- CRITTER TALK
Excerpt from Georgetown faculty letter
We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few . . .
Ryan said earlier this month that his Catholic faith shaped his budget proposal, and specifically cited the principle of “subsidiarity” – which he described as “federalism” or the idea that the “government closest to the people governs best.”
Georgetown faculty didn’t like that either:
Subsidiarity is not a free pass to dismantle government programs and abandon the poor to their own device, the letters says. “It calls for solutions to be enacted as close to the level of local communities as possible. But it also demands that higher levels of government provide help – ‘subsidium’ – when communities and local governments face problems beyond their means to address such as economic crises, high unemployment, endemic poverty and hunger.”
There could be muted appreciation of Paul Ryan’s speech later this week.
Honest people find it difficult to tell the truth all the time, so it is with liars, occasionally they tell the truth. Like all politicians Ryan wraps himself in one Christian denomination or another, but a few years back he let slip his true feelings on where his political philosophy originates. It was at an Ayn Rand appreciation dinner where he said this:
The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.” …
At the Rand celebration he spoke at in 2005, Ryan invoked the central theme of Rand’s writings when he told his audience that, “Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill – is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict – individualism versus collectivism.”
The Georgetown Jesuits have got it right. Paul Ryan is as Catholic as Mitt Romney, his actions speak volumes on his true calling which is to dismantle the Government as we know it, in true hypocritical, Randian fashion.