“This isn’t from a secret video, it’s from the untranscribed portion of Ryan’s 2005 speech at the Atlas Society’s “Celebration of Ayn Rand.” It fits well with the Romney video because it makes clear that middle class entitlements, “so called defined benefit programs” such as Social Security and Medicare ARE an explicit strategic target because they are collectivistic, socialistic and foster dependency.
“[...] It is impossible to summarize these statements without sounding like a breathless conspiracy theorist. Here’s what Ryan says. Don’t trust my bullets. Read the transcript. Don’t trust my transcript, listen to the audio on the Atlas Society site.
- Ryan describes Social Security and Medicare as “collectivist” and “socialistic.”
- Ryan’s strategic plan: privatize Social Security and Medicare in order to convert people from “collectivism” to believers in a “individualist capitalist” philosophy. So that there will be “more people on our team” who “won’t listen to” Democrats.
- Ryan’s acceptance of Pinochet’s Secretary of Social Security José Piñera’s similar program of Social Security privatization as a “moral revolution” that made Marxists into capitalists who started to read the Chilean equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. Ryan is overheard, “Yeah” “That’s right.”
“In the published transcript Ryan states that like Rand, he views all political and policy questions as battle between individualism and collectivism.
“In almost every fight we are involved in here, on Capitol Hill, whether it’s an amendment vote that I’ll take later on this afternoon, or a big piece of policy we’re putting through our Ways and Means Committee, it is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict: individualism vs. collectivism.”
“This philosophy leaves no room for Catholic notions of Government in service to the common good, there is no room for a social conception of the human person. Rejection of Rand’s atheism notwithstanding, Ryan’s policies are based on a political philosophy completely at odds with the principles of Catholic Social Doctrine. “Prudence” is an insufficient measure of his proposals and the threat this philosophy poses to the Catholic faithful.”
Putting aside the principles of Catholic Social Doctrine for a moment, what a flaming, hypocritical jackwagon this guy is! Where was brave Paul Ryan on the perils of collectivism, socialism, and individualism vs. collectivism when he was banking his Social Security Survivor Benefits for college? For that matter, Ryan’s heroine, Ayn Rand, extolled all this atheistic, selfish bullshit while collecting SS and Medicare herself!
Explain to me why anyone who isn’t a billionaire would support this clown?