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Romney – Ryan: Robotic, Ridiculous, Repellent

12 Aug

After weeks of making a mess of everything he touched, Mitt Romney decided to make a bold move an announce his running mate. Eschewing the “boring white guy” theme his handlers had promised, he opted for Teamaniac Rep. Paul Ryan (Evil – WI). Looks like he’s still making a mess of everything he touches.

Like Romney, Ryan has been honored with our Bigot of the Week Award. He’s also a firm adherent of Ayn Rand’ s objectionable Objectivism and deification of capitalism. A firm supporter of the War On Women and opponent of LGBT equality, his voting record in the House is almost identical to that of known loon Michele Bachmann. In fact, an aggregate score shows him to be the most conservative VP pick by a major party since 1900, a list that includes Dick Cheney and Richard Nixon!

Ryan is best known as the architect of a House budget plan so odious that even John “The Great Capitulator” Boehner thinks it’s a bit harsh. A key component of the budget is the end of Medicare as we know it. That makes one wonder why Mitt would make this pick, other than to keep up his string of really bad decisions. Romney’s strongest support is from older white voters. Those voters, particularly in swing states, are very opposed to any change in Medicare. By tacking so far to the right with his VP pick, poor ol’ Mitt has found a way to alienate potential voters without appealing to the rare moderate undecideds who might actually have bumped up his numbers. Rabid Ryan will firm up the base, but all that does is more firmly secure states that are already bright red. Pundits and journalists alike are baffled.

After months of dithering, deceiving, and dodging, Mitt has finally sent one strong signal. His campaign is dedicated to the small-minded and vicious voices that have stalled the recovery, dedicated themselves to opposing the President at the expense of the people, and pursued a narrow fringe agenda. The governing strategy of a Romney-Ryan administration is clear, and it holds no hope for the middle class or the disenfranchised.

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Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not?

28 Apr

The Love Song of Paul Ryan

It appears that Mitt Romney is not the only major liar in the GOP. With statements from Rep. Paul Ryan like:

“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.” – 2005

AND

“I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well… I try to make my interns read it.” – 2003

It is surprising to see Rep. Ryan say this recently in an interview with the National Review discussing Ayn Rand:

I reject her philosophy…It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas. Don’t give me Ayn Rand.

When I first read this on Think Progress I did a double take and assumed this must be an attempt at being like The Onion. I’m afraid that is not the case. Even though he has now dissed his hero, and appears to be going for a more “Godly” approach, we should notice that he has not dissed his budget cuts plan (inspired by his hero Ayn Rand) that would cut important social programs like Medicare and Food Stamps, and give trillions in tax cuts to corporations and the rich – thus shifting more tax burden onto the poor.

What I find amusing about all of this is that Rep. Ryan calls Rand’s selfish philosophy an “atheist” philosophy despite noting that as a Christian he followed her philosophy and admitted to getting into politics because of her. Obviously, the “virtue” of selfishness, as Rand referred to it, is not exclusive to atheists, but can be found in any walk of life.

The big question is, what is the catalyst for his change of mind? The answer could be videos like this from The American Values Network.

The video is clearly designed to clarify, “Look, the GOP are following an ATHEIST! That does not reflect the values they should have as Christians.” Rep. Ryan was even asked recently why he based his budget plan on Rand and not on Biblical principals like sharing and caring for everyone. His bizarre claim that his budget is based on his Catholic faith has been demolished by numerous groups of Catholic leaders and scholars.  He has not answered the question or the criticism; this pressure could be another reason why he has lied.

I do not believe that Rep. Ryan had any sort of epiphany or his budget would have also changed. We all know that you can follow a person’s philosophy without adopting the religion (or lack of religion) that person has. For example, I am a non-believer but I can still appreciate Biblical views of a loving nature without having to claim Christianity…By TSM Contributor James Queale

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