A statement I can’t disagree with.
To remain an unalloyed objectivist for one’s entire life is really, it seems to me, a form of arrested development.
One conservative making that point was Ryan. His citation of Rand was not casual. He’s a Rand nut. In the days before his star turn as America’s Accountant, Ryan once appeared at a gathering to honor her philosophy, where he announced, “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.” He continues to view Rand as a lodestar, requiring his staffers to digest her creepy tracts.
US Defense spending has doubled since 2001 and tax revenues have dropped from 36.93 (in FY2000) to 28.95 percent of GDP (in FY 2010) mainly due to tax cuts for the wealthy. Despite of this, Ryan proposed a budget that doesn’t address increasing defense spending nor decreased tax revenue.
And what does he want to do with Medicare? Repeal the ACA and then hand out vouchers to the so that people who are dependent on Medicare (usually the elderly and severely infirm), will have to use vouchers to purchase their insurance through the private market.
“The most important thing about the individual market — more important than the high prices and the lousy policies — is that no one has to sell you a health insurance policy. If you have the wrong medical profile, you could be simply uninsurable. That’s how a free market works.” That quote is from a Baseline Scenario report on why you must care about Medicare.
Ryan’s plan is serious.