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ELECTION: Ryan pick panders to the far right

Letter by Bambi Lin Litchman, Tacoma on Aug. 13, 2012 at 10:01 am | 22 Comments »
August 13, 2012 3:32 pm

Mitt Romney put the flip in flop, but his choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate signals a clear intention to pander to the right wing of the Republican Party.

Ryan, highly revered by the tea party, is the author of a national budget so draconian that The New York Times called it “the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times.” Ryan supports ending Medicare as we know it and would cut and privatize Social Security. The Ryan plan would slash the budget mercilessly for the less fortunate – all the while cutting taxes for the wealthiest individuals in the country.

Catholic bishops and nuns have stated outright that Ryan’s cruel plan is immoral. President Obama stated that the budget is “nothing but thinly veiled social Darwinism.”

Ryan credits the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged,” for spurring him into politics. She stated that altruism is evil, believed selfishness is a virtue and condemned Christianity for helping the poor.

Romney, once a moderate and effective Republican governor, appears to have lost his core. His choice of Paul Ryan is a stark move to the far right.

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