Maybe that’s why Paul Ryan’s response to poverty is basically… meh… http://bit.ly/1uJG0T3
Yes, I think whenever one of these asshole politicians starts trying to say that the poor are lazy, we should point out the fact that they work 2 days a week and I’m pretty sure there is not much real work involved. Lots of kissing up and raising money and long dinners and being told what to do by the rich, but nothing truly worthwhile that helps anyone but themselves and the rich.
I don’t know what their work and “work” entails. Somehow I’ve never really looked into what any of them do in their districts/states. I know a lot is fluff, but in NPR’s interview this morning he made it sound like he does do some outreach, not that that’s a pass, partly because both things he referenced are religious (Christian) organizations. Anyway, from the interview:
On whether extra hurdles imply people in poverty aren’t trying hard enough
What I’m implying is you have to have accountability. It’s not a one-way street. With aid and support come some expectations. And I think hard-working taxpayers have every right to expect that their money that is going to this person is going to go to a good effect, and that it’s something that’s not endless.
To me this sounds as if he means personal accountability, not accountability in the system. There’s only so much a person can do against the world, against systemic, institutionalized issues in programs and just in how America functions. Then:
On criticism that the plan focuses too much on personal problems rather than larger economic issues
In one poverty plan, you’re not going to take down the entire macroeconomic policy world. The argument I make in this book is that we have to go toward more of a culture of inclusion. And, specifically with respect to people who are fighting poverty, I would argue, inadvertently, that we have marginalized the poor in many ways.
Uh, no shit. Also commented on in the interview, that Republicans ride on white votes. Ryan argued that the Repub party needs to stop seeking minority and women’s votes as a means to an end, and that they need to attract votes based on being a party of morals. Shudder.
On criticism that phrases he has used, such as “the culture of the inner city,” are racist
That’s just ridiculous. There wasn’t race in those comments, and race had nothing to do with it. What I was trying to talk about is the culture of work, is work ethic. And to try and reinvigorate and reintegrate people in work. In far too many ways in our communities we have isolated the poor, we have marginalized the poor, and we have to reintegrate people in our communities.
'We Republicans have been thinking and talking about poverty wrong. But guise! it totally wasn't racist to say “inner city culture of not working” I don't know where people came up with that idea lol.' Keep digging your pit.