Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Paul Ryan's apology

In this article he apologizes for past rhetoric about the poor. He said:

“There was a time when I would talk about a difference between ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong. ‘Takers’ wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don’t want to be dependent. [...] I was callous and I oversimplified and castigated people with a broad brush. There is a lot of that happening in America today.”

Thing is, he has not proposed any changes to policy that would actually help the poor.
Seems it's all just a spinned rhetorical strategy to talk a good game but do nothing about it. At least this change in rhetoric indicates he's seeing public polling trends that see his and his Party's prior attitudes toward the poor are cruel and callous. But given the lack of changed policy it's just a political strategy to placate the public while doing nothing to remedy the situation, thereby revealing the GOP's true belief that the poor really are takers and should just go starve and die.

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