Paul Ryan tarred for not repeating the same old, same old
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?
Much of the outrage is guilt by several degrees of separation from political scientist Charles Murray, who first defined the problem 30 years ago in his book Losing Ground and then went on to write the hated Bell Curve. Think Progress(ive) is outraged. “Well this is certainly something,” sputter the collectivists at Blogging Blue.
For speaking outside the box, “Paul Ryan fails Practical Politics 101,” judges Comrade Nichols. Better to pander with platitudes, apparently. New thinking, fresh ideas? Not here! We’re progressives!
Speaking of the Koch Brothers …
U.S. out of North America!
Koch Brothers out of Wisconsin! One percenter Mary Burke, Democrat for governor, has purchased Web ads on online news sites warning, “Tell the Koch Brothers: Stay Out of Wisconsin.” Click on the ad and you’re taken to an appeal from the Burke campaign.
Problem is, the Kochs are already in Wisconsin. With paper mills in Green Bay, Neenah, and Sheboygan employing thousands. With refining, chemicals, and biofuels operations in Junction City, Waupun, Madison, and Milwaukee employing hundreds more. With asphalt plants in Green Bay and Stevens Point giving jobs to still more.
“Tell the Koch Brothers: Stay Out of Wisconsin?” And take those paper mill jobs in the Fox River Valley with you? The irony is that the Koch Brothers have signed more union contracts in Wisconsin than Our Mz Burke.
Burke’s stratagem appears to be lifted from world progressive headquarters.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is starting a digital campaign that will use Internet ads and videos, as well as social media. “New Democratic Strategy Goes After Koch Brothers,” The New York Times announced last week.
And you thought the American Legislative Exchange Council was the Borg.
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