all owe our success to some combination of our own hard work, family backing and government support. Let’s say it together: You didn’t build that career by yourself, Congressman Ryan.

Thus Paul Ryan represents the fakery at the heart of the Republican project today. It starts with the contradiction that Mr. Free Enterprise has spent his life in the bosom of government, enjoying the added protection of wingnut welfare benefactors like the Koch brothers...

He also voted to fund the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, bail out the banks and the auto industry, and to create an unpaid-for subscription medicine benefit for seniors.

And this is the guy who is being touted as the conservative poster-boy for small government and for private-sector job creation! This is the ultimate example of "Do as I say, not as I do," and the Republicans need to be called out on it.

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  •  Like Ayn Rand (15+ / 0-)

    herself, who died on SS and Medicare.

    Unfortunately, the stupid is strong in their supporters.  Facts and logic never enter into the algorithm.

  •  Ayn Rand Received Social Security & Medicare... (9+ / 0-)

    ...So, both she and Ryan rank as colossal hypocrites:

    However, it was revealed in the recent "Oral History of Ayn Rand" by Scott McConnell...that in the end Ayn was a vip-dipper as well. An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor)...

    But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so...

    ...In the end, Miss Rand was a hypocrite but she could never be faulted for failing to act in her own self-interest..


    In the end, Rand proved herself to be just as big a hypocrite (in other words--a typical republican) as Ryan.

  •  Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan, in unison: (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JVolvo, Aunt Pat, cassandracarolina

    "Self-reliance is for the commoners."

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 12:28:05 PM PDT

  •  Rand was a liar herself, so they'd be a fit. (4+ / 0-)

    Rand was an invented character who constructed her garbled "philosophy" from snippets of Lenin and garbled Nietzsche and bad Hollywood films.

    She didn't hesitate to smoke and drink herself to death nor to plunge headlong into Medicare and Social Security -- despite all of the many friends should have had.

    At the end, it was the mercy of strangers through their taxes that sustained her, not the devout followers who shunned her until she was dead and gone.

    Surely, one of her great capitalists have saved her. As for Ryan, not only is he on the government teat, his whole family business began and continued as a contractor for railroads and publicly financed roads and brides. And the Operating Engineers in appreciation of his public works projects have backed him along with a family that has profited directly.

  •  Mostly she would have hated him for (5+ / 0-)

    remaining a Catholic, after reading her work. While Rand tore apart Christ's teachings, she was even more lethal against one of the Popes, forget which.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:50:14 PM PDT

  •  He believes in God and is pro-life (3+ / 0-)

    Ayn Rand rejected both.

    Paul Ryan:

    “I’m as pro-life as a person gets.”

    He responded to a controversial “truce” that Mitch Daniels of Indiana had put forward saying social issues should be put on the back burner, and repudiated it.

    “You’re not going to have a truce. Judges are going to come up. Issues come up, they’re unavoidable, and I’m never going to not vote pro-life,” Ryan said.[...]

    I cannot believe any official or citizen can still defend the notion that an unborn human being has no rights that an older person is bound to respect.

    Ayn Rand:

    An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).

    Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?

    “Of Living Death”
    The Voice of Reason, 58–59

    Paul Ryan thinks rights are God-given:
    America, America is just more than a place, though. America is an idea. It's the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.

    Ayn Rand does not think rights are God-given:

    The source of man’s rights is not divine law or congressional law, but the law of identity. A is A—and Man is Man. Rights are conditions of existence required by man’s nature for his proper survival. If man is to live on earth, it is right for him to use his mind, it is right to act on his own free judgment, it is right to work for his values and to keep the product of his work. If life on earth is his purpose, he has a right to live as a rational being: nature forbids him the irrational. Any group, any gang, any nation that attempts to negate man’s rights, is wrong, which means: is evil, which means: is anti-life.

    Galt’s Speech,
    For the New Intellectual, 182

    In short, she wouldn't have just hated Paul Ryan, she would have EVISCERATED him.

    The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

    by FiredUpInCA on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 01:56:02 PM PDT

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