I don’t usually talk about money, but could you imagine making $30,000 per month? Damn. I can’t even begin to imagine that. How do you think a person who makes almost $30,000 per month can relate to a family making under $30,000 per year? How can the rich person begin to understand the struggles of living paycheck to paycheck? How can that rich person understand what it’s like to be unemployed and not having an income at all?
If the rich person’s a certifiable douchebag, it won’t stop him from talking about how the parents who receive food stamps should pack their child’s lunch instead of having their kids receive free lunch at the school.
If he’s both a politician and a major douchebag, he’ll also vote to slash the amount of food stamps families are receiving. What the hell? Eating must be overrated, right?
If he’s this weeks Douchebag Of the Week Award recipient, he’ll even go so far as to say that the family who is receiving assistance is “living comfortably and they don’t want to work.”
There is no one more deserving of my shitty award this week than Paul Ryan.
Sure, many douchebags share his thoughts, but Paul Ryan is the latest to make a speech about low-income families. He has no sympathy, no compassion, no idea what it is like, but he is quick to say what they should do, how they feel and how they should react.
He spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference yesterday. I found his speech online and watched it. His comments disgusted me, enraged me, but worse than that, they saddened me. I’m disgusted that the people from the state of Wisconsin elected someone with his smug and arrogant views. Worse yet, his words were applauded by the attendees at the CPAC.
His speech is only about 14 minutes long. During that time he touched on many things, but the part that struck me most started about 10 minutes into the speech.
Oddly enough, Paul Ryan mentions Obamacare, saying it “will discourage millions of people from working…The left says this is a new freedom – the freedom not to work.” What a ridiculous statement. The freedom not to work? He gave no reasons of why he had these beliefs, only that apparently low-income families don’t want to work but want to benefit from health insurance. I know a few low-income families, but none of them are choosing not to work.
From there he tells a story someone told him about meeting a young boy from a “very poor family” who was receiving free lunch at school. The boy said he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.
Why are politicians insistent on criticizing the free lunch program at schools? How could anyone believe the free lunch program is not worthwhile?
The boy may have wanted to bring his lunch from home, but his parents obviously couldn’t afford it. I’m sure that child has no real idea of his parents financial situation. The family probably tries to make the best of what they have instead of crying to their kids about not having enough money.
Paul Ryan, however, is not a child and could take a quick look at these numbers, realizing he has no idea of the families specific situation. All he knows is that family somehow falls into these guidelines.
The Free lunch guidelines maximum for a family of 4 are as follows.
Ryan goes on with his story saying the boy said he “knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him.”
For Paul Ryan to try to equate a parents love of their child with the ability to provide a sack lunch for them is asinine. Mr. Ryan didn’t go on to give a great plan on how to help the parents who can’t make ends meet. No. Instead he continued on saying, “People don’t just want a life of comfort – they want a life of dignity.”
If Paul Ryan thinks the unemployed, the people on government assistance, the families making minimum wage, the families that qualify for free lunch are living comfortably, it proves that he is out of touch. Surviving and living comfortably are two very different thing.
Instead of trying to help those people by ensuring they have money for necessities like food, he votes at every opportunity to slash the benefits they rely on. He justifies that by saying these safety nets enable and encourage people to not work.
Thanks to Ryan and his cronies, food stamp amounts were recently cut. Average food stamps for a family of 4 is $275 per month. PER MONTH! A family receiving those benefits relies on free lunch.
I highly doubt any of the people Paul Ryan was talking with at the CPAC could relate to feeding a family on a food stamp allowance. Incidentally, the price for one of the dinners at the CPAC was speaking was $250 per person.
Now, let’s look at a few numbers here to show how far removed Paul Ryan is.
Income: The Ryan’s reported an adjusted gross income for 2011 of $323,416 (that would equal $26,916 per month) and they paid $64,764 in federal income taxes.
Mr. Ryan paid more in taxes than two families qualifying for free lunch earns in a year. How exactly is he qualified to tell anyone that people making under $30,000 a year are living a life of comfort, or that they should cut money from their budget somewhere to send their kid to school with a sack lunch?
Some of the Ryan’s income comes from capital gains, dividends and a trust. These are terms an average family has heard of, but they aren’t sources of income for people who are eligible for free lunch. The Ryan’s financial disclosure forms estimate the couple’s net worth as between $2.1 million and $7.8 million. How exactly can they relate to low-income families?
Paul Ryan is rich, and I don’t begrudge him that, but like many well off assholes he can’t see outside himself. He’s yelling not to raise taxes on the rich, having no regard for the assistance so desperately needed by the poor. Instead, he votes for cutting assistance, having no concern for what even the slightest of cuts would look like for those families.
Paul Ryan has certainly proven himself worthy of my DOWA. Although, part of me feels like he needs to share it with all of his friends who share his actions, his beliefs, and his arrogant attitude. By the way, when the facts were checked on the story Paul Ryan told, it turns out, it wasn’t a true story after all. Guess he had more important things to do than check facts.