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So some of you may have heard that Romney picked a running mate this past weekend, Paul Ryan, a Representative from Wisconsin. And you may have wondered, who is that guy with the creepy eyes that I may, or may not have heard of before? Well, we have some answers for you, below the fold...
1.Paul Ryan once drove an Oscar Mayer Weinermobile- Yes this is true. For a guy who rails against the government, Ryan has spent most of his life happily ensconced in the warm bosom of government work. One of his few non-government jobs was working one summer in college driving around in a truck shaped like a huge hot dog. Which actually, is kinda cool.
2. Ryan thinks Medicare should be replaced with coupons- Which is not very cool at all. Everyone loves coupons, except when you are forced to trade your health care in for them. It is estimated that Ryan's plan would raise the cost of health care for seniors by about $6,000 a year. So then seniors be forced to use a lot more coupons in everyday life as well.
3. His great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all died in their 50s- Paul Ryan is only 42, and works out avidly. "Nuff said.
4. He is a big fan of Ayn Rand- Though Ryan has now slowly, and carefully backed away from such gushing fandom of the author and her novel Atlas Shrugged, he has stated on the record on many occasions how much the author has changed his life. He has also stated that it is required reading for all staffers in his office. My opinion of the novel is encapsulated by this quote:
There are two novels that can transform a bookish 14-year-kid’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs.” – Kung Fu Monkey
5. Ryan went to college because of Social Security- Though he hates entitlement programs, and would love to gut them, Ryan himself is a success story because of entitlement programs. As mentioned before, Ryan's father died when Ryan was 16, and Ryan received Social Security death benefits until he was 18. Ryan has stated that he saved up those checks, and used them to help enroll himself in college when the time came. Yet Ryan would love to cut the Pell Grant program, which also helps struggling students go to college. No wonder nuns hate him. Which leads to number 6...
6. Nuns hate him- They hate him so much, they toured across country to let other people know how much they hate him. For some odd reason, the nuns believed that the Ryan plan to cut the food stamp program so that the richest 1% could get a tax cut was anti-Christian.
Catholic Bishops are supporting the nuns efforts to call out Christian politicians on their budget-cutting hypocrisy. "In an April release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the bishops called on Congress and the Administration to protect essential help for poor families and vulnerable children and put the poor first in budget priorities," the CNN report added.
According to the teachings of Christ, the rich are supposed to help the poor, not cause them more suffering in the name of tax cuts for themselves and trickle-down economics.
7. He believes that fertilized eggs are people- Ryan has co-sponsored legislation that states that life begins as soon as an egg is fertilized. When such amendments have been put to the vote of the people, they have been continually voted down, even in the reddest of states, like Mississippi. Such legislation would outlaw all abortion, even in the cases of rape or incest, or if the mother's life was in danger, as well as many in vitro procedures.
So to sum it up, Paul Ryan is an avid fan of Ayn Rand's "I got mine!" philosophy of government. He thinks of himself as self-made,rails against the government, all the while relying on the government for most of his life. He believes that government should stay out of everyone's way, and out of their business. In a break with Rand however, he believes that the government should stay up the reproductive tracts of women as much as possible. In other words, Ryan is very much in lockstep with modern Republican beliefs.