…is already singing that familliar tune:
CHAIRMAN PAUL RYAN is at AEI this morning to present an anti-poverty plan, “Expanding Opportunity in America: A Discussion Draft from the House Budget Committee,” in a speech that pulls in his Jack Kemp roots and allows him to tap into his inner wonk. He’s proposing a voluntary Opportunity Grant program that “would consolidate up to 11 federal programs into one stream of funding [food stamps, housing subsidies, child-care assistance, cash welfare] to participating states.”
He only knows one tune, so he keeps changing the name of the song, but the melody stays the same.
We have an obligation to expand opportunity in America — to deliver real change, real solutions, and real results. And to do that, we need to stop listening to the loudest voices in the room — and start listening to the smartest voices in the room. So I’ve spent the last year traveling all over the country-learning from people fighting poverty on the front lines. I’ve been to a high school in Milwaukee that’s eliminated 14 gangs from school grounds. I’ve been to a church in Indianapolis that’s helped hundreds of men get off drugs. I’ve been to a homeless shelter in Denver and a rehab center in San Antonio.”
…and I’ve been to Nice and the Isles of Greece, but I’ve never been to me…
“[T]oday, I want to start a conversation. … When I went to Milwaukee or Denver or Indianapolis, nobody asked me what party I belonged to. They welcomed anybody who was willing to listen and learn. That should be our approach in Washington. Enough with the politics. Let’s talk solutions … [W]e need to build a society where hard work is rewarded and every American has the opportunity to succeed-regardless of birthplace or background. And to do that, everybody’s got to get involved. If we all work together, we can build a healthy economy. We can fix this. We can get this done.”
It’s his same Ayn Randian bullshit with a different Ronald Reagan cover band. (Fair Warning: it’s a PDF, 73 pages.)