Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan's Family Is Rich Because of the Federal Government

The Rude Pundit

In other words, you know how Barack Obama talked about how your business didn't build the roads that allow you to do business? Well, if you are in the Midwest, chances are that Paul Ryan's family did build some of the roads. And they got to be amazingly successful because the federal government gave them six decades of contracts and millions upon millions of dollars to build them.

Are we clear here? We're talking about Paul Ryan, who, with his wife, is worth as much as $7.7 million and "much of the Ryans’ wealth is in the form of trusts and inheritances." For Rep. Ryan, those trusts and inheritances are a result of money that the federal government spent on infrastructure.

So, just to get this right, Paul Ryan and his family are beneficiaries of expanded government spending to improve infrastructure. They continue to benefit from government contracts, including state and local ones. That's Paul Ryan, whose budget would inevitably gut most infrastructure spending and who, with Mitt Romney, wants to shrink federal spending to the point where, if the federal government had felt that way throughout a good chunk of the 20th century, his family would not have made a dime and, well, then we would have never heard about Paul Ryan.

That's the depth of hypocrisy in play here.

Government doesn't create jobs. Yeah, right. If there was only some way to get rich on taxpayer money without hiring anyone, that'd be so. Oh, wait, Wall St.'s got that M.O. locked up.

The whole point of "privatization" is to get the tax money direct from us without having to filter it through that pesky federal government with all those laws and regulations that try to protect us.


Fixer said...

More pigs at the trough.

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