While Paul Ryan, a Tea Party leader reportedly regards Ayn Rand as “the reason I got into public service”, it has become increasingly apparent to me that Ryan was not referring to Rand’s defense of individual rights nor to the role of government in protecting those rights. He was evidently referring to her valuing of capitalism, in particular laissez-faire capitalism, i.e., a system in which the owners of industry and business dictate the rules of competition, the conditions of labor, the cost and safety of products and services, the negative effects of their activities on the environment and on public health, etc. as they please, without government regulation or control.
New York Magazine
Paul Ryan has emerged from his long post-election period of repositioning, soul-searching, and secretly but not secretly visiting the poor. He had been caricatured as an Ayn Rand miser and attacked as a social Darwinist, merely for proposing the largest upward transfer of wealth in American history. Ryan has identified the root cause of his difficulties, and it is fiscal arithmetic.