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I couldn't figure out why the Republican Party would risk alienating seniors just before the 2012 elections. The house republicans have adopted the Paul Ryan budget proposal which will eliminate Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. Congressman Paul Ryan is feverishly trying to emphasize that those over the age of 55 will not be affected but the premise of his intentions are now known. Mr. Ryan is a follower of the teachings of Ayn Rand. Congressman Ryan said Ayn Rand is the reason he entered politics and requires his staff to read her work. He is not alone in his admiration for the philosophy of Ayn Rand; he is joined by Ron and Rand Paul, Clarence Thomas, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, John Stossel, Andrew Napolitano, and the Tea Party group, FreedomWorks.

Ayn Rand (January, 20 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter but her political philosophy is what people remember her for. She wrote books emphasizing laissez-faire capitalism and the importance of property rights, small government, and that we should praise and encourage the greed and selfishness that create the determination within the individual to work hard and obtain wealth. What some of some of us call the “safety net" she called the “welfare state." Her whole philosophy is based on Objectivism. It's just now catching on again, because the National Journal has taken the time to analyze the number of times Ayn Rand has been mentioned in the last ten sessions of Congress. Only 23 times, it turns out, mostly by Ron Paul and now his son Rand..Ayn Rand advocated the "the virtue of selfishness" and even condemned Christianity(social justice?) because of their love and compassion for the less fortunate. She was a self- described pro- choice atheist who still has a continuing influence on right-wing politics and libertarianism. I'm beginning to see why some posters are always promoting tiny government instead of efficient government; they want to drown the beast. It's the same for taxation which they might call "theft."The words "fair share" is not in their vocabulary. This philosophy is not to be confused with Reaganomics, which is a trickle down theory.

I think if you have some idea where a person is coming from; it's much easier to try the find a place of compromise. There's no question that the entitlements need reform but like other programs we need to “mend it not end it." I know those 54 year olds will get to be my age; then what? Who is going to insure them and what will they do after the $15,000 voucher runs out? I agree, we can't sustain the rising cost of Medicare and Social Security because by the year 2030, their costs will double and be 60% of GDP; if we don't come to a consensus. While I'm thankful that Congressman Ryan brought the issue to the front, despite the political risk; I don't think he can justify making those 55 years old and younger paying the full cost of medical care. Everything should be a shared sacrifice because people in my age group should not benefit on the backs of the working middle class. Last week someone said that the United States is quickly becoming an insurance company with a military.