Paul Ryan spoke at CPAC over the weekend and delivered a truly appalling and inane speech about how terrible it is to help poor people eat. Why is it terrible? Because it gives them a “full stomach but an empty soul.” Oh, and he used a fake story to illustrate his point in the process.
“The left is making a big mistake here. What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. The American people want more than that. This reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson. She serves in the cabinet of my buddy, Governor Scott Walker. She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.”
And his solution to this is….what? To cut food stamps and school lunch programs. Does he think that if they don’t have a full stomach, that will help fill up their “soul” (whatever the hell that is)? Even if one believed this nonsense about filling the “souls” of children, how does giving them an empty stomach help do that? And how exactly does Ryan propose to relieve their “empty souls”?
And do you want to let that kid bring a brown bag lunch? How exactly does cutting food stamps help do that? That only makes it less likely that he can do so. Also, the idea that buying one’s school lunch means your parents don’t love you is utterly moronic. And he got wild applause for this bit of stupid.
Like Dispatches on Facebook: