Mar 13, 201408:57 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Paul Ryan tarred for not repeating the same old, same old
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Our progressive acquaintances are in a dither over fighting words uttered by Congressman Paul Ryan.
Now, courts have long held that certain speech could be considered “fighting words” deserving of judicial notice as to time, place, and context. Ryan’s fighting words amounted to a diagnosis that government giveaway programs are causing — not curing — poverty.
Worse, Ryan is unmasking the historic failure of liberalism/progressivism in its signature, self-imagined role: helping victims.
At last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Ryan said too many government programs create a “poverty trap,” offering people incentives not to work. “You can’t just say, ‘I’m paying my taxes, government’s going to fix that.’ You need to get involved.”
That speech came after the release of his 204-page report assessing the effectiveness of federal anti-poverty programs.
What? No dependence on that honking-big, magic government program? Them’s fightin’ words, progressives!
Ryan amplified his remarks in a follow-up interview with former education secretary Bill Bennett. Ryan agreed with Bennett’s observation that “a boy has to see a man working.”
Ryan said that men in “inner cities” who lacked the work ethic caused their own poverty. (The quoted term is what our progressive acquaintances call a “dog whistle” — a signal to get your white sheets and meet at the cemetery at midnight.)
It’s the “poverty trap,” Ryan explained. “There are incentives not to work, and to stay where you are.” Ryan went on to say, “… if we succeed, we can help resuscitate this culture. And get people back to work, and get people back to meeting their potential.” (Paul Ryan’s op-ed in The Wall Street Journal is required reading.)
Ryan isn’t blaming NAFTA, Fox News, or the Koch Brothers?