Seven ways in which Paul Ryan has expressed his affection for Ayn Rand

Jonathan Chait has put together a baker’s half-dozen examples of things Rep. Paul Ryan has SAID OR DONE to express his affinity for the views of political philosopher Ayn Rand: 1. Spent the Bush years demanding larger, more regressive tax cuts than Bush himself was proposing, urging them to be less afraid of “class warfare.” 2. Spent the Obama years repeatedly proposing budgets that “would produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history.” 3. Listed Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, as one...

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Paul Ryan won’t let poor people testify at hearing on poverty

THIS is like holding a panel discussion among men only on the issues facing women: On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will hold a hearing on poverty called “A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines.”  While it will feature three experts, none of them are actually low-income Americans who struggle to get by. But that’s not for lack of trying from some poor people themselves. Witnesses to Hunger, an advocacy project that shares the stories of low-income Americans, has tried and failed twice to have some...

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Economists cited by Paul Ryan in his poverty report say he distorted their work

Talk about cooking the books! Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, has been busy of late concocting  arguments for why the government should avoid efforts to help poor people. No big surprise there, right? Ah, but Ryan apparently has been falsifying his research on the matter, as we see HERE: Rep. Paul Ryan misrepresented or misunderstood the data he cited in his exhaustive critique of the federal safety net, said some of the economists he cited in his 204-page report. The former vice presidential candidate relied heavily on academic...

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This guy says Paul Ryan is odds-on favorite to win GOP nomination in 2016

It’s still too early for me to agree with Kevin Drum on THIS MATTER, but he offers food for thought: There’s been a lot of blathering about who the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is, and so far I’ve resisted taking part. But I guess I’m kind of curious: Is there much of a case to be made for anyone other than Paul Ryan? On the substantive side, Ryan sure seems like he’s setting himself up for a run. There’s his steady series of “unheralded” anti-poverty outreach...

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Paul Ryan loves poor folks? Who knew?

Jonathan Chait employs a sarcastic tone in THIS PIECE about the Paul Ryan you never knew: Paul Ryan’s most remarkable talent is an ability to communicate his intentions in such a way as to make political reporters certain of his genuineness. The normal rules of political reporting — analyzing a politician’s every word and deed as a political tactic — are suspended when Ryan is involved. I noticed this when, in the course of researching my Ryan profile, I found that reporters constantly described him as lacking political ambition, despite his...

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