In 2005, Ryan said that "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand"
"I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It's inspired me so much that it's required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff."
Paul Ryan - Wikipedia
Ayn Rand’s First Love and Mentor Was A Sadistic Serial Killer Who Dismembered Little Girls.
ATLAS SHRIEKED: Ayn Rand's First Love and Mentor.
Ayn Rand - Wikipedia
She said the individual should "exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself."
She supported Israel in the Arab-Israeli War of 1973, describing the israelis as "civilized men fighting savages".
She said that the European colonists had the right to take land from American Indians.
Edward Rothstein, writing for The New York Times, referred to her fictional writing as quaint utopian "retro fantasy."
Mother Jones remarked that "Rand's particular genius has always been her ability to turn upside down traditional hierarchies and recast the wealthy, the talented, and the powerful as the oppressed".
A Presidential Election About the Economy.
"Paul Ryan seeks a high level of defense spending.
"If he increases defense funding ... over the next ten years... the rest of government would largely have to disappear."
Paul Ryan: Randian poseur - Salon.com
Ryan's father, grandfather and great-grandfather all died of heart attacks in their 50s
Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan.