Paul Ryan Makes Some of the Most Ignorant Comments During Day 1 of CPAC

paul-ryan-cpacSometimes I watch, read or listen to Republicans giving speeches and I just walk away flabbergasted at what I just witnessed.  They often define the phrase, “They simply don’t get it.”

Take for instance Paul Ryan speaking about free school lunches during CPAC.  He essentially implied that parents who don’t personally make their kids lunches to take with them to school don’t care about their children.

He also said that kids don’t want free lunches.

Ryan brought up a story he heard from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker about a boy who apparently told him that he didn’t want free school lunches.  According to Ryan the boy said he, “didn’t want a free lunch.  He wanted he 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.”

So basically any parent who doesn’t personally make their children brown paper bag lunches doesn’t care for them.

I’m sorry, I grew up dirt poor on free lunches.  My mother worked two jobs and still we barely got by.  And I damn sure know my mother cared about me.  Her inability to send me to school with a personally bagged lunch didn’t have a damn thing to do with what kind of mother she was.  For Ryan to even insinuate that is reprehensible.

But then he went on to prove how delusional he really is, by calling Republicans the “party of ideas.”  No, seriously, he did.  Ryan said, “Let the other party be the party of personalities.  We will be the party of ideas.  The left isn’t just out of ideas, they’re out of touch.”


The left is out of touch?  Wow.

Americans overwhelmingly support:

  • Universal background checks on all gun purchases
  • Extending unemployment benefits
  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Passing sensible immigration reform
  • Legalizing same-sex marriage
  • The reality of climate change
  • That income inequality is a real problem

ALL issues Republicans strongly oppose.  Not only do they oppose these things, often times they support legislation which opposes these things.

And as far as Republicans being the party of “ideas,” please.  If it’s not protecting tax cuts for the rich, opposing the closing of tax loopholes for big corporations, supporting subsidies for big oil or pandering to the far-right religious radicals – Republicans don’t have any ideas.

The simple fact that Paul Ryan could go out on the stage at CPAC, say such nonsense, and undoubtedly get applauded for it proves just how out of touch conservatives really are.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    A bunch of sorry excuse for human beings. That’s what the Tea/Gop are. The parents who bred these individuals must be very proud.

  • puck_them_all

    Let him keep shoveling his shit because people who constantly shovel shit end up buried in it! Read that somewhere today but its very fitting for the Eddie Munster wanna be.

  • Kevin Daugherty

    what a tool

  • Kenneth Browning

    So one kid, out of the roughly 22 million children between the ages of 6-11, saying he wabts a sack lunch means all kids want a sack lunch?

  • Edward Krebbs

    And with mom and dad working multiple jobs to make ends meet, I’m sure they have plenty of time to make that sack lunch. Plus, how healthy is that traditional sack lunch ?

  • MLR

    Paul Ryan and the rest of his ilk are a bunch of idiots. All they know how to do is insult and blame the working poor in this country. Their logic is twisted but they have successfully pitted Americans against Americans. There are a lot of people that really believe that most food stamp recipients don’t work or they’re gaming the system and blame the person when they should be blaming companies that pay poverty wages, especially profitable ones like Walmart and McDonalds. And before anyone says that these are starter positions held only by students that’s bull. Here where I live (somewhere in TX) even with some college and several years of experience it’s hard to find a job that pays more than 9.00 an hour. You can’t raise a family on these wages anymore, even with two people working. Americans should be outraged that their tax dollars are going on subsidizing profitable companies who pay poverty wages and also get tax breaks. Let’s give those tax breaks to mom and pop shops instead, they need them more.

  • Amy Darnell-Fuchs

    My brother in law told me that there were times when if it hadn’t been for the school lunch program he wouldn’t have had anything to eat. How is that a child’s fault?

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    Just face it. Ryan and his ill ilk would never want to see an equal footing for all. That would give them that much more to actually do to get to where nepotism stream lines for them. If there were that equal footing happening, they would never get anywhere near where they are now. To actually compete when all other factors being equal,,, never in their play book. Funny that they love NASCAR so much.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      smell of fumes actually RAISES their IQs.
      …………….and those hot dogs and sodas!!

  • Melissa Einhorn Shouse

    As a person who went to school before free lunch programs. I went without lunch many times. I would have loved to be able to just have lunch. Paul Ryan never went hungry or he wouldn’t be compelled to make such statements. I call BULLSHIT.

  • DaltonOriginal

    The only thing I can see that would make me remotely believe they are the party of ideas would be if the word stupid was inserted just before the word ideas!

  • barefoot bob

    4 billion years of evoltion and we still have cretins like Ryan walking the earth, fucking amazing !

  • Jim Bean

    Where was the author’s father? And if absent, could the absence be attributed in any way to NOW or affirmative action? There is a lot to be said for encouraging parents to assume at least a minimal level of responsibility for the child-rearing process. Teaching kids that lunch is never ‘free’ seems like a good start to me. I think its the liberals who ‘don’t get it.’

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      wow– your pedantic ‘observation’ here extrapolates into NO RIGHTWING CHRISTIANs ever have a broken home
      ………………… time for U to put down your bottle and attempt math in relation to statistics
      “ozzie and harriet” and ” the flintstones” are your roll models

  • FD Brian

    It’s very typical of RWNJ to take an exception and try and make it a rule. I bet if you ask them they’ll say, cigarettes don’t cause cancer, my uncle smoked a pack a day until he was 85 and never got cancer. These are the same people who thought women would instantly disrobe and start fornicating with any male in arms reach if they saw Elvis dance on tv.

  • Dave

    And now he had to pull back this story, because he lied about it….he isn’t called Lyin’ Ryan for nothing.

  • Dot

    I hear he didn’t even talk to a little boy. He stole the story. Oh, and I’m a retired teacher. Most kids ate school lunch, free or paid, because it was easier, Hardly anyone, except the kids who had allergies brought their lunches. Most of the kids had working mothers, so they didn’t have time to make lunches.

  • kim

    cant stand the Darrin stevens (dumb dumb) look alike……he thinks he is so very smart and hes as stupid as a box of rocks!