Credit where it’s due, the Paul Ryan version

paulryanThe newly-shaven Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, told a group of Washington interns yesterday that earlier statements he’d made about the poor were “just wrong.”

Does this mean, as posted here, that Ryan has shrugged off Ayn Rand? (You can watch the speech at that last link, but here, as far as I’m concerned, is the take-away:)

“There was a time when I would talk about a difference between ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong.”

“‘Takers’ wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don’t want to be dependent. And to label a whole group of Americans that way was wrong. I shouldn’t castigate a large group of Americans to make a point. So I stopped thinking about it that way—and talking about it that way. But I didn’t come out and say all this to be politically correct. I was just wrong.”

 

 

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3 responses to “Credit where it’s due, the Paul Ryan version

  1. Election cycle rhetoric wrought from populist revolt within his party. Look at the budget his people are promoting.

    Same old head. New hat.

  2. And he shall descend from the heavens unto Cleveland and smite the orange idol and the establishment shall rejoice and the rabble shall riot and cable ratings shall rise sayeth Roger Ailes.

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