Allen West: To Liberals, Safety Net Has Become a Hammock (And a Way of Life?)

By WILLIAM BERGSTROM via Politico

In a recent sit-down with The Atlas Society, Rep. Allen West warned that America could become “a socialist  egalitarian nanny state” and that liberals view the government’s safety net as a  hammock.

He also said the novel after which the D.C.-based  organization is named — Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” — belongs behind just one  other book.

“I think that ‘Atlas Shrugged’ is the most  widely read book second only to the Bible, which is a good thing,” West said in an interview posted yesterday to The Atlas  Society’s website.

Asked if he’s ever criticized for his admiration of Ayn  Rand, West replied, “I get criticized for a lot of things, but that does not  bother me one bit because as they say in the military, you only take flack if  you are over the target.”

And the Florida  Republican’s target during this interview was, per usual, the opposing side.

“Conservatives believe that ever person who comes to  America or is born here, they have a ladder that they are given as their  birthright or becoming a citizen,” he said. “Sometimes you fall off of that  ladder, but we believe that there is a safety net that is there, and that safety  net is to catch you and get you to bounce back up and continue to climb on the  ladder. That’s what conservatives believe.

“But liberals tend to believe that the safety net is a  hammock, so you can stay there the rest of your life.”

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