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Original post made by Ted Rudow III, MA, Palo Alto High School, on Aug 14, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan as Romney' his vice presidential running mate. At an Atlas Society meeting celebrating Ayn Rand's life in 2005, Ryan said that "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", and "I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff."
American's elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan, has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime motive for the war in Iraq was oil. Alan Greenspan was Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board (FRB). He had served on the FRB since 1987 when he was appointed by President Reagan. Dr. Greenspan served on advisory boards for Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.
Greenspan was born and educated in New York City, where he earned a BA, MA and, 27 years later in 1977, a PhD in economics. After earning his MA in 1950, Greenspan became a 20-year associate of famed philosopher Ayn Rand, author of books "The Virtue of Selfishness","Atlas Shrugged" and more. Greenspan wrote for Rand’s newsletters and authored a chapter for a Rand book. As legend has it, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan was once a member of Ayn Rand's 1960's salon. He was invited guest at Rand's apartment and apparently was close enough to have read her epic Atlas Shrugged as it came off her typewriter. Philip Rothschilds ordered one of his mistresses (Ayn Rand) to write an 1100-page book that would describe to all witches how they would take control of the World through the Illuminati: It's called Atlas Shrugged.

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Posted by wheres John Galt
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Ted: I find it as amazing as all the other democrats that Romney picked Ryan. He is NOT a fiscal conservative (he voted for everything Bush wanted.) He wants to privatize Social Security in a way that even Bush/Cheney though was reckless (Bush called it "irresponsible"). Ryan co-sponsored a trans-vaginal ultrasound bill like the one in Virginia (how's that for 'small' government, Ayn!) The list goes on.

Already behind in most of the swing states, this Ryan pick pretty much lock's the race for the White House and gives the Dems a leg up on the (formerly improbable task of keeping the) Senate. While the Dems were favored to gain a few House seats, this GOP ticket may be the gamechanger Nancy Pelosi was looking for to return as Speaker.

Locally, on this forum, I see less of the usual conservations and fringe libertarians posting (anecdotally, of course.) Are they in shock? Ted's Ayn Rand post, in the old days, would have been bombarded by the few, vocal libertarians that post here.

Maybe they all read this from Politico and are going through the 7 early stages of Romney Ryan loss grief (now in denial):

"Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren't being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington:Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right - and a huge chance of going horribly wrong ," Alex Burns, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin report. "In more than three dozen interviews with Republican strategists and campaign operatives - old hands and rising next-generation conservatives alike - the most common reactions to Ryan ranged from gnawing apprehension to hair-on-fire anger that Romney has practically ceded the election. It is not that the public professions of excitement about the Ryan selection are totally insincere. It is that many of the most optimistic Republican operatives will privately acknowledge that their views are being shaped more by fingers-crossed hope than by a hard-headed appraisal of what's most likely to happen. And the more pessimistic strategists don't even feign good cheer: They think the Ryan pick is a disaster for the GOP.

Many of these people don't care that much about Romney - they always felt he faced an improbable path to victory - but are worried that Ryan's vocal views about overhauling Medicare will be a millstone for other GOP candidates in critical House and Senate races."

Along with the first four days of the Romney Ryan team being a disaster (they can't even figure out who''s budget to use, which plan to kill Medicare with, or whose tax cut plan for the 1% to stand behind!) it seems that conservatives are in for a very long 85 days.

Enjoy the Republican convention and try to pretend you don't know you're crowning a ticket that will lose by over 100 electoral votes, dragging the down ticket ballots for the House and Senate with them. With Ryan losing in November and out for 2016, and Christie likely to lose next year, who will the GOP re-group around in 2016?

Another Bush?

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Posted by gary not
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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