Mitt's choice. Paul Ryan. Really?

Because of his father's early death, from the age of 16 to 18 Paul Ryan received a Social Security safety net (the "hammock") that he put aside to see himself through college.

He now says such a safety net makes people lazy and unwilling to work,  and should be done away with.

Seems a little hypocritical of him, at least to me anyway. He wants to be second in charge of this country but has this low an opinion of its citizens?

Or was it a good thing when he needed the assistance, and only became bad when others needed it.

Here are 12 other things you should know about Ryan and his policies:

  1. Ryan embraces the extreme philosophy of Ayn Rand. Rand described altruism as “evil,” condemned Christianity for advocating compassion for the poor, viewed the feminist movement as “phony,” and called Arabs “almost totally primitive savages. Ryan has professed himself a strong devotee. He even makes his interns read her books.

  2. Ryan wants to raises taxes on the middle class, cut them for millionaires. No wonder Mittens found him attractive.

  3. Ryan wants to end Medicare, replace it with a voucher system. 

  4. Ryan thinks Social Security is a “ponzi scheme.” He wants to privatize the system, but the economic crisis of 2008 should serve as a wake-up call for policymakers who seek to hinge Americans’ retirement on the stock market.

  5. Ryan’s budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years.

  6. Ryan wants to eliminate Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students.

  7. Ryan supports $40 billion in subsides for big oil.

  8. Ryan has ownership stakes in companies that benefit from oil subsidies .

  9. Ryan claimed Romneycare has led to “rationing and benefit cuts.” He called the system “a fatal conceit” and “unsustainable.”

  10. Ryan believes that Romneycare is “not that dissimilar to Obamacare.”

  11. Ryan accused generals of lying about their support for Obama’s military budget. He later apologized because this baseless claim was insulting to the generals.

  12. Ryan co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment, an extreme anti-abortion measure. The Sanctity of Human Life Act declares that a fertilized egg “shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” This would outlaw abortion, some forms of contraception and invitro fertilization. Of course cutting certain social programs means that as long as a person is a fetus they will get respect, protection, and Constitutional rights. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on