Paul Ryan laid down his demands before accepting the position of Republican House Speaker. One of those demands was to allow him more time with his family. That family time it seems, is paramount to Paul Ryan. But given the same opportunity to allow other Americans to have more time with their family, Paul Ryan and Republicans voted down that bill.
In an interview on Fox News today, Ryan, the new House Speaker – he accepted the job because his demands were met – was asked to explain that apparent hypocrisy, and in his explanation Ryan said that Americans spending more time with their family can only be done if another “federal entitlement” is created, and that was something he was not going to do.
“I don’t think people asked me to be Speaker to so that I can take more money from hardworking taxpayers to create some new federal entitlement. But I think people want to have members of Congress who 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?” I’m going to keep living in Janesville, Wisconsin where I’m from, where I raise my family. I’m going to keep going back and forth to D.C.”
It’s apparently good for Paul Ryan, but making sure that the average American has that same privilege? Paul Ryan and his Republican buddies call that an entitlement.