Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the man who would turn Medicare into a voucher plan that would leave the nation’s seniors to fend for themselves in their old age, can’t seem to make up his mind when it comes to his philosophical underpinnings.
It was in 2005 that Rep. Ryan, while speaking at a Washington gathering to honor author and libertarian philosopher Ayn Rand, shared the news of Ms. Rand’s impact on his life and career. “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.”
Ryan would also use the occasion to refer to Social Security as a “collectivist system” that fails to allow the laborer in America to become a capitalist by denying workers the opportunity to hand over their retirement savings to the Wall Street casinos…
…Apparently, Paul Ryan’s recent scrape with the Catholic Church—which has taken extreme issue with Ryan’s plan to disproportionately beat up on the poor by cutting food stamps and other programs for the needy while claiming that his budget is rooted in Catholic beliefs—has caused the congressman to take a crack at at some revisionist history. Indeed, one might think that Ryan got a few tips on the topic while hanging out with Mitt Romney during the GOP presumptive nominee’s recent swing through Wisconsin.
In an interview in this week’s National Review, Ryan changed his tune on Ayn Rand– if not his budget that is the very embodiment of Rand’s morality and political perspective.
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, who believed that man needs divine help in the pursuit of knowledge. Don’t give me Ayn Rand.
Apparently, Ryan will be removing himself from his own Christmas list this year.