Hey guys, remember how Paul Ryan is always telling everyone that we don’t need to have the social safety net because charities—especially religious charities—will take care of the poors?
Guess what? They cannot do it:
When president Donald Trump unveiled his “America First” budget proposal earlier this year, conservatives such as Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) heralded it as a document that “prioritizes American taxpayers over bureaucrats in Washington.”
But a new analysis from Bread for the World, a faith-based anti-hunger group, argues the budget doesn’t prioritize the poor, and will require every religious congregation in the country to raise $714,000 a year for 10 years to offset cuts to programs that aid the needy.
“There is no way our country’s 350,000 religious congregations can make up for the cuts in the services that help hungry, poor, and other vulnerable people,” Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, said in a press release. “Congress should not justify budget cuts by saying that churches and charities can pick up the slack. They cannot.”
Now it should come as no shock to any of us that Paul Ryan would lie so easily about screwing the poor: he knows none, and never has. Despite his much quoted biography, Ryan is an heir to one of the great midwestern industrial fortunes — Ryan Industries, which built O’Hare airport and virtually every highway and road in the midwest — and he’s married to an Oklahoma oil heiress (the only child, in fact, of an oil baron). Did he use Social Security survivor benefits when his father died very young? Sure he did, he was entitled to them, but the right question should be, did he need them? No.
So don’t defend Paul Ryan when he pops the cork tonight on another $350 Pinot Noir. We give him a 6 out of 7.