Sunday, August 19, 2012

Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand

Paul's idol, Ayn Rand and he have something in common. They both collected Social Security. According  to Wikipedia, Ms. Rand, "In 1976 she retired from writing her newsletter and, despite her initial objections, reluctantly allowed Evva Pryor, a consultant from her attorney's office, to sign her up for Social Security and Medicare." According to my google skills, Paul Ryan, collected Social Security survivor benefits. Since he didn't need the money, he banked it and used it for college.*
Now I wonder shouldn't he pay it back? Also, maybe there should be some kind of means test, meaning people, who have millions, and really don't need it and bank their S.S., maybe they shouldn't be collecting it. It is amazing to me. I have known very wealthy people who can't wait to get that check for very different reasons than my poverty stricken grandmother.
Isn't that the point of the whole argument? These rich Republicans moan and groan about how Social Security is bankrupt, but they still collect, can't recall any of them saying they would send back the check. Never heard Boehner say it or Romney.  So, I can't wait to hear Ryan gush about how Ayn Rand inspired him to torture us with his bullshit, meanwhile, both of them are hypocrites. But we already knew that. Did anyone check out Tom Morello's fantastic rant in Rolling Stone about Ryan. What a pleasure to read. Rage is one of Ryan's favorite bands, who knew? How out of touch can you be? Proves what a damn idiot he is. But we knew that too.
Who is Paul Ryan? 10 facts about the VP pick - Kevin Cirilli -
Tom Morello: 'Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against' | Music News | Rolling Stone

1 comment:

  1. No, there should not be a means test for receiving Social Security. The program is, and always has been, a kind of compulsory insurance annuity.

    if you were entitled to private insurance money and the insurance company said, "Nuts to you. You've got a full bank account so we're not sending a check," you could sue and would be right to sue. And if the insurance company still refused to pay up, crowds with pitchforks would gather in front of the company's offices.

    The long term solution to an eventual Social Security shortfall and a sooner-to-come Medicare shortfall is higher premiums — achieved simply by raising the earnings cap past which people don't have to pay in for the rest of a given year.

    Raise the price, but keep the insurance.

    Crankily yours,
    The N ew York Crank