Seventy percent of Americans want the American dream. They believe in the American idea. Only 30 percent want the welfare state. Before too long, we could become a society where the net majority of Americans are takers, not makers.
~ Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, via Huffington Post
“Public welfare is the welfare of those who do not earn it; those who do, are entitled to no welfare.”
— John Galt
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Part 3, Chapter 7)
And what is notable about these and will effect the debate tomorrow is that Mr. Ryan makes the same case that Mitt Romney was making when he made those devastating 47 percent remarks. In Mr. Ryan’s case, he doesn’t use the phrase ’47 percent.’ He picks a slightly different figure. For him, the figure is 30 percent.
. . . This idea that a large proportion of the country are just dependent, mooching victims to whom the American dream is inapplicable, who are beyond the reach of the kind of politics the Republican ticket is offering, it turns out it is both guys on the ticket who believe that.
~ Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, quoted by Raw Story
Why is Ryan dissing the GOP base?
~ comment by BOBINMO on Huffington Post
I don't mind Paul saying that because he has a vast experience outside the government. Oh wait.......
~ comment by Enlightened22 on Huffington Post
Ryan's family's construction company was successful...on GOVERNMENT CONTACTS for rural highways...
Ryan funded his college with SOCIAL SECURITY...
after a short run in the private sector as the Oscar Mayer We_in_er Moblie Driver...
has spent the last 14 YEARS ON THE GOVERNMENT PAYROLL...
in which time he authored TWO BILLS. That's ONE BILL every 7 YEARS.
It sounds to me like he's the one living off the taxpayer and not wanting to work.
~ comment by EllisIsland on Huffington Post
47% layabouts? 30% lazy bums? Who's right about Americans? Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan?
Peas in a pod. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have complete disdain for a large portion of Americans. They just disagree about whether nearly half are lazy, Obama-voting bums unwilling to give up their government handouts or nearly a third are.
. . . The contempt with which this pair holds tens of millions of Americans oozes from their pores and other orifices. On that score, we should consider ourselves lucky. Many plutocrats have learned how to conceal their scorn, making them far more palatable to voters who don't look past their veneer.
~ Meteor Blades on Daily Kos
Ryan actually used Makers and Takers. No dog whistles with that guy. Straight up Rand.
~ comment by greblos on Daily Kos
Nobody told Ryan that Atlas Shrugged was a work of fiction. Bad fiction at that.
~ comment by Happy Camper on Daily Kos
pic via HistoricalRomneys
Report: 30% want Paul Ryan to play the next Batman. 70% wish he would go away & become lifetime president of Wisconsin Ayn Rand society.— Pat Bateman(@PBatemanNY) October 3, 2012
On the bright side, Ryan has written off 17% fewer of the American people than Romney: huff.to/Wg0gYY
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) October 2, 2012
Paul Ryan, who is 50% of the most out-of-touch ticket in memory, says 30% of Americans "want their welfare state." j.mp/SwShGq
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 2, 2012
Paul Ryan, privileged white kid born into wealth, shuttled through private school straight into gov't, telling us who's working hard enough.— David Roberts (@drgrist) October 2, 2012
Paul Ryan struggling. Reads Ayn Rand till the Ambien kicks in, sleeps till noon, and just doodles sketches of himself in Congress all day.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 28, 2012
PAUL RYAN: "Ayn Rand taught me my values." AYN RAND: "The morality of altruism will destroy civilization." Umm, any questions?— CJ Werleman (@rationalists) September 26, 2012