Paul Ryan: The Out of Touch Douchebag

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.
2011-12  $29,055
2013-14 $30,615

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.

DOWA Paul Ryan The Out Of Touch Douchebag

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.

 

 

 

33 Thoughts on “Paul Ryan: The Out of Touch Douchebag

  1. Agreed. He deserves a high five. In the face. With a chair. I’ve lived on food stamps before. The funny thing is, they are supposed to be supplementary and not the whole food budget. Somehow, working full time to pay for childcare and our bills, I still didn’t have enough to turn those food stamps into “supplementary” as opposed to the whole budget. I’ve been there, signing up for free lunches and grateful for it. I’ve worked my tail off to be able to send my kid to school with a packed lunch so he isn’t eating the highly processed crap they serve at school. DOWA for sure.
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    • I think the problem with many people is if they’ve never experienced the situation, or at least been close to the situation, they have no idea. No clue that the money doesn’t stretch. Food is what you buy after you’ve paid for the house, insurance, gas, electric, and gas for the car. Oh, that little bit that is left goes to food. Who knows how you’re supposed to eek out a haircut or a pair of jeans for the growing kid. He’s completely clueless. High five/face/chair good idea! Knock some sense into him ;)
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  2. Rhonda,
    You nailed it, and I’d like to nominate this DB for the DOYA (you do give an annual award right?).
    What a supreme asshat this guy is.
    I’d love to challenge him to live for a week on what these families’ manage on. He’d cry like a little kid! Oh, wait, he is a little kid, but with a whole lot of money, making his whims and tantrums worse.
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  3. “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.” – This line right here almost made me throw my plate to the across the room. As someone whose children have been in the Free Lunch Program before my love for them is not measured by where they get their lunch…it’s measured by the fact that I can sacrifice my own pride, ask for help, and know my children are well cared for.

    This man is a douchebag of the highest degree. I still haven’t forgiven him for his stance on abortion. For awhile, my friends and I all sang this little song:

    Hey, I just raped you
    And this is crazy
    But vote Paul Ryan
    You’ll have that baby
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    • “it’s measured by the fact that I can sacrifice my own pride, ask for help, and know my children are well cared for.” That’s is exactly, Exactly right! That’s the part this shitheads aren’t talking about. They act like people want to need help. Instead, they need to be thinking that it’s courageous and a great act of love for parents to swallow their pride and get the help that is needed. This isn’t a lifestyle choice.

      Oh yeah. Him and abortion. There were so many things I could have added in here about him too, but I was already slightly lengthy. I have a feeling I could have turned this into a “Why Paul Ryan is a Douchebag” the series.
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  4. As someone who worked in finance for many years – too many – I brushed sleeves with many of these douchebags. One guy remarked: “I make a half a million dollars per year and I couldn’t live on a penny less.”

    Think about that bullshit.

    THINK ABOUT IT.
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    • Oh My God! That makes me want to scream. What the fuck is wrong with these people? Seriously? Seriously. What the hell?
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      • I guess it’s all context. These people just can’t *imagine* living without 3 homes, 6 luxury cars, private school for the kids, a full wine cellar, closets full of designer clothes, etc. because to them, all of those things are necessities. My former boss had to order his *socks* over the phone from a small boutique. BUT THEY WERE GREAT SOCKS (apparently). No Kohl’s socks for him! It’s a whole other world for those people.

        One of my friends overheard a couple in Austin, TX telling their 6yo son that for his birthday they were giving him a replica of the One Ring and taking him to Iceland so he could throw it in a real volcano. For real.
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  5. The fact that so many children suffer from hunger in this country makes me want to cry and rage at the same time. This response is further exacerbated by a certain dump of monthly hormones I’m experiencing at the moment. RAWR!
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  6. I’m always so stunned and dismayed by the yahoos we vote into office in this country. Ryan is just awful, it amazes me that he can get away with the inane comments he makes. Just another reason I can not stand politicians in general and Republicans most specifically.
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    • I totally agree Claudia! The thing that always surprises me is they get votes from poor people. He clearly is not looking out for their best interests, clearly has no idea what life is like for them, but yet, when it’s time to vote they will cast their lot in with him. I wonder if people just aren’t paying attention to the things these guys are saying. There is just no way I could ever vote for someone who has his head shoved so far up his ass that there is no way he can see what life is like for the average person.
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      • I’m not sure…..perhaps it’s because they get their news from FOX news? Which is the station you see everywhere you turn, so you can’t really hide from it? And they must just believe what they see or hear, because they believe it’s a news channel when in reality it’s Rupert Murdoch’s personal soapbox. Did you see Jon Stewart’s rant about the farm bill on his show? Very funny…..
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        • Ah, Fox News. I flip it on whenever I want to get pissed off. Some of the crap they come up with on there is insane. I just watched a segment today where they were so rude and condescending to the person they were interviewing.

          I didn’t see Jon Stewart’s rant on the farm bill, but I’ll look it up. :)

  7. Wow. That is pretty much the most idiotic appeal to pathos that I’ve ever seen. A brown paper bag = your parents love you? Really? Of all things– THIS is what we’re talking about? He is most definitely deserving of your douchebag award. Beyond helping loving parents who mean well, the free lunch program also makes sure that kids in shitty situations aren’t hungry. How the hell can that be a bad thing?
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  8. Ugh. Just ugh. I guess the GOP don’t realize that representing only wealthy, white people is kinda stupid since there are less and less wealthy white people as time progresses. The rich get richer while the poor get poorer. In the near future, white people will be a minority in this country. If they keep spouting this idiotic rhetoric they will just lose every election in the future. The dems can put a fucking donkey up against the GOP’s best candidate and still win.
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    • Agreed. Their target audience keeps getting smaller and smaller. Not as many wealthy people, but also some of the wealthy ones are more liberal than they think as well.

      I am amazed at how many poor people are voting for them though. Aren’t they hearing what’s being said? These guys aren’t to help the poor or middle class. They only want to help themselves and their rich friends. Although, many of the people who vote for them are the conservative Christians who vote mainly on the abortion issue alone. I’ve talked to people before who actually called Obama a “baby killer” because he is pro choice. That just makes me shake my head and wonder.
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  9. He sounds a bit like the other douche representing your state, Sean Duffy, who complained that his salary wasn’t enough money to live on. WTH? So many are out of touch and don’t take the time to learn. I have enough issues with Ryan on most issues, particularly education and financing the Fed govn’t.
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    • I can’t claim either of those douchebags as mine personally, since I don’t live in Wisconsin personally, but I was intrigued by your comment. I’d never heard of Sean Duffy, so I checked him out. This was one of the first articles that came up and holy shit – total douchebag. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/29/154368/rep-sean-duffy-complains-about-his-salary/

      Yep, $174,000 a year isn’t enough for him since he has “debt.” Like the rest of the people don’t? Then he wants to be insistant that he has MORE debt than everyone else? Our debt is usually, not always, but usually based on our own choices. So it sounds like he just announced to everyone listening that he made a lot of poor choices, if his salary can’t cover his debt. Can’t believe he would even try to debate salary not being enough with someone who makes 1/3 of what he makes.
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  10. Doug in Oakland on March 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm said:

    The story wasn’t even true, he stole it from someone’s book. Ryan is famous for being the smart conservative budget guy, mostly because a lot of people in the media really wanted there to be a smart conservative budget guy whom they could look to for validation of their hatred of taxes. But, as Paul Krugman has been reporting the whole time, Ryan’s numbers don’t add up now, have in fact never added up, and he is basically a total fraud who talks a good game to the people already inclined to agree with him.
    He is said to have worshiped Ayn Rand and apparently never figured out that she was writing fiction. Hearing him presume to know (or care) anything about poverty after the budgets he has written makes my blood boil. Douche bag, indeed.

    • Conservative, he certainly is. But smart? I guess that all depends on who/what we are comparing him too.

      I don’t believe he can relate to poverty in any way. There’s no way he cares about people who are in that situation. His solution is that they should just make more money. Which would be a great solution. The problem is, no one has a plan to make that happen, and instead of taking time to come up with a plan he just wants to keep talking nonsense.

      Believe me, my blood was boiling when I saw his speech and started writing this one.
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  11. I really mulled over this story for a couple days and decided to preempt my comment with a few things:

    1. I feel that a family of 4 can eat (well) on $275 a month simply because my family of 6 has many months where we eat on just slightly more than that. But, I was fortunate to grow up in a home where most of my food was homemade and I do the same. Many people don’t know how to cook that way.
    2. The $300 we spend a month includes lunches since the kids are home all day. They usually eat leftovers or sandwiches and fruit.
    3. When my kids were in public school, they were on the free/reduced lunch program.
    4. IF we still qualify next year, I’ll most likely apply again when my kids go back to public school. Having the little extra bit of money in our food budget would really help.
    5. We didn’t qualify for food stamps when the kids received reduced lunch.
    6. I’m forever grateful for that program because it was one less thing I had to stress over when it came to budgeting for our food bill. I couldn’t send lunch with the kids for the $.50 their school lunches cost (not for the amount they ate there).

    I think that there’s a misconception that the kids receiving free and reduced lunches are kids whose parents don’t or can’t work, who are living in poverty, or whose parents receive other public assistance and that simply isn’t true.

    We’re a family with one working and one stay at home parent, with a decent income, very little debt, a strict budget, and little in the way of ‘extras’. Our health insurance cost has really cut into his take-home pay and that money has to come from somewhere in the budget. In our budget it happens to come from the Food line item.

    Did my kids NEED the reduced lunch? No, they didn’t. They could have gotten by on what was sent. Do I love them any less because I signed them up for it? No I don’t love them less and they love me more because they were so grateful not to have to eat pb&j every single day! But many kids do need it, and free breakfast and lunch are the only meals they get.

    I can think of a hundred other areas where the government could begin to cut funds from that doesn’t include kids and their lunches. Let’s start with the government funded retirement and insurance that these assholes happily vote into existence for themselves.
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  12. I do Ass Of The Week from time to time on my blog…I am sure DOWA frees you UP as the AOTW does me.

    It’s refreshing to call some one out from time to time.

    I applaud your courage, love your blog, and think all politicians are tools.

    Well, and the spawn of Satan.

    Good job.

    UP
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  13. Oh wow… don’t get me started. I will try and keep is short and to the point. I worked in school food service for 24 years and had lots of experience with free meals. Though there were definitely those who abused the system, there were many more who were in dire need of assistance. Many found it hard to “stoop” to using the program that was there for those who needed a hand up. The guidelines still left many families to fall through the cracks and struggle because they didn’t meet the financial qualifications.
    Unfortunately, we are now into third generation system users who only ever knew “using the system”. But…I digress. That’s a whole other story.
    I totally agree with the one person suggesting that Mr. Ryan hadn’t a clue how low income people have to live. Some of our elected officials and their families would benefit from living hand to mouth for at least 6 months, part of that time being in the summer when their children have very little access to school meals. The other time being dead of winter, when parents have to choose to feed the family or pay the heating bill. What’s that line about walking in another man’s shoes?
    We have become a nation of persons unable to relate to those need a helping hand. Some of us are so ignorant of how others have to live. (Ignorant meaning you do not know something yet). Others are just plain stupid. Others just choose to be uninformed because it might cause them to think about how good they have life compared to other people. I think, in Mr. Ryan’s instance, he’s just one of many freaking, self important idiots, who unfortunately is an elected official, with many of the same right behind him.

    • I think you have a great idea there. Walk a mile in my shoes type of a thing. They would crumble under the stress of it, but they would have a real realization that these programs are in place for a reason. They are needed. I don’t understand how people can be so quick to judge something unworthy just because they don’t even try to understand it. He’s so worried about the budget that he will cut the programs that people need without even thinking of the effect that will have on these families. That’s why he makes me so angry.

      How anyone can support someone so interested in self preservation without being interested in how others are getting by is beyond me. People chose which direction to cast their votes based on many different reasons – but anyone who is only interested in how they are effected on issues, and not worried about how the people who live in this country as a whole are effected, is someone I personally could never support.
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