|Quote Source: The Washington Post's Dana Milbank|
Congress controls the purse strings, as they say, but who is the holder of the man purse on Capitol Hill? Why, Paul Ryan. And what are his priorities? Oh, they're very very clear. Ryan's budget is notoriously anti-poor and vulnerable because it's a program gutter. And that's gutter in all senses of that word.
Who Needs more Fiber in their Diet? Why, the poor, of course.
According to Dana Milbank,
Ryan’s justification was straight out of Dickens. He wants to improve the moral fiber of the poor. There is, he told the audience at the conservative American Enterprise Institute later Tuesday, an “insidious moral tipping point, and I think the president is accelerating this.” Too many Americans, he said, are receiving more from the government than they pay in taxes.
After recalling his family’s immigration from Ireland generations ago, and his belief in the virtue of people who “pull themselves up by the bootstraps,” Ryan warned that a generous safety net “lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency, which drains them of their very will and incentive to make the most of their lives. It’s demeaning.”
Don't believe that? Perhaps you should confer with a higher power. The nuns on the bus tour this summer highlighted how Paul Ryan's budget went against the teachings of Jesus:
Led by Sister Simone Campbell, the "Nuns on the Bus" rejected the budget proposal of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., which it called "immoral" and "unpatriotic."
Ryan's budget "rejects church teaching about solidarity, inequality, the choice for the poor, and the common good. That's wrong," said Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby.
Nuns on the Bus claims that the Ryan budget would raise taxes on low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and corporations, push families into poverty, and kick 8 million people off of food stamps.
Here's Sister Campbell on MSNBC, explaining in her own words, why the Ryan budget is immoral.