Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan

This seems like a good summary of the policies and opinions the GOP Vice-Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, will bring to the national debate. I’ll just itemize them hear:  read the full discussion at Truthout.

Twelve Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:24
By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress | Report

Mitt Romney has picked as his running mate 42 year-old Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the architect of the GOP budget, which the New York Times has described as “the most extreme budget plan passed by a house of Congress in modern times.” Below are 12 things you should know about Ryan and his policies:

  1. Embraces extreme individualism
  2. Raises taxes on the middle class, cuts them for millionaires
  3. Dramatically increases Medicare costs for seniors, increases eligibility age
  4. Leaves Social Security to the whims of Wall Street
  5. Budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years
  6. Eliminates Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students
  7. Keeps $40 billion in subsidies for Big Oil
  8. Family stands to benefit from oil subsidies
  9. Claimed Romneycare has led to “rationing and benefit cuts”
  10. Believes that Romneycare is “not that dissimilar to Obamacare”
  11. Accused generals of lying about their support for Obama’s military budget
  12.  Co-sponsored a personhood amendment.

Another headline suggested that Mitt the Twitt (and the Republican Party) has just shot themselves in the foot. I’m wondering if this could be the end of the GOP? Naw, I have heard the demise of each of the major political parties many times. But this time there is an interesting twist:  the conservatives and the Tea Party right-wing radicals now have a national forum which is heavily funded; if they fail, will the Republican Party revert to a more sane and sensible organization or will it throw itself off the cliff? What is going to happen if the momentary tide of irresponsibility choking local and state governments follows the national party down the plastic rat hole?

On the other hand, are the Democrats sufficiently astute to gather in the spoils and become a true party of the people? Ultimately, will American survive?

I am thinking that professing an adherance to the teachings of Ayn Rand might just be enough to have Paul Ryan’s star go dark. Despite the literary shortcomings of Ayn Rand, consider the politics:

3 responses

  1. Those are very good questions. My prediction is the party goes down in flames in November, and a more moderate group of individuals try to take the party back.

    The only problem is the adults (so to speak) allowed the extremists to rule for too long, so it’ll be an ugly battle, and it could take years for them to win the party back. (If they ever do.)

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    • Do you see the possibility that moderate Republicans, which aren’t too different from Democrats, will increase their defection leaving the Republican Party to function as whack-job central? Remember Lyndon LaRouche who ran for president year after year for several parties, including the Democratic Party … could we see the GOP becoming a similar amusement on the political stage? Can Paul Ryan become the new Lyndon LaRouche or are we still giving Ron Paul that honor? By the way, I consider the GOP as having views that are not consistent with the health of this country, but I am not wild about those Democrats either. Still, given the choice between the Democrats and Fascists …

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