• • • Catholic Bishops Say GOP Budget 'Fails Basic Moral Test,' Points to Food Stamps, Medicaid Cu
Ashley Portero, International Business Times Atlas Shrugged |Egoism |Individualism |Paul Ryan | Although [Paul] Ryan, while speaking at the Catholic-affiliated Georgetown University last month, insisted his plan called for a system that would create the economic growth necessary to lift people out of poverty, faculty members penned a letter to Ryan challenging his understanding of Catholic doctrine. “In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love,” stated the letter, which was signed by almost 90 of the university’s faculty members. Rand was the creator of the philosophy known as objectivism, which advocates rational self-interest -- the pursuit of one’s individual happiness -- as the moral purpose for life and celebrates individualism over collectivism.