Ironically, despite Ryan and his conservative brethren’s concern with “dependence” on government assistance, rewarding work just doesn’t seem to register as a key antipoverty strategy.
Kaufmann sez: "You’d think some of these data would make an impression on Speaker Ryan, who is constantly clambering (sic) about the need for evidence. The fact is he simply doesn’t like the evidence he sees.
What Ryan likes or dislikes is irrelevant to the patrons he services.
“Think of it as a two-step project.”
A three-step, imo - shoveling bucks at the rich and cutting social services that, however inadequately, support society and lessen the suffering of the poor, that’s Kaufmann’s two.
The third is that immiserating and increasing the number of poor people effectively disenfranchises low-income citizens most likely to hold progressive views that could combat the predations of the rich.
How much does a new congresscritter make – $174,000? That figure puts them at the high end of the Middle Class and yet, as we have seen for at least the last decade they are doing NOTHING to earn THAT 'ENTITLEMENT’ (entitlement the way the reptardicons use it)! I’d say if we’re going to clean up government waste we should start with *them!
*My dad used to say that capital punishment was nothing more than sanitation … taking out the garbage – THAT’S what we need to do to the ‘entitled phuques’ like Ryan, McConnell and Trump!
So, okay, they got to rob the bank with their tax cut. Now we are faced with the gutting the safety-net next.
How can you have a thriving and successful country when it is filled with sick and dying people? You cannot. We do not have a government, we have a cancer.