Several weeks ago, Representative Paul Ryan, the leading voice of the Republicans in the budgetary struggles currently going on in this country, announced a budget. While it was passed by the House and endorsed by presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, it has been vigorously opposed by the students of Georgetown and by the American bishops. One hundred Georgetown faculty members signed a letter protesting the Ryan budget which according to the Georgetown professors, “….continuing misuse of Catholic teachings to defend a budget that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few.” The Ryan budget would trim billions from programs for low-income, vulnerable citizens. The letter states, “In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and antagonism towards religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.”
In the past, Ryan has stated that Ayn Rand was an important influence in his thinking.