Perhaps many of you have heard about the heart-wrenching story Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan told during his speech at the annual CPAC event. During his speech, Ryan essentially said that if parents don’t personally make their children brown bag lunches, then that proves they don’t care for their children.
He spoke about a story he had heard previously about a boy who supposedly said that he didn’t want a free lunch because a lunch given to him in a brown paper bag meant that someone cared about him.
Honestly, I have no idea what the point of this “story” really was. That a child doesn’t understand why their parents might struggle to afford their daily lunch? That you have to have the mentality of a child to buy into Republican ideology? Who knows.
The book is about an 11-year-old homeless child who a woman offered the choice of giving him money for a week of lunches or buying him enough food to cover that same amount of time. Nothing quite like attacking parents living in poverty by plagiarizing a story.
The excerpt from the book reads:
If you make me lunch,” he said, “will you put it in a brown paper bag?”
I didn’t really understand the question. “Do you want it in a brown paper bag?” I asked. “Or how would you prefer it?”
“Miss Laura,” he said, “I don’t want your money. I want my lunch in a brown paper bag.”
“Okay, sure. But why do you want it in a bag?”
“Because when I see kids come to school with their lunch in a paper bag, that means someone cares about them. Miss Laura, can I please have my lunch in a paper bag?”
Where Ryan said that the story he was told was about a boy who, “didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.” Because apparently any kid who brought a brown paper bag lunch “knew they had someone who cared for him.”
Yeah, don’t tell me this “story” Ryan cites isn’t a direct pull from that book.
But this just goes to show the type of vile hatred Paul Ryan seems to have for the poor. If it’s not his budget proposals that seem to specifically target programs poor people rely on to survive, it’s him plagiarizing a story such as this to basically tell parents living in poverty who rely on free lunch programs to feed their children at school that they must not care that much for their children.
Though one thing is for certain, Paul Ryan absolutely embarrassed himself at CPAC. Not only did he attack families living in poverty, but he had to plagiarize a story from a book to do it.