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Posted on August 18, 2012

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IS PAUL RYAN A GOOD CHOICE?

For Tea Party members and many Republicans Paul Ryan was the best choice for vice president candidate.

The hairs were standing on the back of their necks. Their palms were sweaty, and their eyes were glazed as Mitt Romney announced his choice for vice president running mate.

Ryan had come to save them. He is everything they dreamed and hoped for. He is, as the young people say, groovy.

Ryan believes in the deserving rich. He believes that the Lord gave us two hands to grab everything we can with them.

Ayn Rand, the philosopher, was Ryan’s inspiration. “The reason I got involved in public service, by an large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Ryan said in 2005. It is said that in one of her books, Rand called the poor “lice” and “parasites.”

I do not know that. I’m not a pointy-headed intellectual. I’m a member of the Christian middle class.

Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and wrote: “My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life….”

I don’t like this idea. Do you? It means I don’t have to spend time worrying about other people’s happiness.

Take Medicare. Please. What is Medicare except a program that lavishes tax dollars on the old and sick, people who are no longer paying much in taxes and who are a drain on society?

Talk to any old person. All they say is, “Gimme, gimme, gimme.” Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. Me, me, me.

Shouldn’t money be saved for the strong? For the productive? For the superior individuals who are amassing happiness though their own sheer will, drive and perhaps, large inheritance?

Yes, Paul Ryan is a good choice not only for Tea Party Republicans, but for Democrats also.

 

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