Paul Ryan's acknowledgement of his belief in the author Ayn Rand is at best disturbing. Ryan's entire legislative record reveals that he has chosen to serve his corporate masters and ignore the poor and sick (as well as the entire middle class), and he can't hide that choice behind a bunch of fuzzy, deceitful words.
His core belief is based on individualism and the trickle-down of wealth from the super rich. History has proved over and over again that this just does not work.
President Herbert Hoover believed in individualism and less spending, which prolonged the Depression. Individual power creates greed and must be controlled by the majority. Without the lower and middle class, the upper class would have no one to create their wealth.
Obviously, being an individual and an American at the same time is not a problem for any of us, and U.S. Rep. Ryan's suggestion that being an American is somehow "collectivist" is not only false it's insulting.
ROLAND HULBURT, Richland