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Ayn Rand, Welfare Queen: Living High On Government Assistance?

There are 5 comments on the About.com story from Feb 6, 2011, titled Ayn Rand, Welfare Queen: Living High On Government Assistance?. In it, About.com reports that:

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Ayn Rand - Welfare Queen

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#1 Feb 6, 2011
Talk about right wing hypocrisy!

All this time she had been telling us that government is naughty, naughty, naughty. Bad, bad, bad. Government isn't the solution. Government is the problem.

Now now, brown cow?

So, it turns out she survived on government handouts just like corporations and farmers who rely on subsidies while decrying interventionism. Humph ~ Such hypocrisy!

Let's hear a resounding call of condemnation from all the far right pundits who continually tell us that handouts from the government are evil, evil, evil. That they are against everything good such as mom & apple pie, free enterprise, job creation, the promotion of wholesomeness, and other niceties while creating massive deficits - that the welfare state is a product of treasonous commie, pinko, socialism, Marxism, Obamaism, and other forms of subversive nonsense that has no basis in reality, pragmatism, or any form of common sense.

Let's hear it Tea Baggers!

Let's hear it Republicans!

Let's hear it wrong ... oops, right wingers!


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#2 Feb 7, 2011
Social Security is funded through dedicated payroll taxes while, funding for Medicare comes partially from payroll taxes. This proves that these programs can not be entirely termed as "Government handouts" due fact that they are not something that is given freely or distributed gratis (without compensation).

BTW, anyone who has ever worked a legitimate (income taxpaying job) would know and understand this fact.
Ayn Rand - Welfare Queen

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#3 Feb 7, 2011
Preaching to the choir, buddy.

It was Rand who said that anyone who took these monies was a 'welfare leech' who refused to fend for themselves and prepare for old age. This shows her hypocrisy. Further, the Tea B.aggers and others who defend her show their hypocrisy by refusing to condemn her for her stupidity and double standards.

As for me, these programs are necessary - I have paid my share of taxes since the early 1970s and, in fact, worked in the tax field for 20 years. I paid and never condemned these programs even once. Therefore, as I approach my 60s, I will soon be entitled to get back what I paid for and endorsed all these years.

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#4 Feb 7, 2011
Same here AR-WQ.

However, the term "Government handouts" do not, imo, fully apply to the S.S. or Medicare programs due to the fact that you and I, as legitimate working income taxpayers, have no choice but to be part of their funding. Therefore, imo, neither program can be completely termed as a "handout" when used by those who have worked a legitimate income tax paying job.

A "handout" is defined as something given to you without you ever having worked and/or paid for it with money you earned. This would apply to the countless, and often ever over-breeding, generational "cradle to grave" welfare recipients that have plagued this Country since LBJ.

As for your "tea party" comments, all I can say is that there will always be a small, yet vocal, number of those that subscribe to extremist view points regardless of which political position they belong to. This can also be seen in some extremist liberals (some of which, have never worked and/or paid income taxes in their entire lives).

Your apparent attempt to define all "tea party" followers, Republicans, and "right wingers" under the same narrow "label" is wrong imo.
Ayn Rand - Welfare Queen

United States

#5 Feb 27, 2011
''the term "Government handouts" do not, imo, fully apply''

You are correct. However, Rand felt that ANYONE who took any such money was a leech and welfare queen.

While it is also true that not all members of the far right feel this way, I have yet to hear or see them condemn her hypocrisy for taking money when she lived in denial all those years. We all know how the far right loves corporate welfare but let's them show at least some measure of integrity for once.

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