Ayn Rand a Welfare Leech?Submitted by Philomath on Sun, 09/18/2011 - 20:17
Reason (libertarian magazine): http://reason.com/blog/2011/01/30/rand-on-the-dole
The writer of this piece argues that Rand was not being a hypocrite for using Social Security and Medicare because she was forced by the government to pay into it.
Here is Ayn's position in her own words: "It is obvious, in such cases, that a man receives his own money which was taken from him by force, directly and specifically, without his consent, against his own choice. Those who advocated such laws are morally guilty, since they assumed the “right” to force employers and unwilling co-workers. But the victims, who opposed such laws, have a clear right to any refund of their own money—and they would not advance the cause of freedom if they left their money, unclaimed, for the benefit of the welfare-state administration."
So by Rand's logic I'm not a welfare recipient if I use Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Benefits, Disability Insurance and anything that my income taxes pay for because I was forced to pay into those programs in the first place, so I am morally correct in getting back what was taken from me, yes?
How about the classic of all welfare, food stamps. Funding for food stamps comes from the Dept. of Agriculture, which gets its funding mainly from income taxes. So if I work for a number of years and income taxes are taken from my paycheck by force, I am just getting my money back if I use food stamps. Correct? To be morally correct, I would support ending the food stamp program, but be justified in collecting money stolen from me via it, yes??