Charles Pierce DEFTLY PARSES just one paragraph of a recent speech by Paul Ryan, wherein the Republican lawmaker from Janesville peddles the dangerous libertarianism of Ayn Rand.
Pierce concludes with this advice to Ryan:
Stop running away from your constituents, and siccing the cops on them back home while you’re in Hawaii, and ask some guy who got laid off at the Janesville GM plant last spring, if his primary worry is that his unemployment check is turning him complacent and draining him of his incentive to look for a job that probably isn’t there, because unemployment in your district is running in double digits. Is that guy a maker or a taker? Speak up. Your constituents would like to know.
AFTERTHOUGHT: Oh how I wish that Ryan was running for president, if only to see his pseudo-intellectual nostrums refuted on a national stage.
UPDATE: In the Ryan speech at issue here, he makes this argument:
We are an upwardly mobile society with a lot of income movement between income groups. Telling Americans that they’re stuck in their current station in life, that they’re a victim of circumstances beyond their control, and that the government’s role is to help them cope with it — that’s not who we are, that’s not what we do.
That’s nonsense, as see HERE and as this chart illustrates: