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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan Needs to Read his Catholic Social Teaching and General Eishenhower's Warning About "Military Industrial Complex"

Congressman Paul Ryan could be our US Vice President. 

Surely, Romney studied philosophy where St. Augustine of Hippo's teaching supports the structure of Roman Catholic social teaching.  Certainly, he also studied US presidential history where President Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans about the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex. 

Caring for people through equitable income distribution, ie taxes, is Roman Catholic social teaching. This teaching should be a concept Congressman Ryan supports, but he doesn't.   

"Catholic social teaching is a body of doctrine developed by the Catholic Church on matters of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization and the role of government. Its foundations are widely considered to have been laid by Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical letter Rerum Novarum, which advocates economic distribution and condemns both Capitalism and Socialism, although its roots can be traced to the writings of Catholic thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine of Hippo and is also derived from concepts present in the Bible."

Congressman Ryan's life changed forever as Governor Mitt Romney announces his nomination for his Vice Presidential running mate in defense money rich Norfolk, Virginia. Surely, in his Miami University education, Mr. Ryan studied presidential history where Republican President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation about the dangers of developing a "military industrial complex".

"Military–industrial complex, or military–industrial–congressional complex, is a concept commonly used to refer to policy and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the defense industrial base that supports them. These relationships include political contributions, political approval for defense spending, lobbying to support bureaucracies and oversight of the industry. It's a type of iron triangle. The term is most often used in reference to the system behind the US military, where it gained popularity after its use in the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 17, 1961, though the term is applicable to any country with a similarly developed infrastructure."

Congressman Ryan's advocacy for cutting Medicare doesn't credit how the program is already efficiently managed by balancing the premiums with the expenses required to support quality programs, while severely punishing any provider guilty of fraud.

Medicare voucher programs, as advocated by the "Ryan Plan", are open to fraud because Senior Citizens, like nearly all Americans, aren't knowledgeable about how to shop for health insurance.  Therefore, voucher programs will open up the cash cow doors for health insurance companies who already see a jump in profits from selling to largely naive senior citizens.  

For some reason, Ryan's "plan" or budget doesn't seem to touch defense spending. Surely, lobbyists in Washington DC must be shopping for beach property in the Caribbean as they project income related to selling defense contracts to Congress if a Ryan budget ever sees a presidential signature. 

Mr.Ryan needs to watch the YouTube clip showing President Eisenhower speaking about the dangers of a military industrial complex at this link:



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