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Paul Ryan has made his love for Ayn Rand very public. Rand influences everything he does when it comes to his budgetary policies. If you've read Matt Taibbi's great book, Griftopia, then you know that Alan Greenspan was a follower of Ayn Rand, who attended her meetings which influenced him to be as Matt puts it in an interview: In the book, I show his record as an actual economist was complete shit. Anyway, back to Paul Ryan, Amy Sullivan has a great piece up about a convergence of two spirits, and one runs away.
I am fairly certain that when Paul Ryan first decided to publicly share his admiration of Ayn Rand, he could not have imagined it would lead to him speed-walking to his SUV to avoid a young Catholic trying to give him a Bible and telling him to pay more attention to the Gospel of Luke. But that’s what happened Friday morning in downtown Washington after Ryan spoke to the surprisingly smallish crowd gathered for Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Conference.
These days, when people question a politician’s “morality,” they usually mean his or her personal behavior and choices. But an interesting thing is happening right now around the GOP budget proposal. A broad coalition of religious voices is criticizing the morality of the choices reflected in budget cuts and tax policy. And they've specifically targeted Ryan and his praise for Rand, the philosopher who once said she “promote[d] the ethic of selfishness.”
Paul Ryan runs away after the encounter and instead of accepting the Bible as a gift we actually see what a thin skinned man he is when confronted on an inconvenient truth for himself. His budget targets and hurts the children, the poor, the middle class and the elderly. Catholic scholars are finally speaking out against the GOP and . Rep John Boehner was also called out on their plans for our country. Catholic scholars raise moral issues for Republicans like Boehner -- so O'Reilly calls them immoral