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Paul Ryan’s New Idea Is
Really Smart—But Will It Fly?

Fiscal Times, by Rob Garver

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/18/2014 11:43:32 AM

As part of the general effort among Republicans in Washington to prevent President Obama’s focus on inequality from painting them as the party of plutocrats, Rep. Paul Ryan appeared at the Brookings Institution this week to talk about poverty. The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice-presidential nominee discussed how the poor could be “reintegrated” into society, and as part of his speech, he proposed that the United States consider adopting a “Universal Credit” scheme that would both streamline the various social safety net payments and tax credits the poor receive and, rather than cutting off abruptly when recipients cross a certain

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 1/18/2014 11:58:54 AM     (No. 9697016)

I have a better idea, since big business is pushing amnesty onto the American public which will depress wages thus increase poverty in flyover country we should support a "living wage". This would shift the burden away from the taxpayer to the crony capitalists who are pushing for cheap labour.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/18/2014 12:17:58 PM     (No. 9697037)

Paul who?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/18/2014 1:14:41 PM     (No. 9697118)

Paul Ryan should move to France and take his friend, Patty Murray.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: eoddad, 1/18/2014 1:17:34 PM     (No. 9697121)

Ryan can have all the bright ideas he wants he is dead politically to me.

Sorry to all the veterans out there who Smart Pauly screwed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: judy, 1/18/2014 1:25:15 PM     (No. 9697130)

Sorry Ryan, you lost all credibility with the last 1.1 trillion $$$ non budget.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: absalom, 1/18/2014 2:23:07 PM     (No. 9697172)

Every time this utterly ridiculous numbers weenie opens his mouth, he confirms Clemens adage that it´s better to sit in silence and be presumed a moron than open one´s mouth and remove all doubt. Poverty is a lefty badge and lethal snare for R´s but this doofus wants to discuss a plan for ´reintegrating and universal credits´. Let the poverty pimps take their petitions to their Plantation Masters, the Democrats. The appropriate R tactic is benign neglect but they don´t call the GOP the stupid party w/o good cause.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BreakRight, 1/18/2014 3:13:48 PM     (No. 9697206)

#6 points out the trap of govt benefits... anyone on govt benefits compares the pay of a prospective job to the benefits, so if the job pays 25% more than he´s getting, he feels like he´s being asked to work a 40-hour week (and lose all that free time and potentially have to pay taxes) for a measly 25%, so why would he want to do that? It´s why generous govt benefits ARE a trap when a work ethic hasn´t been learned AND there´s no shame associated with taking govt benefits. I suspect some of the more enterprising recipients use their govt-supported "free" time to earn money under the table (or engage in criminal activity) to supplement their govt-provided income, so accepting employment would constitute a pay cut.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns, 1/18/2014 6:39:06 PM     (No. 9697326)

Paul´s path to higher office ended when he screwed the military in his budget deal. We won´t forgive or forget.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/18/2014 7:49:19 PM     (No. 9697368)

Poverty is a big business. Putting aside the direct transfers of cash, goods and services, there is an army of social workers, academics, and non-profits/charities dependent on the condition for employment and enrichment. Without "poverty" there would be no President Barack Obama, or a slew of others. "Fighting poverty" is a perpetual fleecing, one which like other "good causes" quickly becomes an unassailable racket. Ryan´s a politician...no better no worse.

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