Joined: Jan 17 2005
Topic: Paul Ryan WTF!? Posted: Jul 24 2014 at 10:37pm
It actually sounds good , but I know better and despise this man. We're being tricked y'all.
Five Ways Paul Ryan Thinks He Can End Poverty
By Noah Weiland
9 hours ago
Five Ways Paul Ryan Thinks He Can End Poverty (ABC News)
Rep. Paul Ryan thinks the federal government should
stop its habit of treating poverty as a series of isolated problems and
start listening to the "boots on the ground," local community leaders
fighting for different results.
Today, Ryan, R-Wisconsin, released
an anti-poverty proposal he coined an "Opportunity Grant" that
concentrates 11 safety-net programs - food stamps, housing assistance,
child care and cash welfare, among them - into a single stream of
funding offered to states that agree to the program.
is budget neutral, meaning states would receive the exact same amount of
money for safety-net expenditures as they currently do under law, he
told those gathered at the American Enterprise Institute. He believes
the grant addresses poverty in a more holistic, "collaborative" way.
"This isn't your garden variety block grant," he said.
The speech and a short panel that followed were pitched as a call for economic solidarity.
Arthur Brooks, AEI's president, told the crowd, "Patriots fight for America, no matter how they vote."
Here are five ways Ryan believes he can help end poverty:
1. Establish a new spirit of togetherness.
framed the problem in a language normally unfamiliar to Republicans,
incorporating individual enterprise into a group-oriented, populist
vocabulary: "The secret of our country's success is collaboration:
people working together, learning together, building together. … The
fact is, each person's needs fit into a coherent whole: a career. And
each person fits into a coherent whole: a community." He told the
audience after his speech, "We have a lot of silos that are isolating
the poor from our communities," adding that most people expect their tax
money and the federal government to take care of the problem. Ryan's
support for local service providers is supposed to encourage the poor to
develop short-, medium-, and long-term plans with help from the
providers, using contracts, timelines and rewards for meeting different
"benchmarks of success."
2. Turn anti-poverty measures into a grassroots, bottom-up operation.
believes his proposal is "reconceiving the federal government's role"
in anti-poverty programs: "No longer will it try to supplant our
communities but to support them … the people on the ground. They're the
vanguard. They fight poverty on the front lines. They have to lead this
effort and Washington should follow their lead." He called for an end to
the red tape he thinks is holding back low-income families, suggesting
that if federal agencies propose any kind of regulation that would
negatively affect the poor, they have to see it approved by Congress. A
more localized anti-poverty strategy can present a more "personalized,
customized form of aid."
3. Don't just counsel low-income people and families. Counsel convicts, too.
of punishing non-violent, low-risk criminals with harsh sentences,
offer them counseling, job training, and the opportunity to trade prison
time for pre-release custody, "as long as they complete a program with a
proven track record." Ryan pointed to the recent Public Safety
Enhancement Act, which looks to get ex-cons at risk of re-incarceration
out of a life of crime. Those who aren't crowding the criminal justice
system are more likely to contribute to the work force in ways that help
combat poverty, he argued.
4. Start accrediting more colleges.
cited legislation supported by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Ron
DeSantis, R-Fla., which seeks fewer constraints on accrediting
universities, vocational schools, and even curricula and individual
courses, as a major influence on the Opportunity Grant plan. Ryan's plan
looks to let more schools in on federal oversight normally reserved for
four-year institutions. On a panel after his speech, he praised the
vocational schools near him in Wisconsin, indicating their stature as in
keeping with many four-year institutions that don't offer formal
5. Use the Earned Income Tax Credit to the advantage of childless workers.
Earned Income Tax Credit has become a hot issue for reform-minded
conservatives looking to appeal to a wider swath of working-class
Americans. Ryan suggested doubling the maximum credit for childless
workers to $1,005 and lowering the minimum eligibility age from 25 to
21. "This is one of the few programs that have shown results," he noted.
Ryan believes President Obama has wrongly proposed raising taxes to pay
for the credit, and Ryan wants to pay for it by "eliminating
ineffective programs and corporate welfare, like subsidies to energy
companies." For Ryan, the tax credit is a way to ensure that "it always
pays to work."
On a panel after the speech, Ryan was praised by
Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, who co-directs the Brookings
Center on Children and Families, and who was a longtime congressional
adviser on welfare reform. Haskins believes that almost everything in
Ryan's proposal could garner bipartisan agreement. "This is a sweeping
proposal. It's worthy of a think tank," he said. "It's a spectacular
document. I have not seen anything like this from an individual member
in Congress for many years."
Joined: Jan 17 2005
Posted: Jul 25 2014 at 12:04am
I don't trust anyone who is a fan of Ayn Rand. You are right, this is not his own thinking. I just hope people are smart enough not to fall for this. If he had his way he would work hard to slowly undo years of progress. He has a sick agenda. Honestly, he scares me.
Joined: Jan 17 2005
Posted: Jul 25 2014 at 12:07am
4 and 5 are good ideas, but the whole "Opportunity Grant" thing is just a slick way to do away with assistance. Because like the states who refused to expand Medicaid with the Affordable Care Act, they'll just say NO.
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