Paul Ryan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia So, here is how Paul Ryan made it "on his own" without any help building his career: After a tragic early death of his father, he was able to get by on Social Security survivor's benefits until age 18. Thank goodness for that safety net. But best "help" of all???? Ryan attended the Univ of Miami-Ohio.........a PUBLIC university. While there, he visited with libertarian professor Richard Hart, where he became hugely interested in Ayn Rand, and read about her while at UM-OH. How interesting. Ryan attended a government funded college. Learned from a libertarian college professor, who was employed by a govt college, and began to read anti-government material by Ayn Rand....while on campus of a govt funded college. Yep. Govt had NO help in shaping Paul Ryan.