Fiscally Conservative Freeloaders?
The Economist
Paul Ryan: Randian Poseur

The headlining Randian Poseur, Paul Ryan, received survivor benefits from Social Security after his father died to put himself through school. He was a teenager when his father died; I wasn't quite that old. His father was a lawyer in Wisconsin; mine was a professor in the Philosophy and Religion department at a university in Kentucky.

However, not only were my SS benefits cut-off (Reaganomics), they were cut-off early because I started college early. The rationale was that I was no longer a full-time high school student and, therefore, my mother should no longer receive survivor benefits for me. As in my older sister's case, SS benefits continued for Ryan as long as he was attending a university. My own personal experience might be one reason I've always felt strongly about being personally supportive of young people trying to educate and better themselves--especially being under the delusion that college students no longer received survivor benefits.

Even without SS benefits, I managed to get through those college days. That little extra help would have gone a long way, especially in graduate school. I got mighty tired of hearing people tell me how finanicially irresponsible I was taking jobs whenever I could. The fact remains that I'm still standing. But this freeloading mooch (Ryan) is considered "fiscally conservative"?

If the US isn't going to finance everyone equitably, then it's time to completely dismantle these so-called "safety net" programs. If Baby Boomers who whine that they've put money into SS are entitled to that money plus interest, then they need to be reminded that many people put money into things and never get a return. They need to be told the same things I was told--"Nobody ever said life was fair" and "You have to pull your own little red wagon." As for Survivor Benefits, how about returning to the trusty old "God is the father to the fatherless" Proverb?

It's time to get rid of freeloading mooches, like Ryan. It's time to get this country solvent again.