I read an interesting piece in This Week magazine. It seems that Rep. Paul Ryan has been rebuked by the Catholic Church for his proposed budget that cuts trillions of dollars in spending for food stamps, Medicare, and education while providing trillions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthy. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Ryan's budget "fails to meet the essential moral mandate of Catholicism" and is more a reflection of the values of Ayn Rand than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged (Ryan gives a copy to all his interns), believed that compassion was morally wrong and described the poor as "leeches who weakened society". Now that he has had his hand slapped by the Church Rep. Ryan claims to reject Ms. Rand's philosophy and has now chosen Thomas Aquinas as his new role model. It will be interesting to see if he alters his budget proposal to reflect a more Christian philosophy.
Quote of the Day
Man should not consider his material possessions his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when other are in need.
Note: Columnists quoted in magazine article were Dana Milbank and Marc Thiessen, The Washington Post, and Jay Bookman, AJC.com.