WSJ: Paul Ryan's Cross to Bear
Paul Ryan shocked the gentle souls at Georgetown University when he traveled up to their campus last Thursday and said: "We believe that Social Security legislation, now billed as a great victory for the poor and for the worker, is a great defeat for Christianity. It is an acceptance of the idea of force and compulsion." The Wisconsin Republican went on to lament that "we in our generation have more and more come to consider the state as bountiful Uncle Sam," and that citizens justify what they get from the state by saying, "We got it coming to us."continue at Wall Street Journal
Sure sounds like Mr. Ryan was channeling Ayn Rand.
Except for one thing. The words are not Mr. Ryan's. They come from a 1945 column by Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, in which she complained about how state intervention limits personal freedom and responsibility. Day's skepticism about government was reflected in her nickname for it: "Holy Mother State."
How far we have traveled since then. As the protests surrounding Mr. Ryan's appearance confirm, the Catholic left long ago jettisoned any worries about the size or scope of government (except for national defense). So the Sermon on the Mount now becomes a call for a single-payer system of universal health insurance.
In this worldview, those who believe otherwise—i.e., those who argue that you best help the poor by breaking down barriers to ownership and opportunity—are not simply mistaken. They are selfish and uncaring. It's the same meme President Obama played to when he recently characterized the GOP's approach as "you're on your own economics."
Thomas Reese SJ(Georgetown community organizer) was on Colbert last night. I don't think Reese did a very good job. Colbert I think did a fair job in the interview. Calls Reese a socialist. The main problem with the left is that they have no alternatives. Nobody on the left seems willing to address Ryan's main point, namely, immoral spending(borrowing money to pay for social programs with no plan to pay it back) will have to be paid for by our children. Social Security is the prime example - absolutely unsustainable but all we hear from the left is how the bourgeois are to blame(yet still unwilling to do what the communists did and confiscate everything supposedly in the name of the proletariat). I'm not against social programs run at the state level, but I am against not properly funding them. How is it moral to institute a social program with no intention of actually paying for it?
Maybe I need to just have a weekly Paul Ryan roundup.