Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ayn Rand influenced Ryan Plan

What would inspire Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote to take away healthcare for the elderly and working families -- all while protecting tax breaks for the wealthy -- like they did just weeks ago?
Well, Paul Ryan, the author of the Republican plan, credits radical right wing author Ayn Rand as his inspiration to enter politics -- and even gives copies of her books to his staff.
So what does Ayn Rand believe?
  • Altruism is evil.
  • The "weak" do not deserve love.
  • All religions, majority rule/democracy, and any regulations on capitalism should be destroyed.
This is the vision that’s driving his budget proposal. We think it’s time Ryan got some new reading material, starting with a text with a moral vision that couldn’t be more different from Rand’s: the Bible.
Paul Ryan is now even defending his budget as consistent with his Roman Catholic faith -- even claiming the Catholic bishops support his proposal when in fact they have criticized its cuts to the poor.
We're not sure how Paul Ryan could think a budget out of an Ayn Rand novel could uphold faith values, so we're sending him a reminder of just what those values are.
For every 1,000 signatures we get, we’ll deliver one Bible to Paul Ryan.
We’re not asking Congress to base laws on the Bible, but we do think Ryan and all the other politicians who voted for draconian budget cuts while touting their faith could use a reminder of moral principles like this:
If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then 
your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)

And this:
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25: 40)

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