Ed Konecnik seems to embrace the sociopathic philosophy of Ayn Rand and her disciple Paul Ryan, i.e., one is only responsible to oneself (“Land of the freeloader,” Letters, Feb. 20). These detesters of welfare had no problem accepting it when needed — she when dying of cancer and he when his father died. The “haves” put their hands out to the (socialist) government they detest to bail them out.
They are great “flag wavers” — send other kids to fight in wars which benefit them — do not pick up the tab when they pollute the environment — ship their money abroad to avoid taxes — lowered taxes for the first time in our history when fighting wars, etc. Simply put, they are for the most part hypocrites.
A great quote by former Harvard economist John Galbraith: “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”