• Jon Stewart’s Not Ready to Move to Glenn Beck’s Imaginary Freedom City
Atlas Shrugged |
A few weeks ago, the television personality Glenn Beck revealed a master plan for a "city-theme park hybrid" known as Independence, USA. Inspired in equal portions by Walt Disney World and the community known as Galt's Gulch in the novel Atlas Shrugged, Independence (according to Beck's vision) would provide entertainment, housing, and neighborly friendliness to Americans enthralled by Beck's doomsday depictions of America.
• Jon Stewart Unravels Paul Ryan's 'Makers vs. Takers' Theory
Paul Ryan |
Congressman Paul Ryan, the failed vice-presidential candidate and known Ayn Rand admirer, did not appreciate President Obama's inaugural speech. He told radio host Laura Ingraham that the President willfully misrepresented his long-held belief that American society is increasingly fractured between those who work hard and contribute to society and those who, via safety-net programs, leech off the toil of others. "No one is suggesting that what we call our earned entitlements — entitlements you pay for, you know, like payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security — are ... putting you in a 'taker' category," he said on Ingraham's show yesterday.