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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