Holy guilt by association, Batman.
If a fictional character in a piece of literature from an author you admire commits some acts that would likely result in a felony conviction, does that mean youâ€™re a proponent of felonious acts? Thatâ€™s the deductive logic David Cay Johnston, the 2001 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting, displayed on MSNBCâ€™s â€śThe ED Showâ€ť Monday night.
In a segment about Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryanâ€™s proposal to reduce the deficit, which includes simplifying the tax code and eliminating deductions to lower overall rates, Johnston called in to question Ryanâ€™s legitimacy, as heâ€™s a fan of Ayn Rand. And according to Johnston, in Randâ€™s book, â€śThe Fountainhead,â€ť the fictional character Howard Roark blows up a building, and that means people should evaluate the possibility Ryan is a proponent of blowing up buildings.
â€śYou know, Congressman Ryan requires his staff to read Ayn Rand, whose fictional hero, Howard Roark, is a man who blew up a building because it wasnâ€™t built exactly to his specifications as the architect,â€ť Johnston said. â€śI mean, thatâ€™s the kind of society we want where our leaders say, not only are we taking from the sick and poor but weâ€™re going to hold out as a model people who commit felonies like blowing up buildings. We really need to dig into understanding the kind of people who would put forth these ideas.â€ť