As I’m sure everyone noticed while the banks were being bailed out on the American tax payer’s dime, the rich only see government assistance as an evil when it’s the peasants that are receiving it. A nicely concrete example of this has emerged in, of all places, the life story of that doyenne of “free” market selfishness, one Ayn Rand!
Despite all her claptrap about how evil altruism and government assistance are, Rand did not fail to become the beneficiary of said evil when her smoking habit caught up with her in the form of lung cancer.
Then of course, it was a matter of “Stuff principle, just get this freaking cancer out of my lungs!” So off she went to have the result of her own stupidity treated at the cost of what little safety net the US has! Yes, Social Security and Medicare paid to keep Ayn Rand alive, so there is some consolation for the far right in this story – it proves that at least some times government aid is a waste of money!
Apart from being a great example of conservative hypocrisy, the other lesson we can take from this is that, to put a twist on an old saying about law and order, a conservative is just a liberal whose health insurance hasn’t run out!
It’s amazing how pervasive this woman’s balderdash has become. I first heard about her ideas back in the nineties in articles written by, wait for it, a Mr Universe called Mike Mentzer! A little evil goes a long way…