Saturday, January 29, 2011

Boing Boing: Ayn Rand took government assistance while decrying others who did the same

Was Ayn Rand the mother of Marty Feldman of Monty Python?

An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Ayn Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).

Rand is considred the founder of the Libertarain movement.

As Pryor said, "Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out" without the aid of these two government programs.

Ayn took the government money even though Ayn "despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently... She didn't feel that an individual should take help."

But alas she . . . said it was wrong for everyone else to do so.

Is Social security and Medicare government assistance.

Yes, but it's not welfare because a working Americans must have 10 years or forty quarters of FICA contributions to be entitled to standard Social Security benefits and Medicare Part A that covers hospitalization.

Social Security also has the Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) programs.

SSI is provided for elderly immigrants who cannot meet the statutory requirements for normal Social Security. However, tax scoff-laws who haven't been paying FICA like the Gulf Coast fisherman who were caught up in the BP oil spill, will also be eligible for this welfare when they can no longer work.

These FICA tax scoff-laws will also have to use Medicaid for their medical needs which is a welfare program. Of interest, most of the people who are on welfare live in the Red States.

Rightardia has written several articles on the Red State welfare apparatus. The Red states have more people on food stamps and related welfare programs than any of the other states. They have more military bases and other federal installations. 

The Red States are also recipient states that receive more in federal aid than they pay in with income tax. Most of the people who don't pay federal income tax are Red Staters.

In the US the other major welfare programs are programs Food Stamps and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

source: Boingboing

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