Congressman Paul Ryan was known for passing out copies of Atlas Shrugged to his Congressional staff.
In 2005, Ryan said, "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. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism."
"Collectivism" is the Randian term for any social contract that sees helping the poor as an obligation of the strong, rich, and powerful.
Ryan's attempts now to distance himself from the Russian atheist is just what American politicians do: rewrite history, attempt to change their stripes, hide their real motivations. That he would need to distance himself, deny his Creator (so to speak), is made abundantly clear by such Rand pronouncements as this one: "It was the morality of altruism that undercut America and is now destroying her.”
The late Gore Vidal had a bit to say about Ayn Rand and the impulses that made her fashionable among young hotshots like Paul Ryan:
Ayn Rand's "philosophy" is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.... To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.”
The Ryan Budget is evil. That isn't an over-statement.