Skip to comments.Who is Paul Ryan? Romney's VP choice is follower of militant atheist activist (The smears begin)
Posted on 08/11/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A quick observation: How important could God be to Paul Ryan if his number one inspiration for going into public life is the works of militant atheist activist Ayn Rand? Republican leaders always claim that God is their number one inspiration, Jesus their favorite philosopher. Ryan's is a woman who made it her life mission to kill God and replace Him with man. Ryan can claim he's Catholic until the cows come home - he's obviously not that religious if his number one reason for being a politician is the philosophies of an avowed atheist activist.
Mitt Romney has chosen uber-conservative GOP House members Paul Ryan as his vice presidential candidate.
Ryan is most famous recently for his draconian bugget proposal that even fellow Republicans eventually walked away from.
Here is a quick bio on Ryan - what's interesting to me is that he only has a bachelor's degree. While that's not, in the modern era it's not at all uncommon for presidential candidates to have gone to graduate school as well (though, as the GOP now has disdain for a college education, per Rick Santorum, this likely won't hurt Ryan with the Republican minions).
This also means that Ryan's supposed "expertise" in economics and budgeting comes from undergrad courses in economics. Milton Friedman he ain't.
The other problem with Ryan's bio is that he has next to zero experience outside of Washington politics. His only real work experience outside of government (or "consulting" to the family business), is working as a waiter at Tortilla Coast, as a trainer at a gym, and driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Ryan's health is also a serious concern. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: (My father) died of a heartattack at 55, my grandfather died of a heart attack at 57, my great-grandfather died of heart attack at 59, so Im into the health thing, says Ryan." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,4/26/09) Ryan is a big fan of militant atheist right-wing philosopher Ayn Rand:
"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 said during a 2005 event honoring Rand in Washington, D.C., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in April 2009.
During the 2005 gathering, Ryan told the audience, "Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill ... is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict -- individualism versus collectivism." The event was hosted by The Atlas Society, which prominently features a photo of Rand on its website and describes itself as a group that "promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom."
Ryan also said during a 2003 interview with the Weekly Standard, "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. He noted that he "looked into" Rand's work when he was younger, but reiterated that he is a Christian and reads the Bible often.
In 2009, Ryan posted two videos on his Facebook page raving about the importance of Rand's views.
"If 'Atlas Shrugged' author Ayn Rand were alive today, here's the urgent message I think she'd be conveying," Ryan wrote alongside the first video, titled "Ayn Rand's relevance in 2009." So his favorite philosopher isn't God - but an avowed, militant atheist. That should go over well with the base.
And here's the bio from an oppo doc. Name: Paul Davis Ryan Born: Jan. 29, 1970 Home: Janesville, Wisconsin Education: BA, Economics/Political Science, Miami University, Ohio, 1992 Janesville Craig High School, 1988 Career: Legislative Director, United States Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, 1995-1997 Aide, United States Senator Robert Kasten of Wisconsin, 1992Economic Adviser, Speechwriter, Empower America, 1993 - 1995Former Speechwriter, Jack Kemp Vice Presidential CampaignFormer Speechwriter, Office of the Director of National Drug Control Policy Former President, Ryan Incorporated Elected Office: Representative, United States House of Representative, 1998-present Organizations: Member, Community Solutions and Initiatives CoalitionCo-Chair, Congressional Sportsmens CaucusMember, Ducks UnlimitedMember, Janesville Bowmen, IncorporatedBoard Member, Rock County Junior AchievementMember, Saint John Vianney's Parish Member, Saint Marys Parish More on Ryan:
1. The Ryan budget raises taxes on the middle class - married couples earning between $100,000 to $200,000 a year would see their tax burden raise about $2700 because of eliminated deductions, while households earning more than $1 million a year would save $300,000.
2. Ryan cuts Medicaid by 45%, leaving 19m people without health care.
3. Ryan's budget would add $3.1 trillion to the deficit, more than would be added under current law.
4. Would end Medicare as we know it, moving the eligibility age up to 67 from 65, and putting caps on spending. If senior don't like it, he'd give them a voucher to go get violated with a private insurance plan that would likely cost them their entire life savings.
5. Wants to privatize Social Security.
6. Supports allowing states to jail women who get, and doctors who perform, abortions. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/26/98)
7. Would outlaw abortion, even for rape and incest (Associated Press, 9/26/98).
8. Ryan voted for the auto bailout, then criticized it (Janesville Gazette, 5/3/10).
9. Ryan voted for the Bush tax cuts, but felt they were too small (States News Service, 5/4/01).
First Read notes some other problems with Ryan: There are also holes in Ryans budget-hawk armor: He voted for some of the biggest drivers of the deficit/debt -- the Bush tax cuts, the Iraq war, and the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, all of which werent paid for. Moreover, Ryan voted against the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles recommendations.
Has never held statewide office and has no foreign-policy experience. Both could be liabilities. And while Romney has criticized Obama for not having private-sector experience, the same is largely true of Ryan: As the New Yorker has written, Ryan briefly worked for his familys business as a marketing consultant, but most of his adult life has been spent as a congressman, congressional aide, or speechwriter/analyst at Jack Kemps Empower America think tank.
Fun fact: Ryan's childhood nickname is "P.D.," which in French means "f*g."
PAINT A DEVOUT CATHOLIC AS A DEVOTE OF AN ATHEIST?
LOOKS LIKE GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.
I BELIEVE THE SUN RISES IN THE EAST, SO DOES ADOLF HITLER, THEREFORE, I AM AN ANTI-SEMITE?
Wow! The list above is almost as good as your parody!
Rather have a disciple of Rand then a follower of Christian Socialism like the USCB.
You can dearly love certain aspects of someone’s writings, and not identify with their full spectrum of beliefs.
I’m not an atheist. I do think at least some of Ayne Rand’s writings are quite good.
The DNCp is so full of hate.
Isn’t it possible to have two inspirations, one religious and one political philosophy? And, one could be somewhat contradictory to the other on certain issues, but both can be beneficial to restoring both faith and fiscal responsibility in this country.
I suppose that it’s even more objectionable for a Christian to like the philosophy of a pagan like Aristotle.
Agree with you. As a conservative Christian, I can still appreciate some of Rand’s writing. God grants some gifts to the reprobate. The rain falls on the good and evil alike.
Well, I must confess, being from the year 3012... I do have a leg up what those Liberal, Commie, Pinko, Scumbag Democrats are up to--
RE: You can dearly love certain aspects of someones writings, and not identify with their full spectrum of beliefs.
As I said before, Democrats cannot argue cogently.
If you’re a conservative, They will desperately try to find something in common that you share a hated historical figure and then on that basis tell the world — AHA, see, he is an anti-semite, or a sympathizer of a mass murderer.
So what does that make Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright??
The final line displays the intellectual level of the piece:
“Fun fact: Ryan’s childhood nickname is “P.D.,” which in French means ‘f*g.’”
I think as a Catholic, Ryan is being true to St. Thomas Aquinas' philosophy, ~truth is truth no matter where it is found~.
Sounds like my kind of guy.
Looks like the rats had a smear ready for all the GOP VP picks.
It is simply an appeal to the aged 1960s Marxist-Alinsky campus radicals (psycho spoiled brats) and their bratty ideological issue that's all that means.
Of course.. obviously it has nothing to do with the fact his name is Paul Davis Ryan. Nope, has to be for the other reason.
Bring it, Aravosis.
Isn’t that a great saying. Very nice. Thanks for the comments.
The “mudslinging” has already begun. With the London summer olympics winding down, a new olympics has begun, the 2012 USA Presidential race.
So is Ryan a radical Randian or a radical theocrat? (These are exactly opposite positions of course).
Of course they did. And the more absurd the smear is, the more it will be used. Evil is as Evil does...
Of course they do, They would of had a full plate with Christy. I’m happy He will be in NJ
I’m sure we’ll have old Joe as a judge on American Idol before the election and Obama will magically save a kitten from a tree.
I agree. And this from the party that has worked it’s ass off to remove God from the public day to day.
If he was an atheist, he could be their kind of guy. So now they attack him on that point anyway.
These folks are absolute frauds, no bedrock values at all. They’ll morph to anything, if it will be destructive to the U. S.
Mr. Andrea Mitchell was also a fan of Ms. Rand. He seems to have been acceptable.
I have no idea what Milton Friedman thought about his Jewish faith or any other religion but I know he was absolutely right about the economy. To fault Ryan or Rand for matters of religion and to ignore the economic message of both is to be grasping at straws. This is a pitiable attack.
Like Rush says, you know who the Left fears by who they attack. Ryan will chew up and spit out these Lefties, and they know it. There’s a new sheriff in town!
“...and driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.” That’s just perfect - he can be Romney’s chauffeur!
I can’t stand Ayn Rand as a person, but Atlas Shrugged is a visionary masterpiece and very important to me.
I wish more people would read it. Maybe they will now if only out of morbid curiousity.
Obviously written by fans of Barack Oblama.
Wel Mr. John Aravosis, have considered another line of work or perhaps a hobby?
Biden debating Ryan will look like Tara Reid debating Ann Coulter.
Nancy can claim she's Catholic until the cows come home - she's obviously not that religious if she is a pro-abortion hetrophobe. (There fixed it for comparison. Something a libtard writer will never acknowlege even if whacked in the face with it.)
And BTW, John Aravosis, does that mean Ayn Rand has no valid philosophies about anything because she is an atheist?
Go ahead and keep blasting Paul Ryan for "not enough" experience, government or private, but wait for the honest side-by-side comparisons with Biden and/or Obama. Which, I am sure, you are about to do.
How the hell does that work?
It’s pretty a pretty lame argument indeed.
What makes me LOL is that the “party of tolerance” has so little they can say against Ryan that they have to try calling him a “f*g”. Not only does it show their immaturity level but it shows their “tolerance” is just a load of crap that they don’t mean, since they have no qualms about name-calling (bullying) AND act as if a “f*g” is a terrible thing to be called.
These people are stuck on stupid. But I’m hoping this is a sign that the abject hatred they have for Paul Ryan DOES lead to a meltdown of all the waxy coating they use to hide who they really are.
RE: So is Ryan a radical Randian or a radical theocrat?
To a Democrat, Ryan can be both, depending on the audience they are spewing their vile to.
Logic has nothing to do with it. Only rhetoric.
For examples of these, just watch MSNBC.
The pick of Paul Ryan has made the “Man Child messiah” very angry. His head is spinning. Time for some popcorn!
Make this election a choice between an admirer of Ayn Rand and an admirer of Karl Marx
Please, do ...
This twit’s absurdities are not worthy of comment.
The insanity is self-evident.
“Congressman Ryan has a deep, abiding respect for all human life, including unborn children and their mothers, the disabled, and the elderly. ... The pro-life Romney-Ryan team stands in sharp contrast to the avowed pro-abortion administration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. With the election of a Romney-Ryan ticket, America, and her children, will be in good hands.”
Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president
Paul Ryan on Abortion
Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mothers life. (Oct 2003)
Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Voted YES on funding for health providers who don’t provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
Congress shall protect life beginning with fertilization. (Jan 2011)
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)
Paul Ryan on Budget & Economy
Stimulus spending spree created debt but few jobs. (Jan 2011)
America is on an unsustainable fiscal path. (Sep 2010)
Automatic stabilizer spending is mandatory spending. (Jan 2010)
Freeze spending now, rather than in future budget. (Jan 2010)
Road Map for America’s Future: cut entitlement spending. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on defining “energy emergency” on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
Member of the House Republican Economic Recovery Working Group. (Sep 2010)
Chair of House Budget Committee. (Mar 2011)
Paul Ryan on Crime
Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
Voted NO on expanding services for offenders’ re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
Paul Ryan on Energy & Oil
Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
Voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
Drill the Outer Continental Shelf; & license new nuke plants. (Mar 2011)
Paul Ryan on Environment
Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
Voted YES on deauthorizing “critical habitat” for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Paul Ryan on Foreign Policy
America is the most pro-human idea ever conceived. (Sep 2010)
Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
Voted YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Paul Ryan on Health Care
Open-ended healthcare entitlement moves US toward bankruptcy. (Jan 2011)
Washington Way: closed-door deals & one-party votes. (Sep 2010)
ObamaCare passed with no GOP support & split Democrats. (Sep 2010)
For tax credits; high-risk pools; & regulatory reform. (Sep 2010)
Medicare is a $38 trillion unfunded liability—add vouchers. (Jan 2010)
Road Map: buy health insurance from any state in the country. (Jul 2009)
Replace Medicare with $9500/year private insurance payment. (Jul 2009)
Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
Voted YES on repealing the “Prevention and Public Health” slush fund. (Apr 2011)
Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
Voted NO on expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
Paul Ryan on Immigration
Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Paul Ryan on Jobs
Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA’s Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
Rated 7% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Allow an Air Traffic Controller’s Union. (Jan 2006)
Rated 58% by CEI, indicating a mixed voting record on Big Labor. (May 2012)
Paul Ryan on Social Security
Only younger members in Congress support reform. (Nov 2010)
Invest 1/3 of payroll tax in personal savings account. (Sep 2010)
Comprehensive model to restructure retirement accounts. (May 2010)
Road Map: invest 5.1% income into personal account. (Jul 2009)
Proposed bill to invest 50% of FICA in personal accounts. (Dec 2007)
Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Paul Ryan on Tax Reform
Road Map: simplified two-level flat tax. (Jul 2009)
Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax (”death tax”). (Apr 2001)
Voted YES on eliminating the “marriage penalty”. (Jul 2000)
Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Rated 72% by NTU, indicating “Satisfactory” on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Paul Ryan on War & Peace
Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone. (May 2011)
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Paul Ryan on Families & Children
Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
Rated 91% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
Paul Ryan on Civil Rights
Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
Rated 36% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
At an Atlas Society meeting celebrating Ayn Rand’s life in 2005, Ryan said that “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”, and “I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. Its inspired me so much that its required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff.” In response to criticism from Catholic leaders, in 2012 Ryan distanced himself from Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, telling National Review, “I reject her philosophy. It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview”, and noting that his views were more aligned with those of the Roman Catholic philosopher and saint, Thomas Aquinas, than Ayn Rand. Dont give me Ayn Rand, he said in 2012.
328 posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 7:10:37 AM by onedoug
With that record I would rather is it Ryan/Romney.
Ayn Rand is the best they've got?
Hmmm...actually, that's pretty good. It makes me want to vote for Ryan and donate money to his campaign!
Definitely a smart pick by Romney and a start in the right direction.
Between Romney picking Ryan and the hatred of and for obama and the mess he's made, Romney/Ryan2012 is headed for a landslide win and a mandate to undo what obama has done unto us.
Seek, that is an excellent rollup. I’m doing the microscope thing on it right now.
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