Thursday, March 13, 2014

Paul Ryan's the Dignity of Work and the 'Magical, Mythical' Little Boy

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Paul Ryan's socioeconomic musings are interesting, quite interesting. He seems to believe that people having to rely on their jobs for their healthcare is somehow less dignified than healthcare as a basic right.

And then he repeats the old meme about "equal outcomes" vs."equal opportunity"...

Then as if to prove his point about the dignity of human worth through poverty, he tells the story of a little boy who finds has lunch provided for him b  being given a sack lunch given to as proof that 'somebody cares'...a story that has been proven to be, shall we say, less than factual.

Is CPAC the venue where conservatives get together and tell one another fairy-tales?

"Paul Ryan says the government safety net may protect Americans from the vicissitudes of life, but that handouts leave people unfulfilled in a more profound way."
""The left is making a big mistake here. What they're offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul," the Wisconsin Republican said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. "People don't just want a life of comfort. They want a life of dignity -- of self-determination.""
"But most Americans don't think handouts steal dignity from the poor, according to anew HuffPost/YouGov poll. And few think there's anything dignified about working for bad pay."
"Ryan cited free school lunches as an example of something less-than-dignified, but by a 63 percent to 19 percent margin, most Americans said that giving free food to poor people does not undermine their dignity."
"And although Ryan's speech highlighted his belief in "the dignity of work," the poll suggests not all work automatically pays in dignity. Only 30 percent of Americans said they think people working in low-wage jobs that don't pay enough for basic expenses gain dignity from those jobs simply by virtue of working. Fifty-eight percent said they think a job needs to at least cover basic living expenses to give a person dignity."

A decent wage Mr. Ryan, think of it...THEN they all lived happily ever after...

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