Paul Ryan is no friend to the working poor in the United States. Ryan is best known for his hatred of welfare, his racism, and his disdain for people who actually work for a living, and he put all three of those on display Sunday when he told CBS host Bob Schieffer that welfare benefits encouraged people not to find jobs.
“After a 50 year war on poverty and trillions of dollars spent, we still have the same poverty rates,” Ryan said on Sunday. “This isn’t a Republican-Democrat thing. We as a country need to say, that’s not good enough. We’re not getting the results we need.”
Schieffer asked if that meant “the federal government needs to make more money available.”
Ryan insisted that wasn’t the case. “It’s really not a more money thing. Spend the money we have more effectively. I think we need to do another round of welfare reform — not to save money, but to save lives. And so it’s not a function of pumping more money into the same failed system because we’ll just get the same failed result. It’s rethinking how we actually attack the root causes of poverty. All we do these days effectively is treat the symptoms of poverty.”
Ryan went on to blame the welfare system for poverty:
“I would consolidate many of our federal poverty programs into flexible programs that go to our states to customize a welfare benefit for person’s particular need,” he explained.
“Because what you do when you stack up all these poverty programs on top of each other, we have this thing called the poverty trap, where we’re actually disincentivizing a person from getting on with their life and going to work,” the Wisconsin Republican opined. “It pays not to take a risk to take a job to go out an prove your life because of the benefits your lose.”
“The American idea is that the condition of your birth doesn’t determine the outcome of your life. Anybody in this country can overcome their current circumstances and make a better life for themselves and their kids. We were taught believing that, [Republicans] believe that. There are a lot of people who don’t believe that.”
The American idea that conditions of your birth don’t determine the outcome of your life needs a reality check, because they absolutely do.
Listen to the remarks below:
[h/t and cover picture RS]