David Strom and Ayn Rand

David Strom, president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, counts Ayn Rand as a significant influence on his thinking. From a profile of Strom at the Star Tribune:

In recent weeks, Strom, president of the ardently conservative Taxpayers League of Minnesota, triggered an angry backlash over his provocative assertions that the strike-idled Twin Cities bus system does nothing to relieve congestion and that taxpayers would be better off buying used cars for low-income folks who are dependent on transit.
The voice of a dominant advocacy group in Minnesota, Strom has been mounting similarly scalding attacks on government spending and liberal thinking since 1997, shortly after the League was founded by a group of wealthy entrepreneurs.

See the full article for the scoop on how and why he made a “right turn on the ideological highway.”