Printed letters, April 17, 2011

Ryan budget based on Rand’s philosophy

Since the publication of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican federal budget plan, a lot of people have been trying to pinpoint its philosophical underpinnings. This is no longer a mystery since the revelation Ryan is a disciple of cult novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, author of “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.”

Ryan’s devotion to Rand’s philosophy of “objectivism” — which holds that the only moral social system is one that fully recognizes individual rights and the only system which meets that criteria is what she described as “full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism” — explains why the Republican budget heavily favors the rich, penalizes the poor and elderly and destroys the idea that a social compact between citizens is vital to a vibrant society.

John Galt, in “Atlas Shrugged,” arrogantly proclaims, “The man at the top of the intellectual pyramid contributes the most to all those below him, but gets nothing except his material payment ... The man at the bottom who, left to himself, would starve in his hopeless ineptitude, contributes nothing to those above him, but receives the bonus of all their brains.”

Galt then concludes, “The world will change when you are ready to pronounce this oath: I swear by my Life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, not ask another man to live for the sake of mine.”

The Republican budget proposal showcases Rand’s belief that only the elite have any worth in our society, and anyone under them are nothing more than useless parasites.

Is this really the kind of country we want? I certainly hope not.

E. MICHAEL ERVIN Grand Junction

Grant regurgitates Dem talking points on Ryan plan

Bill Grant’s April 12 column regarding Rep. Scott Tipton’s support of the 2012 Paul Ryan budget plan is classic left-wing rhetoric that flies over basic facts in favor of political theater.

In 2010, the federal deficit was $1.3 trillion, adding approximately $3.5 billion per day to the national debt. In other words, the “record-setting” budget cuts last week “saved” a few days of debt growth.

I encourage everyone to watch Ryan’s 3-minute “Path to Prosperity” video and read the plan. It’s far from the Democrats’ talking points Bill Grant so willingly regurgitates. The plan is a sensible path toward fiscal sustainability. Nearly $6 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years may sound like a lot, but in the face of trillion-dollar deficits on top of a $14 trillion debt, the plan is a reasonable step in the right direction.

Our nation’s credit card is maxed out. Representatives, including Scott Tipton, who take the challenge on to fix it will make our nation’s future brighter and will be rewarded with our votes, despite the fear-mongering of Nancy Pelosi, the “cut-nothing-or-everyone-will-starve” Democratic leadership and members of their communications department in the media.

ALEX CHAFFETZ

Grand Junction

Prosecute bank execs instead of Barry Bonds

After reportedly spending $50 million of our tax dollars to prosecute former baseball star Barry Bonds for lying about steroid use (it was not illegal at the time) the government has secured a “victory” of sorts on a minor charge. Whoopee!

In the meantime, not a single Goldman Sachs or other bank executive has been prosecuted, much less gone to jail, for the outright fraud and criminal manipulations that caused the 2008 worldwide financial collapse, and cost millions of Americans their jobs and lifetime savings. The fraud included recommending investors buy securities with one hand, and then betting against those same securities with the other.

What gives? The media, and even our government prosecutors, seem more concerned with the minor transgressions of Barry Bonds, Lindsay Lohan and other celebrities, than in bringing justice to those who have really harmed us. Where are our national priorities?

ANDY WIESSNER

Snowmass



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