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Paul Ryan's favorite band slams him for his 'rage against immigrants'

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It's been a bumpy first week as Mitt Romney's Vice President pick for Paul Ryan. Having just revealed that Rage Against the Machine is his favorite band, Ryan found himself the target of a scalding new op-ed by band member Tom Morello.

Published Thursday night on Rolling Stone's website, according to the Huffington Post, Morello blasts Ryan as "the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."

Morello then compared Ryan's appreciation of his band to Charles Manson's love for The Beatles and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's passion for Bruce Springsteen.

But more than anything else, Morello blasted what he called Ryan's "guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent."

Ryan himself has plenty of "rage" Morello observed, but it's "a rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment."

Morello, alongside actor Mark Ruffalo and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, has advocated for the so-called 'Robin Hood Tax' which would place a small levy on all financial transactions. That money would then be used to assist citizens who suffered at the hands of the recession.

Other musicians are also making their dictate for the Romney - Ryan ticket apparent. This week The Silversun Pickups sent the Romney campaign a strongly worded cease-and-desist letter when they discovered the campaign had played their song 'Panic Switch' at a public event. In response, the campaign reportedly said the song would not be used again.

"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign," the band's frontman Brian Aubert wrote. "We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney!"

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