Skip to main content

Paul Ryan washes dishes at a Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen. According to news reports, the dishes were already clean.
Another "welfare reform" plan from Ryan that will be about as effective as his washing clean dishes.
Rep. Paul Ryan, that Republican "wonk" who has a really hard time making his numbers add up in his budgets, is now out with a report in which he's trying to make friends with the "47 percent" by dismantling the social safety net. It's nothing particularly new for Ryan, he's been at "welfare reform" (i.e., slash domestic social infrastructure spending in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy) for a long time. But now he's doing it by trying to co-opt the "moochers" into the deal by telling them it's all about making their lives better.
On Monday, Ryan (R-Wis.), the House Budget Committee chairman, published an often stinging 204-page critique of the federal government’s anti-poverty policies, questioning the efficacy of dozens of initiatives and underscoring where Republicans say consolidation or spending reductions are needed. [...]

Ryan said the report is a ­prelude to the House GOP’s budget, which will be unveiled later this month, and a preemptive rebuttal to the president’s budget, which will be released Tuesday.

Pretty much everything is on Ryan's chopping block: Head Start, Medicaid, food stamps, low-income hous­ing, energy assistance, job training, education, veterans programs—if it helps someone in the "47 percent" it's going to be "reformed." Reformed into nonexistence, if Ryan could have his way. But the programs that Ryan is taking aim at go far beyond just those that focus on the poorest of families. They extend well into the middle class, where education assistance, job retraining, veterans assistance help keep people from sinking into real poverty.

This is the big Republican response to President Obama's push to raise the minimum wage; their response to income inequality. All I can say is good luck in selling that message.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 09:03 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site