Congressman Paul Ryan has a plan. Yes, he has a plan to end poverty in America. “I want to talk about how we can expand opportunities in America. I don’t have all the answers; nobody does. But, by working together, we can build a healthy economy.” So, how will this blessed event occur? Simple. Consolidate all federal anti-poverty programs into one block, turn over this sum to the States, allow them to decide how best to distribute the money, and, voila! Poverty is ended. Ryan emphasized his plan is “budget neutral” which means not an extra cent for those who are poor. Of course, he wants to reduce taxes which means millions of dollars extra for those who have millions. For some reason, Mr. Ryan wants budget neutrality for the poor, but when it comes to the wealthy, the sky is the limit. The Congressman of the wealthy does not offer any ideas as to what would happen if some States decided to use this money for other purposes? Oh, I forgot, all they have to do is take their rationale to the Supreme Court which will agree the wealthy are an oppressed class in America!
In fairness to Paul, let me note he believes if only poor people could get solid advice from someone that would somehow end their poverty. In other words, the Ryan Program is based on poor folk going to an office, getting advice from some bureaucrat– one who works for a State government– and this ends being poor. Gee, I wonder why I never thought of this brilliant idea to end poverty in America??