Paul Ryan’s Stance On Paid Family Leave Shows Exactly Why I Called Him a Scumbag

paul-ryan-fox-newsI stand by my assertion that newly appointed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is one of the biggest Republican scumbags in Congress. He’s someone who constantly complains about entitlements, government programs and public spending despite the fact that practically his entire life has been supported by government programs and/or the taxpayers. He even used Social Security benefits he received following his father’s tragic death to help him pay for school.

Yes, the guy who’s built his career out of opposing entitlement programs used benefits from an entitlement program to help pay for his education. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Ryan recently took his ridiculousness up a notch when he included as part of his demands requirements to replace John Boehner as House Speaker that he be given adequate time to spend with his family. This is the sort of thing that Fox News and the conservative media would be losing their minds over had a Democrat made such a request – yet because it was Paul Ryan, the right pretty much completely ignored it.

Well, during an interview Sunday morning on Fox News, Ryan was asked whether or not he would support legislation that provided paid “family time” to Americans who want the exact same thing he demanded before becoming Speaker of the House. His answer was absolutely appalling:

I don’t think people asked me to be Speaker so that I can take more money from hardworking taxpayers to create some new federal entitlement. But I think people want to have members of Congress who represent them, that are like them. Don’t you want your member of Congress to be a citizen legislator who lives with you among you, who has your own kinds of concerns, who wants to spend time with his children on Saturdays and Sundays? I’m going to keep living in Janesville, Wisconsin where I’m from, where I raise my family. I’m going to keep going back and forth to D.C. If you’re asking me, because I want to spend… I want to continue being the best dad and husband and Speaker I can be, getting that work-life balance correct means I should sign up for new unfunded entitlement, that doesn’t make any sense.

When I heard these words I was speechless; the gall on this guy is literally breathtaking. In one statement he defended himself for demanding that he have time to spend with his family, while simultaneously arguing against any sort of legislation that would provide the same sort of “family time” to every American. 

I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. Sure, I’ve seen politicians say some fairly crazy and ridiculous things before, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen one demand something for themselves while stating that they oppose giving every other American that same right – at the exact same time. 

Keep in mind that the Speaker of the House is a taxpayer-funded position paying $223,500 per year.

The total disregard Ryan shows for hardworking families is astonishing. Millions of people miss out on “family time” because their wages are too low and their employers aren’t required to give them any sort of paid leave from work. In many instances, parents are forced to leave sick children in the care of someone else because they cannot afford to miss work. And if they do miss work, it’s not uncommon for them to risk losing their job or face some sort of backlash from their employer for calling in. Trust me, I’ve seen it at just about every company I’ve worked for.

But that’s all okay, because Mr. “I Oppose Government Spending” Paul Ryan is damn sure going to make sure he gets his “family time” along with his cushy, taxpayer-funded quarter of a million dollar salary – with government benefits, including pension.

It really is ridiculous that hardworking poor and middle class Americans are gullible enough to vote for an absolute hypocrite like Paul Ryan.

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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