In Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan opposes Catholic values, NJ Star-Ledger Editorial board member Linda Ocasio basically smeared Representative Paul Ryan (R) for claiming that his proposed budget--which would modestly scales back growth of the welfare state--is consistent with Catholic teaching. What drew Ocasio's ire? This from Ryan:
"The preferential option for the poor, which is one of the primary tenets of Catholic social teaching, means don’t keep people poor, don’t make people dependent on government so that they stay stuck at their station in life. Help people get out of poverty, out onto life of independence."
From that, we get this from Ocasio:
We’d love to hear Ryan’s version of the good Samaritan. Maybe instead of helping the poor fellow on the side of the road, the Samaritan dispensed a few uplifting words and continued on his merry way.
For more, read The Moral Factor Enters the 2012 Campaign.