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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ayn Rand: Sucker at the public teat; irresponsible welfare recipient, layabout deadbeat
Posted by Jill | 9:03 AM
Well, that's what teabaggers call people who accept government "largesse" like Social Security these days, isn't it? Well, how about the fact that their Galtian heroine wasn't so Galtian that she wouldn't take Social Security and Medicare:
Noted speed freak, serial-killer fangirl, and Tea Party hero Ayn Rand was also a kleptoparasite, sneakily gobbling up taxpayer funds under an assumed name to pay for her medical treatments after she got lung cancer.

An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).

As Pryor said, "Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out" without the aid of these two government programs. Ayn took the bail out even though Ayn "despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently... She didn't feel that an individual should take help."

But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so.

Because as long as you espouse bootstraps for others, you can participate in government programs without guilt.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sort of hard to find out where she was employed that would have taken FICA taxes out of her money.

She worked for a while in Hollywood, but the work that she did there would have been on a contract basis with no withholding.

Be interesting to file an FOIA request for her Social Security, Medicare and federal income tax records. Eh?

Blogger D. said...
So she, too, was a "looter."

No surprise.

I need to get a lantern so I can search the world looking for the one honest conservative/libertarian.

I bet I don't find one.

Blogger Serr8d said...
Ayn Rand wrote the following in “The Question of Scholarshi­ps,” The Objectivis­t, June 1966.

"The recipient of a public scholarshi­p is morally justified only so long as he regards it as restitutio­n and opposes all forms of welfare statism. Those who advocate public scholarshi­ps, have no right to them; those who oppose them, have. If this sounds like a paradox, the fault lies in the moral contradict­ions of welfare statism, not in its victims.

"The same moral principles and considerat­ions apply to the issue of accepting social security, unemployme­nt insurance or other payments of that kind. It is obvious, in such cases, that a man receives his own money which was taken from him by force, directly and specifical­ly, without his consent, against his own choice. Those who advocated such laws are morally guilty, since they assumed the “right” to force employers and unwilling co-workers­. But the victims, who opposed such laws, have a clear right to any refund of their own money—and they would not advance the cause of freedom if they left their money, unclaimed, for the benefit of the welfare-st­ate administra­tion."

Ayn Rand availed herself of what she put into the system. Granted, she did so under her married name; that seems slightly off kilter. Maybe she couldn't find her birth certificate.

And, for creating the perfect far-Left character Ellsworth Toohey (after which all of you are modeled), she gets a break AFAIC.

Blogger Gary said...
I confess to being shocked at her fondness for killer sociopaths but after reading her books I should not had been. It makes sense that someone who believes her ideal hero is a man who kidnaps a schoolgirl for $1500 and then delivers her body in pieces after being paid would of course say that altruism is the ultimate evil.

Blogger Pangolin said...
No less than my dear old Dad, may his soul burn for eternity, is a Randian Teabagger who has spent the last 20 years mooching off of no less than two City of San Francisco pensions. His second wife died early of cancer and rather than transfer the funds to her children he keeps them.

To really know what Teabagger scum is you have to have one in family.