Paul Ryan, the leading light of economic wisdom on the right side of the aisle, warns us about the evils of Social Security. Accepting the fact that everyone without teabags blocking their vew recognizes his numbers don't add up, it turns out he could be a bit of a hypocrite, too.
One day as a 16 year old, Ryan came upon the lifeless body of his father. Paul Ryan, Sr. had died of a heart attack at age 55, leaving the Janesville Craig High School 10th grader, his three older brothers and sisters and his mother alone. It was Paul who told the family of his father’s death.
With his father’s passing, young Paul collected Social Security benefits until age 18, which he put away for college. To make ends meet, Paul’s mother returned to school to study interior design. His siblings were off at college. Ryan remembers this difficult time bringing him and his mother closer.
See how that worked? Congressman Paul Ryan loses his father at age 16, and Social Security steps up to ease the burden. Of course, his mother also received Social Security benefits as his father's surviving spouse.
And as long as we're deiconifying teabagger icons, how about Ayn Rand, the MatthewMarkLukeJohn of teabaggerism. Seems she was on the public dole, too (Thanks, Eugene):
Critics of Social Security and Medicare frequently invoke the words and ideals of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, one of the fiercest critics of federal insurance programs. But a little-known fact is that Ayn Rand herself collected Social Security. She may also have received Medicare benefits.
An interview recently surfaced that was conducted in 1998 by the Ayn Rand Institute with a social worker who says she helped Rand and her husband, Frank O’Connor, sign up for Social Security and Medicare in 1974.Federal records obtained through a Freedom of Information act request confirm the Social Security benefits.