Congress

Speaker Paul Ryan is an Unparalleled Hypocrite

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Among other things, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan demanded guaranteed family leave time before accepting his new role. The Speaker of the House has many duties and Ryan was concerned his new responsibilities would limit the amount of time he has to spend with his family.

That in itself would not be controversial, indeed it may even be welcome, but Paul Ryan clearly believes only he deserves family leave.

Ryan appeared on Fox News Sunday where he dismissed paid family leave as just another "entitlement."

“I don’t think people asked me to be Speaker so I can take more money from hard-working taxpayers, so I can create some new federal entitlement,” Ryan said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” “But I think the public wants to have members of Congress that 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?”

In this particular instance Ryan may have the same concerns as many parents, however that clearly does little good as he is not willing to, or interested in, extending the same privileges he now enjoys to his constituents.

To categorize family leave as a "federal entitlement" is a misnomer at best. The federal government does employ a significant amount of people but guaranteed family leave should be provided to all Americans. The cost of providing family leave to the overwhelming majority of Americans who are not employed by the federal government would fall on their employers and would not require new taxes nor would such a mandate qualify as a "federal entitlement" and all that entails.

Ryan clearly wants to divide Americans and cast this as a unique privilege for government employees who, as we all know, don't have a "real job" in conservative folklore, but Ryan himself is a government employee who just negotiated unique privileges for himself alone.

I believe guaranteed family leave could pass both chambers of Congress if the issue was afforded an up or down vote with no policy riders but Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will never allow that.

  • bphoon

    Speaker Paul Ryan is an Unparalleled Hypocrite

    But we already knew that from the last campaign he waged.

    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?”

    Maybe, but more important than that, I want someone who knows what he/she is doing.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I hate this:

    “I don’t think people asked me to be Speaker so I can take more money from hard-working taxpayers, so I can create some new federal entitlement[.]”

    The obvious [completely false and dishonest] implication being, that those who pay for it won’t get it and those who get it won’t pay for it. That those who pay taxes and those who receive government benefits are two completely separate, distinct and non-overlapping sets of people.

    I F***ING HATE THAT.

  • japa21

    I am pretty sure that, if he could, Ryan would eliminate paid maternity leave and paid leave for death of a family member, and any sick pay. And he would turn everyone into exempt employees so no matter how many hours one works they only get paid for 40.

  • muselet

    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?

    Not necessarily—this whole “elect someone who knows as little as you” lark hasn’t worked out all that well—but for the sake of argument, sure, why not.

    However, I also want to live in a country where people can take time from work to care for ill or injured family members without losing their jobs. Calling that “some new federal entitlement” is an insult to everyone for whom family isn’t just folks who pose together for campaign photos.

    I’d tell Paul Ryan what he can do, but what I’d suggest would be unpleasant for the rusty chainsaw.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      I also want to live in a country where people can take time from work to care for ill or injured family members without losing their jobs.

      Something you might expect the Party of Family Values would support.

      Were they not, of course, such blatant hypocrites that we know never to expect decency from them.

    • gescove

      Yeah… he’s just plain folks like the rest of us. With a net worth of $3 million, a salary (now that he is Speaker) of $225,000, a Congressional allowance for staff, travel, etc. that averages about $1.35 million, generous health and retirement benefits… you know, just plain folks. I prefer “monumental douchebag” to “unparalleled hypocrite” to describe Ryan.

      • muselet

        He’s also the guy who wants to privatize Social Security, after he received SS survivors benefits as a teenager.

        Who says he can’t be both douchebag and hypocrite?

        –alopecia

        • gescove

          Point well taken… clearly he’s both.

  • Aynwrong

    Conservatism: Good for me, not for thee. “NOW GET A JOB YA BUM!!!!!”