Brad Bannon

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sympathy for the Devil from Romney and Ryan

RT @usnews: Paul Ryan's Budget Inspired by Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ - Brad Bannon (

Sympathy for the Devil

Republican politicians like to wear their faith on their sleeves and talk about their
Christian values. But when it comes to practicing what you preach, the GOP has
a long way to go.

Republicans don’t have any more respect for the Bible than they do the Constitution.
Conservatives talk about their dedication to the Constitution but they support
the Arizona anti immigration law which is a mockery of our founding document.
Right wingers talk about the importance of their faith but they completely
ignore the biblical injunctions to help the poor.

On Tuesday, 90 faculty members and priests at Georgetown, the Jesuit University in
Washington criticized Mitt Romney’s budget buddy, Representative Paul Ryan for
saying his budget plan which includes cuts in anti poverty programs and school
lunches and tax breaks for bankers and billionaires was inspired by his
Catholic faith. The letter to Ryan read “your budget appears to reflect the
values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand rather than the gospel of Jesus

The letter goes on to say “We would be remiss in our duties to you and our students
if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a
budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically
weakens protections for the elderly and sick and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest

The New Testament chronicles Jesus Christ’s concern for the poor. In his haste to
devour “The Fountainhead” Representative Ryan apparently didn’t have time to
read it. So here are some of the highlights for Congressman Ryan courtesy of
Jim Wallis, the author of “God’s Politics.”

In the Magnificant, Mary discusses the meaning of the coming of Jesus when she
says “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the
lowly: he has filled the hungry with good things; and sent the rich empty

In his gospel, Matthew writes “Then the king will say to those at his right hand,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave food, I was
thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed
me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I
was in prison and you visited me. “

You get the idea. A little less sympathy for the devil and the bankers and
billionaires who kick started the recession in the fall of 2008. A little more
Bible study and a lot more compassion for the poor would go a long way for
Romney, Ryan and other Republicans.



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